Marvel's The Punisher Season 2: 10 Reasons To Be Excited
10. The Punisher Season 1 Was One Of The Best Marvel/Netflix Seasons So Far
While 2017's The Defenders was lackluster, it was soon followed by the first season of The Punisher, which expertly delivered on the promise shown by Jon Bernthal's take on the character in his supporting role in Daredevil Season 2. The Punisher's first full season took the story we'd already seen about Bernthal's vigilante ex-marine and went deeper. We saw him fully uncover the conspiracy that led to murder of his family and destroyed his life.
While most of the Marvel/Netflix shows have been guilty of 'bloat' - stretching maybe 8-10 hours of story out to fill 13 episodes - The Punisher was one of the best paced yet as Frank fell in with Ebon Moss-Bachrach's 'Micro' - a former NSA Analyst who had to fake his own death after being targeted by the same people who betrayed Frank. The two protagonists' vastly different characters and skill sets provided a great jumping off point - as well as some much-needed humour to lighten the tone a little - as we followed their joint mission.
With the perpetrators turning out to include Castle's best friend and former Marine colleague Billy Russo (as well as top-level CIA officials), a parallel investigation by Homeland Security Agent Dinah Midani and an unflinching look at the descent of a PTSD-afflicted young soldier played by Daniel Webber there were plenty of intriguing story threads, which were all weaved together expertly by showrunner Steve Lightfoot and his team.