Finally finished the Netflix Punisher series. Daredevil season 1 is still my number one, but Punisher is up there. It has some incredible performances, and I can’t think of a more perfect Frank Castle than Jon Bernthal, he is exceptional.
That being said, I think I’m done watching Netflix Marvel shows. Seasons continue to be unnecessarily long and slow. I’ve found it hard to work my way through the last several seasons of Marvel shows, and really none since the first season of Daredevil have compelled me to binge watch. It just doesn’t feel like a valuable use of my TV time anymore.
I do have some major issues with The Punisher series though. The season really painted all war vets as unstable, bloodthirsty, suicidal, and/or without remorse. It painted a really dark light on war vets, and while I’m sure that wasn’t the intention, it was the impact the season had on me. Also, it was unnecessarily brutal. Violent scenes were clearly added just because they could, and didn’t help to improve the narrative at all. That made it really hard to watch. If I wanted torture porn I’d go watch Hostel.