Karen pursues the Punisher’s story. Matt puts the power back into the cops’ hands. The Punisher craves answers. Frank tells his story.
On Marvel’s Daredevil Season 2 Episode 4, “Penny and Dime,” Frank’s story is finally told, fleshing him out as a character and providing the real image of him, rather than what the media of Hell’s Kitchen has constructed. The morality of Frank is fully explained, as well as his cunning and cleverness, and the keen understanding of what he is after. Simultaneously, Matt has to figure out how exactly to readjust the power of Hell’s Kitchen back to those that are truly protecting it, putting the power in the hands of the police rather than in the hands of vigilantes.
Matt and Frank have a discussion. Karen and Foggy utilize their own superpowers. Frank makes Matt choose.
On Marvel’s Daredevil Season 2 Episode 3, “New York’s Finest,” Frank and Matt’s polar opposites ideas come head-to-head in a debate between the two of them, with Frank leaving Matt to decide which of their visions of the world is right. Frank and Matt’s debate is a direct correlation between the idea of rehabilitation and the death penalty, except being enacted by vigilantes rather than lawmakers. In either case, the cornerstone remains the same, and boils down to an essential question, if one good deed can redeem a person or one bad deed can condemn them. The title of the episode directly reflects how each man believes in justice, and how each sees the law, and the ones who enforce it.
Karen and Foggy defend Grotto, who just wants to live. The Punisher gets introduced officially. Matt learns he might not be the best vigilante in town anymore.
On Marvel’s Daredevil Season 2 Episode 2, “Dogs to a Gunfight,” Matt begins to realize he might have his work cut out for him fighting against this new villain, dubbed the Punisher. The new client of Nelson & Murdock, Grotto, has a spotlight on him, both from the cops and from the Punisher himself. Suffering from the shot from the Punisher, Matt loses his footing in a battle against the warrior-like villain vigilante. On a more romantic front, Matt and Karen push onward, both towards a goal they’re not sure of yet, as both of their characterization grows independently of one another. The Punisher takes advantage of a subdued Matt, leaving his life hanging in the balance once again.
Karen chooses her own life and the people that she wants in it.
Love triangles are some of the most popular relationships in the media, two corners of the triangle vying for the attention of one. Love triangles might be popular because of the incessant drama that it induces, and for most love triangles, there is almost nothing more to the story than the struggle of picking one or the other. When Karen Page is introduced in the first season of Daredevil, she buds from a victim to Foggy and Matt’s adorably intelligent aide to the very adept and detective-like reporter.
Matt and Karen’s pairing off is inevitable and ultimately less cringe-worthy, as there is no unnecessary frustration of figuring out if Karen will choose him or Foggy, causing a relieved sigh from the audience. Matt seems the obvious choice for her, the way their ideas and thoughts align. Then, the second season of Daredevil introduces the antithesis to Matt and the seeming villain, Frank Castle. Fostered by Karen’s belief in him and stemming his trust in her, a blossoming of a relationship forms, fracturing the idea she’s created with Matt. The love triangle emerges, but perhaps in an entirely different way, and that is because of Karen Page’s autonomy.
The mobs take a hit. Matt seems to thrive in his double life. Foggy dips into old school friends to find a lead. Karen outruns a killer in the hospital. The bad guy gets Matt.
On Marvel’s Daredevil Season 2 Episode 1, “Bang,” Nelson & Murdock is back in full swing, but that means that the savior complex might be too comfortable of a mantle for Matt, and one that he might not be able to upkeep. As the mobsters of Hell’s Kitchen take a beating, it becomes clear that the new villain wreaking havoc on Hell’s Kitchen might be a little more dangerous than anyone could have anticipated. Even Wilson Fisk might not hold a candle to the chaos that this new villain promises. The team of Nelson & Murdock, in all their capacities, is on it. It seems Daredevil may have met his match.
Matt and Foggy make a move on the law front. Matt makes a move with his new costume. Karen realizes that the future holds more promise than she thought. Matt and Fisk have a final battle. Fisk returns to his own personal drawing board.
On Marvel’s Daredevil Season 1 Episode 13, aptly named “Daredevil,” Nelson & Murdock finds its feet in the constantly shifting world they have come to call home. Matt and Foggy realize that their best opportunity to defeat the evil surrounding them is by working together, by sifting through what they can with the law and then allowing Matt to be who he is, Foggy’s title of hero. Fisk realizes he isn’t at all who he thought he was but realizes who he has become and accepts that role. Matt realizes who he is, at long last, and dons the red horns.
Matt realizes the picture is bigger than he initially thought. Foggy and Karen try to fill in the gaps of the city’s corruption in their own ways. Ben loses a gamble against Fisk.
On Marvel’s Daredevil Season 1 Episode 12, “The Ones We Leave Behind,” the title indicates that the one left behind had the best story left to tell. As Karen grapples with her decision, as well as the fracturing of her law firm, she has yet to realize that the slow disintegration of her world mirrors the city itself. In the same vein as the lawyers, Fisk attempts to keep his loose ends from spiraling out of his control. Foggy, Karen, and Matt use their different avenues to try to facilitate change.
Matt and Fisk act as martyrs in order to preserve their ideas for the city. Karen makes a bold choice in order to survive. Matt enlists the help to get a suit for himself made.
On Marvel’s Daredevil Season 1 Episode 11, “The Path of the Righteous,” both Fisk and Matt accept their positions as martyrs in their own stories, acting as the antitheses to one another in an effort to be the stopgap against the other. Karen refuses to be a victim in her own story and commits an act that will undoubtedly have some ugly repercussions. Foggy descends further into sadness as the functioning trio of Nelson & Murdock begins its slow descent into disintegration. Vanessa’s decay and Karen’s choice seem destined to facilitate a sharp change in Fisk.
Nelson & Murdock splits up. Fisk learns that his power comes at a cost. Foggy and Matt’s flashbacks reveal who they used to be, and who Foggy thought Matt always was. All the characters reveal that they cannot live half a life.
On Marvel’s Daredevil Season 1 Episode 10, “Nelson v. Murdock,” the fight goes from Matt against the evil of Hell’s Kitchen to a fight between he and Foggy, the two people who are meant to be on the same side. Rather than acting together, they are now on opposite sides of the fence, the evil cascading around them the last thing on their minds as they attempt to figure out who exactly the other person is. Ben and Karen make decisions that alter the course of their lives, their mindsets splitting as they attempt to decide who they will be and what their futures will look like. Alternatively, as Matt and Foggy analyze Matt’s choices, Fisk realizes that the choices he has made, and the way his mind is splitting is creating chaos in its wake.
Matt realizes he has to become a certain kind of person to defeat Fisk. Fisk sets a trap for Matt. Karen and Foggy unite in praise of their justice pursuit and then in tragedy. Nobu and Matt meet.
On Marvel’s Daredevil Season 1 Episode 9, “Speak of the Devil,” the name of the episode is directly tied into Matt’s belief system, as well as his inner debate. Just as the priest tells him, he has to acknowledge the ugliness of Fisk in order to justify his own actions against him. As Fisk paints himself more and more as the devil, Matt makes himself more and more like the savior of Hell’s Kitchen, his name becoming ironic.