Karen Page

Karen Page’s ‘Marvel’-ous Choice: Should She Be Romantically Involved with Matt or Frank?

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.
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The Punisher Season 1 Episode 13

Marvel’s The Punisher: Memento Mori (Season 1 Episode 13)

Madani, Frank, and David try to each find a balance in the new world they have created. Frank confronts Billy Russo and his past demons. A brotherhood is kept intact between Frank and Curtis. Pete Castiglione makes a reappearance.

On Marvel’s The Punisher Season 1 Episode 13, “Memento Mori,” Frank’s choices lead him down a path that he would have to face eventually, one that he seemed to be preparing for. Finishing what he has started means making certain sacrifices and utilizing the people around him to facilitate change and to punish those responsible, the only one left being Billy Russo. The people surrounding Frank have to make their own decisions in order to push their lives forward, as well as to fully comprehend what he means to them and what they mean to him. At last, Frank must confront all of his demons in order to move on. Continue reading “Marvel’s The Punisher: Memento Mori (Season 1 Episode 13)”

The Punisher Season 1 Episode 12

Marvel’s The Punisher Review: Home (Season 1 Episode 12)

Frank and David speak with Madani in order to create a semblance of understanding of the world around them. Several plans are put into action in order to keep promises. Russo struggles to keep all the loose ends tied together neatly. Agent Orange and Frank meet head-to-head finally. Frank makes a life-changing decision of his own.

On Marvel’s The Punisher Season 1 Episode 12, “Home”, Frank and David hatch their own plan in order to devise a way out of their current predicament, one that the two of them honor each other’s wishes. Madani and Russo work against one another in a delicate situation, one to expose the information and have the responsible parties held accountable and the other to keep the information quiet and to have the world continue without Frank or David. Events are brought to a head, with alliances being tested and a victorious side emerging. Continue reading “Marvel’s The Punisher Review: Home (Season 1 Episode 12)”

The Punisher Season 1 Episode 11

Marvel’s The Punisher Review: Danger Close (Season 1 Episode 11)

Frank attempts to deal with Russo’s betrayal. Madani attempts to have someone within the agency pin down Agent Orange. Agent Orange attempts to dig himself out of the hole he’s made. David and Frank have to deal with a kidnapping. Agent Orange figures out who to throw under the bus.

On Marvel’s The Punisher Season 1 Episode 1, “Danger Close,” the truth of Russo and Agent Orange working together creates a new world for Frank, who has to become the Punisher in order to facilitate the change and justice he’s looking for. In desperation, Agent Orange takes drastic measures in order to keep Frank and David under control, and even more so to keep himself out of harm’s way. The episode title is indicative of both sides, the good and bad guys, realizing that the danger surrounding them is too close for comfort. Continue reading “Marvel’s The Punisher Review: Danger Close (Season 1 Episode 11)”

The Punisher Season 1 Episode 10

Marvel’s The Punisher Review: Virtue of the Vicious (Season 1 Episode 10)

Different perspectives allow for a broader understanding of a violent incident. Lewis makes some fatal decisions. Frank and Karen are reunited, but due to drastic circumstances. Madani and Frank meet in an entirely different way. Madani learns a startling truth.

On Marvel’s The Punisher Season 1 Episode 10, “Virtue of the Vicious,” the alternating perspectives of the same event, seen in conjunction, offer a clear analysis of an event, specifically how those in power have to alter particular events in order to keep their names untarnished and how pursuing the truth can be far more dangerous than the actual events. As Madani and Frank are coming together again, they learn an important truth about those with power and how they have allowed their ideas and morals to impugn on their reading of a particular person. Karen’s interpretation of the event allows for clarity about the shady characters and the clear repercussions of a damaged and unhealed soldier like Lewis. Continue reading “Marvel’s The Punisher Review: Virtue of the Vicious (Season 1 Episode 10)”

The Punisher Season 1 Episode 9

Marvel’s The Punisher Review: Front Toward Enemy (Season 1 Episode 9)

Madani goes through her sorrow in her own way, creating a powerful ally in the process. Karen becomes the target for Lewis’s new crusade against the world. Frank and David take life-changing risks.

On Marvel’s The Punisher Season 1 Episode 9 “Front Toward Enemy”, risks are run by many characters, their lives on the line, and their hope in the future in dwelling in the risks. Both Frank and David make forward motion risks in order to create a better future for themselves, as that is where they are looking to now. On the opposite side of the coin, Lewis is not looking towards the future but simply to make others pay, and starts putting his plan for that into motion, putting many in harm’s way. Continue reading “Marvel’s The Punisher Review: Front Toward Enemy (Season 1 Episode 9)”

The Punisher Season 1 Episode 8

Marvel’s The Punisher Review: Cold Steel (Season 1 Episode 8)

Frank and David learn new hard truths about David’s family. Russo becomes the prime candidate for the role of villain. Madani loses a soldier. Frank and David take a step in a different direction, in the hopes of a different outcome.

On Marvel’s The Punisher Season 1 Episode 8 “Cold Steel”, Russo’s character is revealed in a more harsh and truthful light. Using manipulated control, Russo is able to dictate the lives of those around him and believing himself to be justified because of the way he was treated, the manipulated control that was used against him as a young person. Frank and David are aligned by a different kind of manipulation, and realize independently that a tearing apart of families can fracture anyone’s psyche, not just their own. Continue reading “Marvel’s The Punisher Review: Cold Steel (Season 1 Episode 8)”

The Punisher Season 1 Episode 7

Marvel’s The Punisher Review: Crosshairs (Season 1 Episode 7)

Frank and David reap the rewards of being one step ahead. Lewis continues to try to figure out where he belongs, both in the world and in his own mind. Russo and Agent Orange commit to a soulless plan. Frank nearly finishes what he started.

On Marvel’s The Punisher Season 1 Episode 7 “Crosshairs”, the intensity of a struggle for soldiers is revealed through Lewis in a more detailed and elaborate way, as well as how it extends to the people who care about him. The ramifications of trauma are intensely displayed, shown in great contrast with the people who are issuing the orders that are resulting in the trauma of soldiers and their complete lack of compassion towards the soldiers and their predicaments. Continue reading “Marvel’s The Punisher Review: Crosshairs (Season 1 Episode 7)”

The Punisher Season 2

The Punisher Season 2: The Renewal We Needed

The Punisher Season 2 renewal is an important milestone for Marvel, for Netflix, and for Frank’s story.

In this modern-day age, superhero movies abound, TV and Netflix spinoffs endless in their pursuit of a bigger meaning beyond just another superhero story. For the most part, the writers of shows and movies get it right. They understand that the deepening connection to a superhero story is making the hero – or villain, in this case – realistic, fleshing them out to the point of believability. They have to have real motives, rooted in the modern-day world, their concerns mirroring a certain aspect of life. Continue reading “The Punisher Season 2: The Renewal We Needed”

The Punisher Season 1 Episode 6

Marvel’s The Punisher Review: The Judas Goat (Season 1 Episode 6)

Frank realizes that he isn’t alone after all. David sees hostility in his family home rather than in the world around him. Lewis is forced to realize that he is alone, which leads to a monstrous act. Russo’s truth is revealed.

On Marvel’s The Punisher Season 1 Episode 6 “The Judas Goat”, avenues open up to Frank, hope reborn in a different fashion. Simultaneously, a different path is shown, one much darker and that illustrates what Frank could have had happen to him. Hope is the driving force of the episode, indicating that people are lost with it but, mostly, that they are lost without support. The show reveals that, despite Frank’s dependency on the word, family becomes a concept that can be stretched to those that support a person. Continue reading “Marvel’s The Punisher Review: The Judas Goat (Season 1 Episode 6)”