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The Punisher

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Who he is: The Punisher, a.k.a. Frank Castle

His power: No superpowers. The Punisher is just a one-man killing machine, highly trained in combat, weapons, and intelligence.

His story: Frank Castle was a decorated war hero who returned home from Afghanistan to his wife and son, only to have them killed during a botched sting operation by the police that turned into a multi-gang shootout. Once he...

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The Punisher’s second season kicks off with some kiss kiss, bang bang

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It’s a weird time for the Defenders universe. With Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and Daredevil rather unceremoniously canceled (the first two with overt setups for new seasons in place), that leaves just The Punisher’s second season and Jessica Jones’ upcoming third to wrap up the Marvel Netflix universe. And given the...

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The penultimate Punisher sets up the season’s endgame

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Let’s talk about Dr. Krista Dumont, a wildly uneven character who feels reflective of this wildly uneven season of The Punisher. There are times when the character totally worked—pretty much anytime she was putting on a polite face to manipulate someone and particularly in her relationship with Dinah Madani. But...

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Karen Page stands by her man as The Punisher backs down on its convictions

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To be fair, this season of The Punisher already warned us that it didn’t actually have the guts to meaningfully critique Frank’s violent philosophy. That’s exactly what the show did when it had Frank experience guilt over getting an innocent hostage killed even as it revealed that said hostage wasn’t actually a...

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The Punisher finale has some questionable thoughts on who deserves redemption

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Hey, remember when Frank Castle experienced a morality shifting existential crisis when he thought he’d accidentally murdered three innocent people in a manic shootout? No? Well, good because neither does The Punisher! That hugely dramatic scene from the end of “The Dark Hearts Of Men” has literally no bearing on the climax of the...

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The Punisher heads to the gym with bloody results

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It would be a stretch to call Frank Castle a mentally healthy character, but I’m fascinated by the way this season is built around Frank as its relatively well-adjusted center. There are no more endless flashbacks to Frank’s personality-free dead wife. He really has moved on, even as everyone around him is left dealing with a whole lot...

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Frank holes up in a motel as The Punisher frustratingly slows down its pace

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If I’m being charitable, I’d say that “Fight Or Flight” is an episode with about 20 minutes of story stretched across a 55 minute runtime. It’s not that the plot and character choices the episode makes are bad, per say, it’s just that they’re way too simplistic. And once they’re established, the episode doesn’t do...

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An exhilarating Punisher asks: How do you solve a problem like Billy Russo?

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The previous episode of The Punisher ended with a statement of purpose for Frank that doubled as a statement of purpose for the show: Take care of Billy Russo first and then tackle the rest of the season’s dangling threads, most notably John Pilgrim. So “One Bad Day” is an episode all about what to do with dear ol’...

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The Punisher gets unapologetically operatic as a brotherly betrayal takes center stage

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“My Brother’s Keeper” operates in a slightly different mode than any of The Punisher’s previous episodes, either this season or last. It’s operatic in tone—shamelessly melodramatic and extremely heightened. I could imagine that over-the-top quality being divisive, but it really worked for me. I’ve previously written...

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