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The A.V. Club The A.V. Club Jul 15, 2019 at 20:14.

The Netflix Marvel series, ranked by season

The Netflix Marvel series, ranked by season

After one very powerful, very bejeweled finger snap, the fate of many of Earth’s mightiest heroes—along with about half of all living things, human and otherwise—remains uncertain (though the outlook is not good). But the future of the street-level crimefighters who comprise the Netflix corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has already been settled, thanks to the end of a licensing deal...

Caroline Siede Caroline Siede Jul 14, 2019.

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...

Caroline Siede Caroline Siede Jul 14, 2019.

The penultimate Punisher sets up the season’s endgame

<a href="https://tv.avclub.com/the-penultimate-punisher-sets-up-the-season-s-endgame-1831885156" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">The penultimate <i>Punisher </i>sets up the season’<em></em>s endgame<i><em></em></i></a>
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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...

Caroline Siede Caroline Siede Jul 13, 2019.

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

<a href="https://tv.avclub.com/karen-page-stands-by-her-man-as-the-punisher-backs-down-1831884988" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Karen Page stands by her man as<i> The Punisher </i>backs down on its convictions<em></em></a>
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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...

Caroline Siede Caroline Siede Jul 12, 2019.

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...

Caroline Siede Caroline Siede Jul 11, 2019.

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...

Caroline Siede Caroline Siede Jul 11, 2019.

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

<a href="https://tv.avclub.com/frank-holes-up-in-a-motel-as-the-punisher-frustratingly-1831809127" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Frank holes up in a motel as <i>The Punisher </i>frustratingly slows down its pace<em></em></a>
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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...

Caroline Siede Caroline Siede Jul 10, 2019.

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

<a href="https://tv.avclub.com/an-exhilarating-punisher-asks-how-do-you-solve-a-probl-1831815691" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">An exhilarating <i>Punisher </i>asks: How do you solve a problem like Billy Russo?<i><em></em></i></a>
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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’...

Caroline Siede Caroline Siede Jul 10, 2019.

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

<a href="https://tv.avclub.com/the-punisher-gets-unapologetically-operatic-as-a-brothe-1831820233" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');"><i>The Punisher </i>gets unapologetically operatic as a brotherly betrayal takes center stage</a>
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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...

Danette Chavez Danette Chavez May 13, 2019.

First poster for Marvel’s The Punisher is somber, bloody

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Marvel’s The Punisher has been quietly marshaling its forces away from the spotlight—you know, outside of wrap parties. The spin-off series starring Jon Bernthal still doesn’t have a release date, but we know that production on the first season has concluded. With The Defenders now in sight and Iron Fist now blessedly in the rearview, Marvel’s released a poster for The Punisher with Frank...

AV Club Staff AV Club Staff Apr 28, 2019.

Marvel’s The Punisher (2017)

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Release date: Unknown, but possibly 2018.

The story: Also unknown, but it will almost certainly chronicle Frank Castle’s continuing descent into the world of vigilante justice after the events of Daredevil’s second season. We don’t know who or why, but some bad guys are definitely going to get shot, stabbed, and blown up over the course of the series. At this point, we don’t even know if this...

William Hughes William Hughes Jan 04, 2018. 24 comments

Jon Bernthal to his "alt-right" Punisher fans: "Fuck them"

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In some ways, Marvel’s The Punisher—a guy powered by little more than boundless rage, easy access to guns, and a spirit of classic, all-American murderous industriousness—is the quintessential conservative superhero. That doesn’t mean the Netflix show’s star, Jon Bernthal, has any time for the modern trolls of the internet right-wing, though, bluntly telling any “alt-right” fans of his work...

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Caroline Siede Caroline Siede Dec 29, 2017. 20 comments

A torture-heavy Punisher commits the worst sin of all—being boring

<a href="https://www.avclub.com/a-torture-heavy-punisher-commits-the-worse-sin-of-all-b-1820788233" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">A torture-heavy<i> Punisher</i> commits the worst sin of all—being boring</a>
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The most frustrating thing about “Home” is that it’s built around a question I already know the answer to: Would Frank prefer to die rather than continue living his life of endless brutality? Well... no. And not just because The Punisher obviously isn’t going to kill off...

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Caroline Siede Caroline Siede Dec 02, 2017. 24 comments

The Punisher tries and fails to start a conversation about gun control

<a href="https://www.avclub.com/the-punisher-tries-and-fails-to-start-a-conversation-ab-1820664183" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');"><i>The Punisher</i> tries and fails to start a conversation <em></em>about gun control</a>
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A lot of early discussions about Netflix’s The Punisher centered around its glorification of guns, which I think is both fair and unfair. It’s fair because gun violence is a major moral crisis of 21st century American life and I...

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Caroline Siede Caroline Siede Nov 30, 2017. 13 comments

The Punisher ends its first season on a high note

<a href="https://www.avclub.com/the-punisher-ends-its-first-season-on-a-high-note-1820826836" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');"><i>The Punisher </i>ends its first season on a high note<i><em></em></i></a>
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Looking back on the season, The Punisher is most successful when it subverts expectations and least successful when it leans into them. The Punisher may have been unique among superheroes when his comic debuted in the 1970s, but Frank Castle feels...

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Danette Chavez Danette Chavez Nov 28, 2017. 6 comments

Mondays are all about superheroes and crimefighters

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Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Monday, November 20. All times are Eastern.

Top pick

Lucifer (Fox, 8 p.m.): Technically, tonight’s top pick is Lucifer, in part because of its delightfully racy title: “Chloe Does Lucifer.” The eighth episode of the third season also centers on a murder, a dating app, and social media, if you’re into any of those things.

But, as we look out...

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Caroline Siede Caroline Siede Nov 28, 2017. 10 comments

Frank Castle finally becomes The Punisher (again)

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I’ve seen some viewers complain that this show’s version of Frank Castle isn’t as ruthless as his comic book counterpart, but I would argue that’s an intentional storytelling choice. This season of The Punisher is very much an extended origin story....

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Caroline Siede Caroline Siede Nov 27, 2017. 22 comments

An action-packed Punisher riffs on both Rashomon and Die Hard

<a href="https://www.avclub.com/an-action-packed-punisher-riffs-on-both-rashomon-and-di-1820690748" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">An action-packed<i> Punisher</i> riffs on both <i>Rashomon</i> and <i>Die Hard</i></a>
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I’m a sucker for a structurally inventive episode and “Virtue Of The Vicious” is nothing if not structurally inventive. Though it pays some lip service to the questions of morality at the heart of the previous episode, its...

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Caroline Siede Caroline Siede Nov 26, 2017. 20 comments

A kiss throws The Punisher’s world into hilarious disarray in a harrowing episode

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For its eighth episode, The Punisher switches from a show about vigilante violence and wartime PTSD to a show about bizarre, fucked up interpersonal dynamics. And it’s kind of great! The episode establishes its central theme by opening on the deeply warped...

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Caroline Siede Caroline Siede Nov 24, 2017. 16 comments

The Punisher’s seventh episode finally picks up the pace

<a href="https://www.avclub.com/the-punisher-s-seventh-episode-finally-picks-up-the-pac-1820598197" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');"><i>The Punisher</i>’s seventh episode finally picks up the pace<em></em></a>
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Now that’s more like it. “Crosshairs” takes some decisive steps forward while (finally) providing a better sense of Frank and Micro’s overall plan. It gives Madani and Stein a concrete challenge to take on and offers a clearer sense of who our villains are...

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