The Punisher (Season 1)

It is my second favorite Netflix Marvel series, following closely behind Jessica Jones.

Let’s get the basics out of the way. The acting is good, the action is fairly steady with a couple of slow points, the direction seems done well. Overall it sits right about where I had hoped on those points.

The series is unique with Punisher and Jessica Jones (and to a lesser extent Luke Cage)as they all were stories that don’t need to even address they are about superheroes. They would stand up alone as stories without powers (much like this year’s Logan).

Having grown up with Vietnam Vets (who were also outlaw MC members) I saw a lot of PTSD upfront and personal. There were nights of explosive violence, resulting in police, jail and hospital emergency rooms.

Other times I saw them drink themselves stupid, cry and break down.

Mostly I just saw them bury it all inside of themselves, causing them to lose jobs, significant others, and get in trouble with the police. They couldn’t fit back into society, and society didn’t want them.

That connection with the Punisher is what felt real for me. More so then a blind lawyer who fought criminals or much worse some punk rich douchebag filled with so much privilege that he whined about everything. Sure there was gratuitous violence, slow parts, all that. However, the story of a man trying to figure out how to get through after the things he  has done was heart stopping for me.

Pros: Great acting, directing, blah blah blah. Most importantly something I could connect with from my life.

Cons: It did get a bit slow and bloated in the middle.

Sign me up for Season 2.

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