The Punisher, season one, is one of Netflix’s many original series. Punisher exceeds the bar other Netflix original series have made. This series is a continuance of Frank Castles’ story in season two of Daredevil and is about him finding justice for his family’s deaths. Do you have to watch season two of Daredevil to know what’s going on in Punisher, though? No, you don’t have to watch Daredevil to understand what’s going on in Punisher, but I believe it gives you a deeper understanding of the character and his flaws. The Punisher is a unique Marvel character because he is one of the very few that don’t have super powers. Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) is just a marine who only kills bad people and wants justice for his family’s deaths.
Jon Bernthal was made to play this role. His acting, looks and mannerisms are spot on for Frank Castle. Bernthal’s acting makes you feel what the character is going through and gives you more of an understanding of the anti-hero. Deborah Ann Woll who plays Karen Page in Daredevil also appears in this series and a new mysterious person named Micro played by Ebon Moss-Bachrach — who are both great in their roles — is introduced.
The writing is amazing. It gives you multiple character arcs and expands the story without feeling bogged down and boring. Punisher gives you a realistic look into what Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is, the people who have it and what they struggle with everyday. The writing tackles hard issues like loss, war and grief.
I have never heard of a Marvel soundtrack being bad and this is no exception! The music they chose makes the scenes more meaningful and deeper than they would have been without music. The cinematography in Punisher is well done; it is not one of those shows where the camera is moving too fast to see the action. It has a darker tone — like all of the Netflix Marvel series —, but I argue that it is on the darker side of the Netflix Marvel series scale of darkness. Violence and gore are in every episode and it doesn’t pull its punches, but what else can you expect from a show called the Punisher? If you get squeamish over blood and gore, this series is not for you.
With all the good things come the bad. The only flaw in the series were the sex scenes. They seemed gratuitous. They could have easily just used a cut-away shot where they were in bed and it wouldn’t have affected the story whatsoever.
If you are looking for a series to binge this is one that you should put on your list. The Punisher has thirteen episodes. The pace of the series is one where you have trouble with not hitting play on the next episode because you want to know what happens next.
Overall, the first season of The Punisher made me want even more than thirteen episodes. They have announced that there will be a season 2, but haven’t said when it’ll be released. Season one makes me excited to see where else they are going to take the Marvel Television Universe. Punisher is now streaming on Netflix.