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Subj: Finished binge watching the Punisher on Netflix
Posted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 at 02:29:10 pm EST (Viewed 102 times)
Overall, better written then Flash and Arrow have been for some time.
Karen Page and Turk make appearances, that's it. No Daredevil, Cage, Jessica or Danny. Also unless I missed it, no Stan Lee cameo either in person or as a wall poster.
The Welcome Back, Frank phrase from the series after Punisher was restored from being Zombisher was used along with a reference to the Gnucci family.
No Lundgren or Thomas Jane references/cameos.
So Frank thinks he has hunted and killed all the criminals that killed his family. After Micro makes contact with him and convinces him they have a common enemy, Frank learns that it was a huge conspiracy to kill him that killed his family, all due to some off the books black ops missions that he was part of in Kandahar.
Many of the episodes are setup stories for the big finale but there is action in some of them too as Frank does have to deal with some corrupt construction workers, and a fellow soldier who has gone off the rails of the crazy train.
The new head of Homeland Security wants Frank for questioning about the black ops work and slowly uncovers the conspiracy as well.
There are some sex scenes so those that have kids need to be careful as Netflix doesn't always pull their punches with such content.
Though Frank does see some action in some episodes it isn't until late in the season when he pulls out a can of white spray paint and decorates his bullet proof vest with the skull. But that scene of when he emerges from the shadows wearing the skull and the way the light hits it and his face....very well done.
Plenty of blood and guts and violence, however this isn't some craptastic "Punisher 101" story here where Frank just goes in guns a blazing. This is the way Punisher should be, he gathers all the data possible and slowly but surely strikes at the targets until it is time for the big finish, just like the Thomas Jane Punisher did. Too many stories over the years have depicted Frank as a mindless berserker with guns, so this was refreshing.
In the end, while Frank is officially at large, some people in high places have helped him by scrubbing his DNA/fingerprints from the criminal database and replaced then with the data of a dead man. He has an alias and can live a peaceful life IF he so chooses.
It is open for a season 2, but as Frank does accomplish his mission of vengeance for what happened to his family, a season 2 would have to really compel him to start hunting criminals. It might be best if this were a one season show.
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