So I finished watching season 2 of the Punisher last week on Netflix. Quite good, I enjoyed it even more than the first season. If you are a fan of gritty crime stories with heavy doses of violence and interpersonal drama, you owe it to yourself to watch it.
One thing that stood out for me in this show is how they manage to capture the high-adrenaline action without falling into campy action movie "invincible hero" issues. Growing up in the 90's, I had no shortage of those. Commando, Bloodsport, Under Siege, Total Recall, The Punisher (with Dolph Lundgren)... all movies (good ones, mind you) that glorify being the action hero by making him this invincible killing machine. You want to be that hero, it's classic escapism.
Netflix' Punisher? Not so much.
Holy crap, do I not want to be Frank Castle. The show walks this fine line between giving you the visceral action you crave, while also showing you the horrific aftermath of said fights. On several occasions, you see a character having to remove bullets from bleeding wounds, stitch up the mess, and hope it doesn't tear open during the next fight. All while groaning in white-hot pain. It's still unrealistic (he'd be dead after his first fight in any sane world), but it shows a side of action you don't often see. So yeah, congrats to the show's creators for being able to impart that lesson. Intense action is fun, but holy crap do I want no part in it in real life.
What were your thoughts on the show?