The Punisher Review

In one of my previous posts, I  made it clear that I watch a lot of Netflix. Some of the best shows to watch on there are the Marvel Universe series. You’ve got Daredevil and the rest of the Defender’s like Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. Out of all the Marvel shows however, Daredevil has always been the best by far. In season two of Daredevil, we were introduced to Jon Bernthal’s portrayal of Frank Castle, The Punisher. Bernthal’s scenes in season two stole the show and everyone who watched it was dying for him to get his own series. The Punisher has been one of my favorite Marvel character’s since I watched the 2004 Punisher movie, so I was insanely excited for this new season. First off, one of the reasons I love the character of Frank Castle is how dark his story is. Castle is a former Marine and special ops soldier who’s family was murdered. He then goes on a path of revenge that can only be matched in its carnage by John Wick. Before watching season one of The Punisher, I was a little worried because I wasn’t sure if Marvel would decide to go as dark as it needed to in order to really pull this off. To my immense satisfaction, they knocked it out of the park. There are a few actors that seem like they were born to play a specific character, Hugh Jackman as Wolverine is the greatest example, and Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle is definitely one of them. He brings so many different layers to Frank that I have never seen before. There’s the unmatched ferocity of The Punisher, the symptoms of PTSD, the brokenness of a man who lost his wife and kids, and many more. Bernthal carries the whole show to insane heights. Aside from Frank though, this show has some great supporting characters. David Lieberman, played by Ebon Moss-Bachrach, is an amazing partner to Frank and the dialog/relationship between the two provides some of the best moments in the whole season. Curtis, played by Jason R. Moore, is one of Frank’s only friends and another enthralling character. Ben Barnes plays Bill Russo who is integral to the story and phenomenal as well. The Homeland team of Madani and Sam (Amber Rose Revah and Michael Nathanson) round out the amazing group of characters. This show not only delves into Franks feelings and his story, but it explores the very real and scary problems that come wih PTSD which was a great undertone throughout the whole season.  Punisher season one does so many things right especially the violence that brought everyone there in the first place. The reason I was worried that Marvel wouldn’t go as dark as it had to for The Punisher was because I wasn’t sure they would get as brutal as they did. This show is pretty gory and violent. There is a scene that is even more bloody than a similar scene in Game of Thrones. I loved every single second of Frank’s rampages. It was pure craziness unlike anything I have really see in a show before. This was some movie quality gun fights and choreography. I’m not gunna lie, some parts were hard to watch but it was so worth it. What’s crazy to me is the low score on Rotten Tomatoes (I believe it’s a 61% but its a 9 out of 10 on IMDB). I honestly think the reviewers where blinded by the fact that this show might “glorify guns and violence” even though it was so much more than that. I loved everything about this season and I strongly recommend it. The Punisher is probably my favorite show on Netflix right now and my favorite Marvel show, taking Daredevil’s spot at the top. Pick a weekend and just sit back and get lost in the world of The Punisher. You wont regret it.


I’m pretty sure Netflix is slowly ruining my life. I started suspecting this a couple months ago when I realized that I wasn’t watching television anymore. All the shows I was watching were starting to pile up on the DVR because I was insanely behind on them. Ever since I got a Firestick (allows my not smart TV to become a smart TV) the only thing I do is watch Netflix. I never change the TV to actual television. There’s just too many shows on Netflix to ever possibly get bored. I’ve watched both Parks and Rec and The Office twice all the way through. After finishing Stranger Things (which was amazing) I have moved onto The Last Kingdom and The Punisher, only waiting mere hours before starting them. Netflix is ruining my life because it’s starting to take precedence over other things. Do I want to go to the gym or watch Tropic Thunder? The gym can wait, that movie is hilarious (Tom Cruise for God’s sake). I’ve got to go to the bathroom? We don’t pause in this house, have to wait another hour. Go out with my friends? Nope, Netflix is my greatest friend. You get the picture, I watch too much Netflix. I mean, sometimes after work, the most conversation I have is when Netflix asks me if I’m still watching and I respond with “don’t judge me” while pressing yes (always yes). It’s even starting to mess with my reading. I started A Song of Fire and Ice (the Game of Thrones books) like 3 months ago but I’m not even passed book one yet because of stupid Netflix. At this point, I watch movies on there that I actually own in Blue-Ray just because I have the power (so much power) to do so and they are downstairs which is rough due to the fact that I don’t gym anymore. I think I have to go all Punisher and hit my Firestick with a hammer. Maybe I’ll finally be free from this prison that is my bed after that. Until then though, I have 12 more episodes of the Punisher left I can’t wait to watch them!