At long last, we’re just hours away from the premiere of Marvel and Netflix’s “Daredevil” Season 2. With the hero making a return to the small screen alongside newly introduced characters like The Punisher (Jon Bernthal) and Elektra (Elodie Yung), many may need a refresher on where the blind defender’s story left off at the end of Season 1.
After dropping all 13 episodes on Netflix roughly one year ago, fans quickly binge-watched the entirety of Season 1 leaving a particularly large gap between viewing the finale and the March 18 premiere of Season 2. As a result, many may have forgotten where the hero’s journey left off. If you fall into that category but don’t have time to re-watch the finale ahead of Friday’s premiere, then you may need a brief recap the last time we saw the intrepid heroes of Nelson and Murdock (avocados at law).
[SPOILER ALERT: The remainder of this article will discuss the Season 1 finale of “Daredevil” on Netflix.]
The entirety of Season 1 can be boiled down to a simple cat and mouse game between blind lawyer Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) and crime boss Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio). By episode 13, Matt had brought Fisk’s empire to its knees, alienating him from his two remaining partners, Madame Gao (Wai Ching Ho) and Leland Owlsley (Bob Gunton). Meanwhile, Fisk was tending to his girlfriend Vanessa (Ayelet Zurer) after she was poisoned at a black tie event. Realizing that his house is no longer in order, the villain calls a meeting with Owlsley where he discovers that he and Goa set him up and were behind the attack on Vanessa. Owlsley thinks he can avoid being beaten to a pulp by Fisk since he’s got all of his money and a corrupt cop that’s willing to roll on the crime boss stashed away. Sadly, those aren’t strong enough shields to stop Fisk from killing him with his bare hands. Just like that, he had 24 hours find the cop, Detective Hoffman (Daryl Edwards), before he exposed him for the corrupt crime lord that he is.
Meanwhile, the law firm of Nelson and Murdock was in trouble now that Foggy (Elden Henson) turned his back on his best friend Matt. After his battle with Nobu (Peter Shinkoda), which holds its own Season 2 implications, Foggy found his best friend beaten and bloodied in his black vigilante outfit. Realizing he's been lying to him about his powers since they met, Foggy walked out on Matt after an emotional confrontation.
In the finale, Foggy approaches Matt for the first time since the discovery to talk about stopping Fisk. Through tears he tells his friend that he wants nothing more than to go back to the way they were, to which Matt retorts that they might be better off trying to move forward. With that, Nelson and Murdock were back together as the heat turned up on their enemy.
While getting information at the police station, Matt overheard two dirty cops talking about finding Hoffman for Fisk. With the help of Foggy, who reconnected with his old flame Marci (Amy Rutberg) to steal some confidential documents from Fisk’s lawyers, Matt figures out where Hoffman is being kept and dons the black mask once again. He rescues Hoffman just as police officers working for the villain were about to execute him. Soon after, Hoffman turned himself in at the local precinct and, with the help of his new legal team, tells the cops everything. This lead to a series of arrests of people in the crime boss’ employ, including Fisk himself.
Matt, Foggy and Karen (Deborah Ann Woll) celebrate finally taking down the worst criminal Hell’s Kitchen has ever seen, when the worst happens. Fisk tells the two FBI agents arresting him a Biblical story about the good Samaritan before revealing that he once thought of himself as the Samaritan, but now knows that he’s the ill-will that besets upon the Samaritan’s city. With that, his men in the department launch an attack and bust him out of his handcuffs. The villain stands tall on a bridge with law enforcement bodies strewn about and becomes, without a doubt, the Kingpin for the first time.
Fortunately, his escape is short-lived as Daredevil chases him down, fully clad in his new armor built by Melvin Potter (Matt Gerald), who will return in Season 2. While Fisk figured out that he’s the plague on New York, Matt stands against him as the fully realized hero, Daredevil, for the first time. The two engaged in a brutal fight, but Matt eventually got the upper hand. Fisk goes to jail, Vanessa reluctantly escapes New York without her fiancé and all seemed right with the world. However, the bout had larger implications for Season 2.
First of all, fans haven’t really seen Foggy and Matt’s relationship mend other than out of the necessity of stopping Fisk. While they seem to be pals at the end of the episode, Foggy still doesn’t approve of the way his friend spends his nights. Meanwhile, Foggy mentioned that he’s making another go of things with Marci after she proved she’s not a heartless lawyer-type by helping to take down Fisk. However, Rutberg isn’t expected to return to the show in Season 2, so either she'll be his off-camera girlfriend or they'll have split in the time between seasons.
Meanwhile, it seems that Foggy is not the only one with a romantic iron in the fire. The last time Matt is seen on screen, he’s sharing a very tender moment with Karen, which the latest trailer for Season 2 hints will expand into a deeper connection between the two characters. However, it’s unclear how that will be effected when Matt’s ex, Elektra, comes back to town in Season 2.
“Daredevil” Season 2 premieres all 13 episodes on Netflix on Friday. Will you be tuning in to see what happens next to Matt Murdock and his friends? Comment below or tweet your “Daredevil” thoughts to @TylerMcCarthy.