Season 2, Episode 8: "Guilty as Sin"
I'll say this much, the writers really know how to make a storyline sing again right when it seems like it's getting tired. Perhaps it's because I was burned so badly by holes in the ground thanks to Lost, but I was really starting to lose interest in Daredevil (Charlie Cox) and Elektra's (Elodie Yung) hole in the ground subplot. Thankfully this subplot leads us back to the first of Season One's returning favorites in this episode, Scott Glenn's surly ol' Stick. When it turns out that Elektra was part of a plot to get him back to Stick, I felt my heart's cockles fill with warmth. Might've been that Panang Curry I had for lunch yesterday, I'm not sure. Either way, I'm finally on board with Elektra, so that's a victory.
Fans of the comic have been dying for someone to say the words "The Hand" since the series began, and I sure am glad we came back to let Stick utter them. Shit's getting real in Hell's Kitchen, that much we know, but when Stick says the words "Black Sky," all of that talk of Nobu on the last episode starts to make sense. Leave it to Stick to get things back on track in Daredevil's life once again.
Matt Murdock's life, on the other hand, is going to hell in a handbasket. Frank finally takes the stand in his trial and basically takes a gigantic shit on the entire case they've been building, getting himself thrown in the slammer. Foggy (Elden Henson) has clearly had enough of Murdock, and Karen (Deborah Ann Woll) dumps his ass. I don't get it writers. A minute ago I was loving how you guys were finally striking a balance between keeping both sides of Murdock interesting, and now you've just tipped the scales in the other direction, sending his personal life into chaos right as he and Elektra are finally getting their shit figured out. I don't get it. I'm not disinterested in the least, I just don't know why you'd choose to jettison that whole thing so soon after finally getting it right.
Perhaps I was a bit too harsh in my first assessment because just as I got finished thinking all of this, Matt takes an arrow to the chest and just before he passes out, he sees the new love of his life straight up murder the dude who shot him. Damn. I normally hate cliffhangers like that, but that one was well done...
But that's not all!
The real cliffhanger comes when we see Frank adjusting to life behind bars, and as he heads to the yard to meet with someone, this big, beautiful face pops up...
Man, it's good to have you back Wilson.
Body Count: 1 1/2
We know Murdock's not dead, but we've gotta at least count that, as well as that poor bastard whose throat doesn't react well to Elektra's blade.
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