Netflix has had a mostly solid record when it comes to Marvel television series. “Daredevil” was a hit, which paved the way for “Jessica Jones,” “Luke Cage,” “Iron Fist,” and “The Defenders.” But the most recent releases (“Iron Fist” and “The Defenders”) were less than home runs, couple that with the violent shootings in the country as of late (most recently Las Vegas) it makes for a lot of trepidation going into a series about a vigilante who takes care of criminals with bullets instead of super powers.
Yet, that’s what “The Punisher” is: ultra-violent, brutal and doesn’t shy away from the gun issue. I admit that even though I knew the character going in, I was still worried that this was going to be at least untimely given real world circumstances. I watched episode one wondering if I had picked the wrong series to talk about, or if I was being overly paranoid. I’m pretty sure it was a bit of both, and that might have been a good thing.
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