Advertisement

A torture-heavy Punisher commits the worst sin of all—being boring

The most frustrating thing about “Home” is that it’s built around a question I already know the answer to: Would Frank prefer to die rather than continue living his life of endless brutality? Well... no. And not just because The Punisher obviously isn’t going to kill off its leading man in its second-to-last episode.…

A kiss throws The Punisher’s world into hilarious disarray in a harrowing episode

For its eighth episode, The Punisher switches from a show about vigilante violence and wartime PTSD to a show about bizarre, fucked up interpersonal dynamics. And it’s kind of great! The episode establishes its central theme by opening on the deeply warped relationship between Billy and his birth mom. Though Billy…

The most brutal thing about The Punisher is all the shitty blues guitar

Early reviews are in, and the consensus seems to be that The Punisher, Marvel’s latest Netflix series, is doing more things right than not. Another way to put that would be, “Oh, phew, this is nothing like Iron Fist.” (Sorry, Danny—you were better in The Defenders, but your solo series is still the low-tide mark of…

The Punisher runs out of storytelling fuel on a resupply mission

“Resupply” isn’t a bad episode. It is, however, a slow one. Like, really slow. The episode barely inches the season’s storytelling forward and even the more enjoyable character beats feel like repetition of stuff we’ve already seen. There are three main storylines in this episode, two of which are linked by plot but…

Advertisement

The Punisher’s second episode weaves a complicated web of conspiracies

If there’s one thing these Marvel Netflix shows love, it’s a complicated governmental and/or corporate conspiracy. And it’s easy to see why these shows choose to go that route. Slowly doling out details of a complex conspiracy is an easy way to generate season-long storytelling. And it also allows the series to…