The Punisher was one of those shows that I found absolutely fun to watch while, at the same time, I thought “oh, this is the sort of show that will lead to the downfall of society… maybe my parents were right about everything… oh, just one more before bed…”
The show did a great job of showing, rather than telling, how *BAD* the people that The Punisher were up against. They didn’t just say stuff and leave you, the viewer, with any room for doubt about what was going on. The people he was fighting *WERE* murderous criminals. They came out and showed you the killing of people. The authorities *WERE* corrupt. They came out and *SHOWED* you that they were the watchmen that weren’t being watched. There was even one episode where they had a politician come out and say “here’s what happened” and then they showed that that politician was out-and-out lying and he was one of the people who was part of the problem. We weren’t even in “the only thing necessary for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing” territory. We were in “mediocre men getting in the dang way of the good people trying to do something.”
So when we see Frank Castle hit someone, or cut someone, or blow up someone, or throw someone from a great height, we’re not in any doubt whatsoever over whether, hey, maybe that person was just an innocent bystander who got caught up in something?
Nope. We had evidence that they were bad. We *SAW* it.
And so we could enjoy justice, er, I mean, “punishment” being dispensed 100% guilt-free.
Anyway, Season 2 is up on January 18th. I imagine that it’s going to be twice as violent, twice as gory, and twice as manipulative. I can’t wait twice as much.
So… what are you reading and/or watching?
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