By Alex Doria
Spoiler warning: Major plot points of the second season of Daredevil will be discussed in this article, read at your own peril!
March 18th marks the day that the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen returned to our collective computer and television screens. After a killer first season, season two of Daredevil had a lot to live up to and I am happy to say that it did not disappoint.
Unsurprisingly, but still deliciously good, Matt Murdock struggles with the morality of his vigilante alter ego while balancing his work and social life. Especially now that Matt has officially embraced his Daredevil label, horns included.
However this season we see a shift immediately within the group dynamic of Matt, Foggy, and Karen. In the first episode, “Bang,” we quickly pick up on some romantic and sexual tension between Matt and Karen.
I know what you’re thinking because I thought it too: Inappropriate office relationship alert! Are we really going to waste Karen’s character on a romantic subplot?! How many times can we see the boss have a fling with the secretary? Aren’t Karen and Matt better than that?
Well, rest easy because the romantic development leads to some very beautiful moments, including a not cheesy kiss in the rain.
The romantic bits aside, the focus on the relationship between Matt and Karen actually allows Karen to take center stage. As Matt gets to know her better so do we, and Karen really comes into her own this season.
Karen becomes especially invaluable to the Nelson and Murdock team as their investigator when the villain of this season, Frank Castle aka The Punisher comes out to play in Hell’s Kitchen. Daredevil quickly loses grip with The Punisher when he sees more of himself in him than he would like, and matters only become more complicated when Matt’s psycho ex, Elektra comes to town.
Instead of wallowing or falling apart even upon finding said psycho ex-girlfriend in Matt’s bed (in her defense, Elektra was seriously wounded but let’s not pretend that the relationship between Matt and Elektra wasn’t rekindling, okay?) she continues to do her job, her duty, and brushes away the very real pain of that scene to do what is most important.
She follows her gut to find out the truth about Frank Castle even though the rest of the world wished to condemn him. She continues to strive for the good, even when she no longer has the support of Matt and Foggy behind her (the loss of the bromance is so devastating).
With Nelson and Murdock officially over (ugly cries in the background) Karen finds what could possibly be her true calling as an investigative journalist. Karen is sad but she is not undone by what she has lost and she comes out of it battered, but just as strong and resilient as ever.
And who knows? With her new life as a journalist Karen may yet prove the old adage that “the pen is mightier than the sword” and show Matt a way back into the light.