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Friday, 25 March 2016

Daredevil: Seven Minutes In Heaven


Seven Minutes In Heaven opens with a flashback to Wilson Fisk's arrival in prison, then charts his rise to power until he learns of Frank Castle's trial.

Incarcerated drug dealer Dutton (William Forsythe) is the main obstacle to Fisk's taking control of the prison population, and so he winds Frank up and points him at his opponent. Fisk, of course, sees this as a way of eliminating two birds with one stone and things very quickly go a bit Natural Born Killers.

While not the longest fight sequence in the show to date, this was certainly the bloodiest and most visceral. More than any other element of Daredevil, The Punisher's scenes feel like they've been lifted straight from the pages of a Garth Ennis-penned, Steve Dillon-drawn comic book.

With the partnership of Murdock and Nelson effectively over, Karen turns to New York Bulletin editor Mitchell Ellison to continue her investigations into the conspiracy surround the Castle case.

Together they discover a crucial - buried - fact about the massacre that claimed the lives of Castle's family, that may be the key to unlocking the truth about what really went down, and why so many people want it hushed up.

Daredevil continues his campaign against The Hand and discovers a lair of their known as The Farm, where they appear to be draining blood from kidnapped people for their own nefarious ends. And, as if that isn't weird enough, Matt finds himself face-to-face with someone he believed he saw die last season!

There's an air of All The President's Men authenticity about Karen and Ellison's journalism that I find refreshing (even if Karen's background in journalism is even more tenuous than her background in the law; her superpower appears to be picking up career skills by osmosis).

But ultimately Seven Minutes In Heaven belonged to the two competing forces of nature at its heart - Wilson Fisk (a welcome, and unexpected, return by Vincent D'Onofrio) and Frank Castle (forced to compromise his beliefs for his personal 'greater good').

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