'Marvel's Daredevil' 2×12 Review: 'The Dark at the End of the Tunnel'

We’re back with our twelve review of this season’s Daredevil on the episode ‘The Dark at the End of the Tunnel’. As we’ve mentioned in our previous reviews, this season we are reviewing each episode so we can get deeper into the nitty gritty of this spectacular series and so we can keep up with everybody’s various binge-ing habits. Read all our season 2 reviews here.
In this episode we learnt who the Blacksmith is, Elektra found out some truths about herself and Matt and Stick worked out a new fighting style. Let’s get into ‘The Dark at the End of the Tunnel’’:

Elektra and her legacy

The episode intersected between scenes of Elektra’s current revenge on Stick and flashbacks to when he first took her in and when she was training with him.
Each scenario was centered around the fact that Elektra was the Black Sky that The Hand was preparing for – their ultimate weapon, and that Stick had taken her as a child so that he could perhaps raise her to do good.
This reveal came about after The Hand kidnaps Stick, and Matt vows to save him while Elektra says she will kill if she finds him first. Matt reigns in just as the Hand are getting into torturing Stick for information, and saves him, but of course Elektra intercepts.

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Nobu then tells Elektra that she is the Black Sky and suddenly everything starts making a lot of sense to her – the girl that never seemed to fit in anyway. And she considers their offer to join them but then Matt talks her down from it, encouraging her to choose Stick instead, and that encourages her to save her own mentor as Matt battles the ninjas. A cool thing that also happens is that Stick prompts Matt, and gives him tips by whispering in a low tone that only Matt can hear, and also allows us to see his enhanced senses in action again.
In the flashbacks, we saw her killing one of the men that she was training with, and when Stick speaks to her about it, she tells him that she liked it. He doesn’t look shocked, he just tells her that she needs to work through her urges to kill. We hear other trainers refer to her as ‘the thing’ and Stick defends her, before hiding her as an adopted daughter to a wealthy ambassador, telling her to learn the ways of rich as it will be a skill she can use.
The Elektra reveal it’s interesting, and I would like to hear what being the ‘Black Sky’ entails, and where exactly Stick found her. I hope the final episode will give us those answers, at the very least before Elektra eventually dies (although they can’t kill her yet, because there’s no Bullseye, right?).

The real Frank Castle

Assuming that Frank died on the exploding boat, Karen is distraught and is considering abandoning her article on Castle (guys, has Ellison even seen a piece of writing that Karen has written yet, seeing as he’s devoted so much time and energy into her journalism career?). Ellison instead encourages her to write a profile piece on the real Frank Castle, the man behind The Punisher.
She goes to interview the only man who might have something good to say about him, Ray Schoonover and tells her stories about Frank pre-family massacre, how he made impressions, was observant, and while she’s looking through his photos she makes the connection that he is the Blacksmith.

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(Netflix, Marvel)

The episode seems to speed up as Karen realizes that Schoonover is the Blacksmith and when he works out that she knows. He forces her to drive her car (the song that was playing when Frank was in her car in the last episode starts playing sort of like he wanted to alert her that he’s alive, although how did he know Schoonover would get into the car at all? That she would even leave the house alive?) and as they are driving Frank crashes into the passenger side of the car, he pulls out Schoonover and Karen tries to convince Frank not to kill him or at the very least get some answers out of him first, but Frank ignores her and takes Schoonover into a shed where he shoots him in the head and then discovers an arsenal of weapons and The Punisher’s signature vest.
The Blacksmith reveal definitely shocked me, out of all the people, I never even considered Schoonover, I was more focused on it being a member of The Hand. I’m going to need a lot of explanation in the finale about how Frank just happened to be in the park when his own lieutenant was leading a drug deal, and how exactly this officer happened to become a dealer. Right now, I’m more confused than anything.  

The dark at the end of the tunnel?

The title of this week’s episode could refer the end of the barrel of the gun that the Blacksmith saw, or to Elektra’s role as the Black Sky or even the lack of hope for Nelson and Murdock, or the end of Karen’s trust in Frank.

Last minute notes

  • As we mentioned above, Nelson and Murdock is officially no more as both teams decided to pack up their things and leave, Foggy mostly because he is confident in the fact that he is an excellent lawyer, and Matt because he can see he’s keeping Foggy back.
  • And the fact that Karen cares about Frank was brought up numerous times in this episode, and I’m not even going to say what that did for my emotions
  • I’m still waiting for all the storylines to converge, you have one more episode Daredevil

What did you think of this episode of Daredevil? Let us know in the comments below.
Marvel’s Daredevil is now available to stream on Netflix.

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