The Punisher: Resupply

This was the Punisher equivalent of a milk run, with at least the main characters finally intersecting with each other.

'Intersecting' is a nice way of saying violently crashing into one another and changing at least Dinah’s story in dramatic and unforeseen ways. Her story so far has been about finding her former partner's killers. Her obsession with his death has made her a bit unlikable, but I started to warm to her in this episode. She's started to adjust to the fact that she's now the Special Agent in Charge, and it suits her, I think. Although going off by herself in a car chase with an unknown assailant wasn't the smartest idea.

Micro's struggles with violence were also interesting, with his reaction to Castle killing the thugs in the stolen car garage, and in the aftermath of him crashing the van into Dinah's car. It humanizes him in a good way, and makes him more likeable. I am curious about the jealousy element, with Castle interacting with Micro's wife in a way that would normally lead to something between them. Of course, Castle is nowhere close to being romantically interested in anyone, and honestly, I would root for Karen to be his first choice.

As far as Castle's journey, this was very much filler for him. He needs guns again, because he got rid of them all at the beginning of the season when he finished his original mission of vengeance. Why he didn't just store them away somewhere is beyond me, but it did make for an exciting climax to the episode, showing us what kind of team Castle and Micro can be. We also got our first real interaction between Castle and Dinah, and it was about as much fun as I hoped it would be. He just showed her his code, showing no remorse for killing Wolf, but actively saving her life at the same time.

I think I'm finally getting an idea for the rhythm of the show, and what the goals are for the narrative. It isn't about redeeming Castle, or even getting Micro back together with his family. It's darker than that, without the typical romantic entanglements or standard drama for the sake of drama, or even superhero antics. This is about soldiers and how we as a country treat them. Take Lewis, a vet who is living in a foxhole in his own house. His story seems to be about how impossible it is to come home after seeing combat; that trauma isn't sugarcoated at all. He almost kills his father, and then because he's clearly unstable, loses his new job. I don’t know where the story is going to take him, and I'm worried it'll go to a really dark place.

Bits:

So Curtis gets financial support from Billy Russo, and Billy was also needling Curtis for information about Castle. Is that because Billy hopes his friend is alive? Or is there something sinister going on? I get the impression Billy is not entirely on the up and up.

Dinah and her partner Sam Stein have a different kind of dynamic, but I think they are starting to warm up to each other.

I loved the music Micro played as a signal blocker for the radios.

The pink rifle and the whole scene with Turk was a lot of fun. Turk Barrett has also been in Daredevil, Luke Cage and The Defenders.

Of course Castle picked the flashy American muscle car instead of the more ostentatious foreign cars.

Micro: "I keep forgetting about your thing, Frank. Only do unto bad guys. Rob Badass Peter so you can kill Psycho Paul, so on and so forth. What do you call that? Is that a code? I mean, is it a mantra? It's not a mantra, right? Is it an ethos? What if we got you a little pair of green tights and a pointy cap with a feather in it?"

2 and a half out of four epic car crashes.

J.D. Balthazar is a confirmed nerd who loves most things sci-fi or fantasy-related.

6 comments:

Billie Doux said...

Yeah, I keep wondering if Billy Russo is a good guy or not. He's too Blackwater. And I kept thinking Lewis was going to hurt Curtis. No one hurt Curtis, please.

The chicken thing with Frank and Madani made me laugh out loud.

Lamounier said...

I don't care much about Lewis so far. He is more of a walking message about the damages of war than a fully fleshed out character. Also, not charismatic in any way. Maybe as the season progress he will grow on me.

On the other hand, I did like how Billy handled the situation. He trusted what Curtis said and didn't keep Lewis around, even though Lewis seemed to be just the right fit for his company. We see a better side of Billy whenever he is with his war partners. But I still believe he is not on the side of the angels.

Frank's interaction with Sarah Lieberman makes me a little uncomfortable. What with Micro being actually alive and freaking watching everything, and Frank being his partner now. It could lead to good drama, but it could also lead to some basic, clich├ęd melodrama that I don't want to watch. Again, uncomfortable.

Now, a little bit of good drama was the aftermath of Dinah changing Sam's tactical plan in front of everyone. I thought he would get all "you humiliated me", but instead they had a nice conversation that ended with "thanks, boss". I like Sam.

"Pissed off beats scared every time". I loved this line.

I laughed out loud when that song started playing in the comms. What a different way to jam the communication.

I agree that this episode had a filler vibe to it. The plot was very simple, so simple that I'm not sure it needed an entire episode dedicated to it. But I enjoyed it, anyway. And the car chase was awesome.

Anonymous said...

''It isn't about redeeming Castle, or even getting Micro back together with his family. It's darker than that, without the typical romantic entanglements or standard drama for the sake of drama, or even superhero antics''.

This series has been refreshing for that very reason..Need some veggies in the vast sea of dessert..

Billie Doux said...

Anonymous wrote: Need some veggies in the vast sea of dessert. Lol.

Patryk said...

We really needed to see how good Frank and Micro can work together so that later in the season when a formidable enemy shows up we'll have sometihng to compare to.

I hope Karen wasn't just here for one episode. I like what I saw so far. Less violence then I expected which is great,

An Honest Fangirl said...

Finally catching up on this series.

Yeah, I'll echo what everyone else has said. It felt very filler-y, almost like they needed something in order to make it to 13 episodes. Still, there were some good moments. I love it whenever Frank gets to be a badass, although the car chase wth Madani was a little confusing. I just didn't have a good handle on the geography or relative positions.

Billy is almost certainly evil, but I really like him. I like him with Curtis, and I like how he handled Lewis. Poor Lewis. He's definitely going to snap by the end of it.