‘Daredevil’ is the human struggle of a part time hero, but when our favorite red vigilante is faced with his past in form of his ex-girlfriend, it’s Elektra (Elodie Yung) who kicks up the action and the fun! Join Hidden Remote as we look at her best moments throughout Season 2!Elodie Yung as Elektra in Daredevil Photo: Netflix
So full disclosure: I didn’t expect to like Elektra as much as I did. I should have known better since I didn’t expect to like Daredevil when it first aired last year. But I was pleasantly surprised by the series. And then Jon Bernthal’s casting in season two got all my attention. I knew Elektra was coming but she just didn’t interest me as much (Let’s blame the Ben Affleck movie adaptation for that). Luckily, actress Elodie Yung rose to the occasion!
In typical Marvel style there was an origin story within an origin story. Everyone is busy extolling Frank Castle’s virtues (of which there are many and I will fight anyone who disagrees) but I’m not talking about The Punisher or even the beginnings of Elektra and Matt’s tumultuous relationship.Marvel’s Daredevil Photo: Netflix Gif: srgtbarnesbutt via Tumblr
Elektra and Matt’s story does play a part here but much like season two it is almost entirely separate from the main plot until it actually becomes the main plot. In a season that was all about an internal struggle to do justice by its comic book counterpart while maintaining actual justice in the streets of Hell’s Kitchen, Daredevil takes this theme a step further and outright asked – what makes a hero?
Offering an answer that might surprise some, everyone is a hero. But the other side of that question is just as important: what makes a villain? This isn’t a new struggle for a Marvel show. Jessica Jones asked the same question, and Luke Cage will most definitely take a similar approach. It encompasses everything these characters are fighting for. It provides us with their code. This code draws a clear line between the “good guys” and the “bad guys,” but what happens when the line is blurred?
Frank seems like the obvious choice to answer that question, but he was battling his own demons. Frank’s crusade hits some different points of interest. He’s a direct foil to Matt, and the narrative plays out exactly as you would expect. There’s mutual respect there. Frank doesn’t want to see Matt become him, but Matt does understand that Frank’s way of finishing the job has more lasting power. The problem is who you become when you cross to that point? That’s where Elektra comes in because Elektra is fighting against her own nature.Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Photo: ABC
(Okay seriously if you don’t want the whole show ruined for you – get out now!).
Elektra is Black Sky. And the more we learn about her the clearer it becomes that she is in Matt’s life by design. Where she failed to stamp out his good nature, he teaches her to embrace the best parts of herself and try and push past the rest. But Elektra was a God before she was put on that pedestal. From the moment she entered the season, to the deliberately open-endedness of her fate in that last scene, she quite literally stole the show.