After a somewhat uneven episode with “Kinbaku“, Daredevil manages to bounce back with episode six, titled “Regrets Only“. Much like has been the case with previous episodes, “Regrets Only” picks up shortly after where things left off in “Kinbaku“, with Matt and Elektra readying to take down the Yakuza that are coming for her after she hacked into their system. It’s an exciting way to kick off the episode, especially as we get to see both Daredevil and Elektra work together as a team for the first time. (It also doesn’t hurt that, as usual, the fight choreography continues to be fantastic.) This fight scene is then followed by an excellent scene between Elektra and Matt at a diner. The chemistry between both Elodie Yung and Charlie Cox is on fully display in this scene as we see their characters bounce off of one another without missing a step.
“I told you I needed help.”
“You told me you needed a lawyer.”
When it was announced that Elodie Yung had joined the cast of Daredevil season two as Elektra, I wasn’t entirely sure what to make of it. At the time, I wasn’t familiar with her work, and had only heard that she had the fighting skills to pull off the physicality of the role. Having since seen her hold her own against Cox, who continues to deliver one fantastic performance after another as the titular character, I can fully see why Yung landed the gig. She has such a strong presence when she’s on screen, and she fully inhabits this character without missing a beat. Yung manages to convey just the right amount of arrogance and humility in the role, and I can’t wait to see what else she does with the role going forward.
As Matt returns to the office, he’s met with both Karen and Foggy sitting down with Castle’s Public Defender who is there to get Karen to sign off on her statement regarding the hospital shooting. Of course, as Karen reads over the statement, she sees that there are tons of inaccuracies that she points out as the Public Defender informs them that D.A. Reyes plans on seeking the death penalty by extraditing Castle to Delaware. (After all, New York doesn’t have a death penalty as Matt points out.) It’s a scene that not only does a great job at hinting at something more with D.A. Reyes, and her connection to Castle, but also allows Karen (Deborah Ann Woll) to shine as she refuses to sign the forged statement. Seeing the writers give Woll more to work with this season, and really add another layer to Page, has been a nice change so far this season.
“Is this about saving a man? Or about saving a vigilante?”
Of course, that scene is then quickly followed by a discussion between both Foggy and Matt. In my review for episode five, I pointed out how much Foggy’s character has improved going into season two, this episode is even further proof of just that. As he tries to argue with Matt about how taking on the Punisher case would be career suicide, he isn’t afraid to ask him whether Matt’s willingness to help Castle isn’t just because he’s another vigilante. It’s one of the best scenes between the two characters, especially when Foggy eventually gives in to Matt’s persistence, having explained that Frank is a person that doesn’t deserve the death penalty, although it’s nothing compared to the scene they share later in the episode. (I’ll touch on that below.)
“I’m not talking to you.”
“Her. I need to talk to her alone.”
This is where the episode earns it’s five star rating. There’s no denying that Jon Bernthal‘s turn as Frank Castle is excellent, and this episode is perhaps the best showcase of that as he manages to convey a sense of vulnerability when alone with Karen one moment, and then erupt in a sense of terrifying anger the next. Just as the writers did back in season one with Fisk, they manage to make viewers sympathetic for Castle. We feel his grief as he recalls what happened to his family. We understand his anger as he learns of the cover-up. He may be a murderer, but we come to feel for him, and understand just why he does what he does.
“My job was to keep them safe. I didn’t.”
If Bernthal doesn’t get his own spin-off series out of this? It’d be criminal. He steals this entire episode, delivering one of the best performances hand down in a series filled with fantastic acting. The subtlety of his actions. The way he delivers each word with just the slightest hint of regret and anger. Bernthal’s Castle has managed to become one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most well-developed characters in the span of just six episodes.
While nowhere near as explosive as the ending to episode three, which provided one of the best fight scenes I’ve ever witnessed on the small screen, the final scene in this episode between Matt and Foggy is a rather big one. We see this divide begin to come between them, as Foggy tries to tackle the Castle case without any help from Matt. Henson is at the absolute top of his game here, doing a great job at showcasing his frustrations and disappointment with Matt with just the right amount of emotion. With the Castle trial right around the corner, and Foggy stepping up to the plate, I can’t wait to see what happens – especially since the court scenes are usually some of the best of the series.
5 pies out of 5. While episode three, “New York’s Finest“, is currently still my favorite of this season (and possibly of the series), “Regrets Only” is high up there. Fantastic performances, great writing, and expertly shot fight scenes make this a top-five episode for me.
Elodie Yung was such a great choice for Elektra. Much like with Bernthal’s Castle, Yung steals nearly every scene she’s in. And her line delivery is excellent.
“One last thing, and this is the deal-breaker, you have to give me
back that pie.” Did this scene make anyone else hungry? No? Just me? Okay.
“You know I never pass up a chance to have my ass kissed.”
The quick fight scene with Matt in the bathroom to get the key card for Elektra is great.
The Roxxon ledger: As Matt & Elektra point out, if they don’t encrypt information regarding guns, drugs, and human trafficking, what is it that they are hiding in the code?