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Recap / Daredevil S2 E12 "The Dark at the End of the Tunnel"

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Matt tries to rescue Stick from the Hand, while Karen tries to write an article humanizing Frank after his apparent death at the pier.

Tropes present in this episode:

  • Almost Dead Guy: Stick sends two drivers to tell Matt about Elektra. She stabs them in their car but they manage to drive long enough to wreck outside Matt's apartment and tell him what is going on before dying.
  • Breaking the Fellowship: Nelson and Murdock is finished as of this episode.
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  • Chekhov's Armoury: Frank finds a literal one in Schoonover's shed.
  • Curse Cut Short: Schoonover's last words.
    You stupid son of a—*BANG!*
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: "The Blacksmith" mentions having a wife and teenage kids. By all accounts, he seems like a loving family man despite his criminal organization.
  • Eye Scream: Elektra uses her new sai in one of the ways it's best suited, putting out someone's eye.
  • Father to His Men: The Blacksmith is quite upset about Frank killing Gosnell, one of his most loyal soldiers.
  • Fingore: Stick gets tortured by the Hand through having tiny bamboo sticks inserted under his fingernails slowly.
  • Fighting Your Friend: Elektra goes after Stick for sending an assassin after her.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: Frank realizes he is too far beyond the point of no return to stop his crusade and let Schoonover live.
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  • Idiot Ball: After being so careful of hiding his identity, the Blacksmith makes the dire mistake of sending Gosnell to finish Frank off. To top it off, he taunts Frank about how it's been a long time. This tips both Frank and Karen off of who the Blacksmith is. To be fair, Frank obviously wasn't supposed to survive.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: Elektra takes extreme offense in Nobu calling her "it". It's worth noting however that the Hand nonetheless treat her with reverence, indicating that to them, calling the Black Sky "it" is simply the proper form of addressing such a powerful entity.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Schoonover was just about to call Frank a stupid son of a bitch before getting a hole in his head.
  • Left the Background Music On: Functions as a Brick Joke. Early on, Frank thinks it's funny that Earth Wind And Fire's "Shining Star" is playing in Karen's car. She throws the tape into the glove compartment, embarrassed. Later, as she is held hostage at gunpoint by Schoonover, the song starts up again as she keys the ignition. She recognizes that Frank is nearby because of this, and sure enough, Frank saves her a minute later.
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  • Mood Whiplash: When the Blacksmith forces Karen at gunpoint to start the car, some silly music starts, causing a bit of situational comedy. It also tips that Frank is near there, as Frank says that song is a favorite of his.
  • Mythology Gag: The design of the body armor Frank finds at Schoonover's shack resembles his comics counterpart skull symbol.
  • Narrowed It Down to the Guy I Recognize: You didn't really think they'd waste Clancy Brown on that tiny little courtroom scene, did you?
  • Nobody Could Have Survived That: Schoonover's reaction to Frank surviving the explosion at the docks.
  • Not Helping Your Case: Karen tries to stop Frank from going through killing the Blacksmith, who taunts him. She shouts at the Blacksmith to shut up.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: "One Shot. One Kill. You taught me that."
  • The Reveal: According to Nobu, Elektra is the Black Sky that the Hand has been looking for.
  • That Man Is Dead: Karen Page tells Frank that if he kills the Blacksmith, he's dead to her. Frank states he's already dead.
  • Shout-Out: The opening shots of emergency workers attending to the boat that was blown up by Castle seem very reminiscent in cinematography to the aftermath of the boat explosion that opened The Usual Suspects.
  • So Proud of You: After Matt finally tunes his senses around the Hand's stealth and defeats them to rescue Stick, his old master gives him a much-belated "you did good[...] I'm proud of you." Even in the tense moment, Matt can't help but pull a brief smile.
  • Took a Level in Badass: The last two times Matt fought Nobu, he was clearly on the losing end, this time he manages to knock him out.
  • Torture Cellar: Subverted. When Frank drags Schoonover into the tool shed, and Shoonover outright marvels at all the potential Noodle Implements Frank could use to wreak havoc with, the viewer is led to believe they're in for another Punisher gore-fest, and he looks like he's thinking hard. But Frank just shoots Schoonover in the head.
  • Undying Loyalty: Gosnell had this for the Blacksmith, tracking him down after the war and asking how he could serve him again.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Matt towards Elektra, again. And this time it works, as she decides to decline the Hand's offer and save Stick. Subverted with Karen who makes a failure attempt to keep Castle from killing the Blacksmith, nope he just puts a bullet that guys noggin.

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