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Recap / Daredevil S2 E7 "Semper Fidelis"

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Karen and Foggy continue working with Frank on a defense, while Matt continues avoiding the trial to work with Elektra.

Tropes present in this episode include:

  • Bottomless Pit:
    • Invoked by the massive digging the "Yakuza" have made. Matt throws a flashlight into it and we never hear it hit the bottom.
    • The flashlight falls for 20 seconds between Matt throwing it and the credits rolling. Under standard gravity, the flashlight would have fallen 1,961 metres (6,435 feet). Of course, Matt's hearing is probably not good enough to hear a flashlight hitting dirt at that distance.note 
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  • Base-Breaking Character: Frank Castle is seen as this In-Universe. The beginning of the episode has some potential jurors sharing a low view of what he does, while others go so far as to applaud him as an actual hero.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Matt recalls his fight with Nobu, and the building Fisk got for Nobu and his associates.
    • Matt and Karen reminisce about the night they first met.
  • Double Speak: Karen's remarks about what is going on in Frank Castle's head come off more as her recalling her memories of killing James Wesley:
    Karen Page: Just for a minute... try... try to be Frank Castle. To be solely fueled by... by a single cluster of seconds. One moment in... in your entire life... And every time you close your eyes, you relive that moment. And every time you open them, you find only the... the briefest peace before you realize that that nightmare is real. That nothing has changed. Your family isn't coming back. And so you watch them die... all over again right in front of you. We're not talking about something that happened to Frank Castle, we're talking about something that is happening to him.
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  • Every Scar Has a Story: Matt shows the knife scars he got in season 1 to Elektra. Most of them were inflicted by Nobu.
  • Interrogation Montage: The screening of jury candidates plays out this way.
  • Mythology Gag: Matt says the train cars don't have any "negative space," apparently meaning "voids," since they're filled to the brim with what turns out to be dirt. The artistic use of negative space is a big part of the Signature Style of Frank Miller, and was one of the things that revitalized the Daredevil comic under his hand.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Elektra threatening the Medical Examiner and telling him to confess that he doctored reports involved in Frank Castle's past means he was put under duress and his testimony is inadmissible, eliminating a major witness for Nelson & Murdock. Matt rightfully calls her out on this action the very second he next meets up with her (quite violently).
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  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: It's subtle, but for a brief moment near the end when Matt and Elektra break into the Hand's hideout at Midland Circle, Charlie Cox slips back into his natural English accent when he says, "We're alone."
  • Properly Paranoid: The security at the prison where Frank's being held don't even let Karen bring paperclips in with her.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Frank rejects using PTSD as a defense for his actions, because he sees it as unrelated and an insult. Not against him, but to all the veterans who are actually suffering mental trauma from their service and not going out and hurting people. Ironic, given that Karen later describes how Frank is reliving the deaths of his family over and over again, trapped in that moment, and this is a very common symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder... it's just not related to Frank's combat experience.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Foggy hands one out to Matt, combined with a "The Reason You Suck" Speech, for lying to him again and possibly screwing up the entire trial.


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