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Fight or Flight 

Frank and a reluctant Rachel go on the run as a menacing adversary gives chase. Meanwhile, Madani pays Russo an unwelcome visit.

Director:

Jim O'Hanlon

Writers:

Gerry Conway (based on the Marvel comics by), John Romita Sr. (based on the Marvel comics by) (as John Romita) | 5 more credits »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Bernthal ... Frank Castle / Punisher
Ben Barnes ... Billy Russo
Amber Rose Revah ... Dinah Madani
Josh Stewart ... John Pilgrim
Floriana Lima ... Krista Dumont
Giorgia Whigham ... Rachel
Alexa Davalos ... Beth Quinn
Tony Plana ... Rafael 'Rafi' Hernandez
Teri Reeves ... Marlena Olin
Joe Holt ... Sheriff Hardin
Brandon Gill Brandon Gill ... Deputy Ken Ogden
Jamie Ann Romero ... Deputy Murphy (as Jamie Romero)
Rudy Eisenzopf ... Deputy Dobbs
Ramona Floyd ... Doctor Evans
Ashley August ... Debbie
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Frank and a reluctant Rachel go on the run as a menacing adversary gives chase. Meanwhile, Madani pays Russo an unwelcome visit.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 January 2019 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Locust Valley, New York, USA See more »

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Dolby Atmos

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

"Fight or Flight" are the automatic stress responses that occur when faced with a potentially life-threatening situation. Here, Frank's instinct is fight and Rachel's instinct is flight. See more »

Goofs

At the Tides Motel. Frank put the "Do Not Disturb" outside the door when they came in at 6AM, but the scene at 12:21PM, the sign is on the inside. See more »

Quotes

Frank Castle: You just point and shoot. There's no safety. If you run out of bullets, it probably means we're both dead.
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20 January 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

Marvel's The Punisher

Lightfoot's almost R rated take of this beloved character of comic books, holds no bar on glorifying its protagonist to its peak with all possible tactics. The mean street themed anti-hero of ours may resemble a lot to its companion Murdock, but as far as morality and sanity clause is considered, Bernthal's character has been free from such strings far before it even hits the screen. He has got deep voice, he reminisces about his past, he ignites his anger through sorrow and he is the protector working from outside the law. And with all these stated pragmatic theories, the action that it thrives upon too communicates a lot to its viewers.

With well choreographed and lethally performed actions, the gore vision of the makers is justified thoroughly on the screen, personally I still prefer Goddard's typical Daredevil mano-y-mano fight compared to the jump-the-shark and often too-much-to-swallow action in here. Bernthal's genuine commitment to this role inherently enhances his portrayal where his emotionally driven monologues- something that we first glimpsed when he arrives in Daredevil- is one of his finest bits. As far as the storytelling is concerned, the writers adds enough characters to distract and distribute the storyline with gripping well constructed sequences to keep us tangled.

But, the real culprit is the screenplay and the conversation that comes off chalky or cheesy to breed out the sincerity of the emotions it goes through. Another signature of it, is how it weaves out brilliant eye popping culmination of characters on screen, but this is something that is usually seen in its initial stages, for the last act is often a mind numbing bloodbath. Addition to that, the supporting cast isn't convincing enough to push Bernthal for a better closure let alone support him.

Season 02

The respect earned by its first season by creating an eerie yet soothing bond between Bernthal and Ray Newman is shucked away with none whatsoever emotional string in this one. Plummeting down vigorously with its repetitive narration and questionable sequences, the lack of practicality in conversations results to be the stab at the back of the series.

Fight Or Flight

Whenever there comes a point where a character engages into a conversation, the writing plummets down vigorously leaving us with nothing but bullets and bloods which may be people pleasing but isn't definitely productive.


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