Posted December 4, 2017 by Jasmin in Reviews

REVIEW: The Punisher S01E04 – Resupply

Episode: S01E04 – Resupply
Directed By: Kari Skogland
Streaming Available: November 17, 2017
Created By: Steve Lightfoot
Based on Characters By: Gerry Conway, John Romita, Sr., Ross Andru
Starring: Jon Bernthal, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Ben Barnes, Amber Rose Revah, Paul Schulze, Jason R. Moore, Michael Nathanson, Daniel Webber, Jamie Ray Newman, Deborah Ann Woll

And so, they meet. Frank and Madani have a little face time in “Resupply.” The pair finally meet when her sting is interrupted by Castle’s supply run. In the series’ first overt America First moment, we have a battle between good ol’ American muscle — Mustang vs Mustang. Madani and Frank tangle in a vehicular game of cat and mouse before they every actually speak to each other.

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If this were Bullit, my money would be on Madani in her 1969 Mustang Mach 1. But it’s hard to beat technology and the unfair advantage of a two-man job. Ultimately, the American muscle battle ends with Frank coming out on top after Micro rams the truck (full of guns and ammo) into Madani. Two-man job, remember?

The scene proves that Frank and Madani are more alike than they are different. He is not just some maniac like the reports paint him to be, and she’s come too far to let other people dictate the trajectory of her career. His handling of her after Micro takes her out of the game is telling. Frank has no interest in letting bodies pile up on his watch. His goal is to take down the people that orchestrated his family’s death. He can recognize ambition, but we will have to wait and see if Madani is as lenient.

Frank’s mercy is always starkly contrasted with his remorseless nature. In the chop shop, he has no qualms about killing the worse guys and leaving the mechanic to his own bodily fluids. Micro is most certainly out of his element, commenting that the smell of death is worse than he expected. Going back to what his wife said about never being able to get his hands dirty, he steps up (and out of bounds) in ways that surprise even Frank in “Resupply.”

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The quid-pro-quo between Frank and Micro is interesting as each man uses his own strengths against the other. Excuse me, leverage is a better word, as we hear in the episode. Frank’s comfortably has Micro’s in the position of a bargaining chip while Micro has the logistics and supplies of Frank’s mission under his thumb. I wouldn’t call this pair friendly, yet, but progress is being made. There’s a modicum of trust that is enough to keep them copacetic for now.

The excitement of a failed sting couples well with the growing dread the Lewis’ unstable psyche presents. After accidentally shooting at his father in “Kandahar,” Lewis moves himself into a homemade foxhole in his father’s backyard. Curtis is concerned and tries to reason with Lewis, but it just feels like the kid is already a lost cause. Unwilling to give up on Lewis like I have, Curtis encourages Billy not to allow Lewis to join Anvil.

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This is a mistake! For a man as damaged as Lewis, he desperately needs a rigid daily structure in order to function. Lewis is struggling with freedom, and Curtis taking away his change at structure will not end well. Has Curtis inadvertently signed his own death warrant? I hope not, but I am not optimistic. Lewis is a tragic story line waiting to unfold, and he’s going to take some good people down with him.

“Resupply” ups the ante as Frank continues to barrel his way to the truth. His second life as Pete Castiglione is over and his third chance at Frank Castle is just getting started.

The Punisher is now available on Netflix.

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Jasmin loves Batman, sci-fi, and movies with lots of explosions. When she’s not writing about geektastic things, she’s probably playing video games or watching sports. Her ultimate goals include traveling the world to watch tennis and working for BioWare to revive the essence of the original Mass Effect Trilogy.