Posted December 5, 2017 by Jasmin in Reviews

REVIEW: The Punisher S01E06 – The Judas Goat

Episode: S01E06 – The Judas Goat
Directed By: Jeremy Webb
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

The pace slows way down in “The Judas Goat” as The Punisher allows the audience some breathing room. After the plethora of information that was divulged in “Gunner,” we now have a moment to soak it all in. At this point I’ve lost count of how many people know Frank Castle is still alive. Despite the relationship not possibly being able to end well, I’m here for Russo and Madani. They are toxic for each other, and it will be fun to see which one cracks first. And Billy? I can’t even get into Billy’s story right now.

Lewis confronts O'Connor - The Judas Goat

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I’ll start with Lewis. This kid is just another person that is slipping through the cracks. He falls in with O’Connor because he doesn’t want to hear what Curtis is says. Despite Curtis pulling the plug on Lewis’ next career, he refuses to give up on the ex-marine. Curtis — Patron Saint of lost causes. Though he is saintly, he loses his patience with Frank’s present state and O’Connor stirring the pot in group. His nurturing side usually wins out, but it’s nice to see that Curtis has some bite.

After Micro realized Frank wasn’t getting better, he goes to Curtis for help. The former Corpsman jumps into action and whips Micro into shape in the process. He tells the hacker that he hates the idea of Frank’s involvement in this mission. Each time Micro tries to state his case, Curtis expertly (and hilariously) shuts him down. The dynamic between these three is consistent in its lack of cohesion. Micro is a third wheel when Curtis and Frank have the floor. He knows it but his distance doesn’t feel like resentment so much as longing.

Frank and Billy - The Judas Goat

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Micro has been on his own for too long. He sees Frank’s interactions with the outside world, and I think it’s showing him that life exists outside his bunker. They may never admit it to each other, but both Frank and Micro are learning how to be part of the world once more. Micro is learning how to fight for what he wants. Frank is learning, through Micro’s family, that there is plenty left to fight for in this world. “The Judas Goat” is where it finally feels like they’re ready to become a team.

Which brings us to Billy. The best friend and only one who seems to have gotten out of Kandahar unscathed. He wears thousand dollar suits, drives a Bentley Continental GT, has a company worth millions — on the surface, Billy is set. But how does a grunt, albeit a ranking grunt, make it out of the military with enough start up capital to build a para-military organization like Anvil in the first place? This is a question I should have asked myself in earlier episodes, but I was blinded by his charm. And so is Madani.

Rawlins and Russo - The Judas Goat

© Nicole Rivelli /Netflix

Now that Billy knows Frank is alive, he tries to make contact, even reaching out to Curtis. After some encouragement, Frank finally meets with Billy, who swears he can get him out of this alive. There’s relief and some edge to the meeting between Billy and Frank. The “pretty boy” is genuinely hurt that Frank is alive but didn’t reach out. Of course he’s got friends in high places, namely one William Rawlins, Mr. Agent Orange himself.

Oh, Billy. You unimaginable bastard.

“The Judas Goat” draws lines in the sand, finally revealing the good, the bad, and the ugly of The Punisher. There is a lot at stake for all involved in this spider’s web.

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.