Posted December 6, 2017 by Jasmin in Reviews

REVIEW: The Punisher S01E07 – Crosshairs

Episode: S01E07 – Crosshairs
Directed By: Andy Goddard
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

In episode 7, “Crosshairs,” we’ve got Lewis making bombs, Russo making moves, and team Punisher/Micro taking a loss. Agent Orange didn’t get this far without being paranoid to high heaven.

Castle and Micro - Crosshairs

© Nicole Rivelli /Netflix

Castle and Micro found the doctor that was helping Schoonover smuggle the drugs back to the US, and he’s got interesting sex habits. They catch him in the act in the hopes of cloning his phone. But the stingers get stung when Rawlins and Russo are waiting for them.

“Crosshairs” is little more than a filler episode to prove how dirty Cerberus is. Rawlins has come too far to make himself an easy target. Despite Frank making a perfect shot, he learns too late the windows on the home are bulletproof. Seeing Frank and Micro work together tactically is a nice touch. It shows how far they’ve come as a team, and it shows how vulnerable each man is.

Madani and Stein - Crosshairs

© Nicole Rivelli /Netflix

Madani wraps her head around how she and Stein may have been complicit in getting Gunner Henderson killed. She plays this investigation too close to have leaked information to the wrong person. Process of elimination leads her to believe her office is tapped. She brings Stein up to date on the matter as we learn these two have finally learned to truly trust each other.

They share an endearing moment after finding the bug where Madani tells him that he’s not right for this line of work. He replies by telling her that she and Frank Castle are more alike than she’s willing to admit. It’s probably the most honest they’ve been with each other since partnering up. Stein is absolutely right about Madani. She is stubborn, abrasive, and willing to step outside the lines to accomplish her objective. She and Frank are the same person on opposite sides of the law. It’s more cliched than I’d like, but it’s interesting none-the-less. I’m more interested in seeing how far into the grey area she is willing to go to close her Kandahar investigation.

Castle and Bennett - Crosshairs

© Nicole Rivelli /Netflix

Billy goes from charming to smarmy in record time, and I’m convinced he’s truly a psychopath. The way that he behaves when he’s around Rawlins is a stark contrast to the front he presents when he’s not. These two are deep in each other’s psyche and make a deadly combo when backed into a corner. Their in-fighting does not bode well and it is surely and indication that one will turn on the other. Who will bend first?

Seeing Rawlins in his “natural environment” is disconcerting. He feels like the exact same guy from the video of Zubair’s murder. Everything about him is creepy; from that damaged eye to his intonation. At the beginning of The Punisher, it was easy to dislike him because of what he’d done. By “Crosshairs,” it’s impossible not to loathe everything about the man. He is despicable.

Castle not being able to take him out is infuriating. But it means we’ve got something to look forward to later in the season.

The Punisher is available now 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.