The Punisher Episode One Review “3AM” Podcast – Defenders TV Podcast Episode 122

We’re back with our Punisher Episode One Review of “3AM” we discuss our top five points about this episode in our Spoiler filled discussion about the first spin off show from the Marvel Netflix universe. As always make sure you’ve watched the episode before listening to the podcast.

Punisher Episode One Review

Punisher Episode One Review Podcast Spoiler filled Synopsis

Written by: Steve Lightfoot

Directed by: Tom Shankland

Six months after completing his punishment of the Kitchen Irish and the Dogs of Hell, Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) is back in New York and taking out his anger on a building site. Living under his original name Pete Castiglione he spends his days and nights here trying to avoid forming a friendship with rookie builder Donny Chavez (Lucca De Oliveira) or thinking about the family he has lost. Donny is desperate to make some work colleagues and after paying for an expensive night out he makes friends with four other workers on the site Lance (Chris Critelli), Paulie (Tyler Elliot Burke), Leo (Jason Hite) and Scut (Ben Rezendes). When Scut gets injured in a work accident the rest of the crew bring Donny into the team for a snatch and grab on the Gnucci crime families weekly card game. Donny messes up and drops his ID exposing the group. When Frank hears the gang attempting to kill Donny for his mistake he stands up for the little guy killing the group and taking out every member of the Gnucci card players. But as Castle leaves the Gnucci murder scene  a watcher in waiting picks him out from security footage. “Welcome back Frank”. Meanwhile Homeland Security agents Dinah Madani (Amber Rose Revah) and Sam Stein (Michael Nathanson) are investigating an incident in Kandahar involving The Blacksmith and connected to The Punisher.

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Thank you so much for joining Defenders TV Podcast for our Punisher Episode One Review. We will return next week with our review of The Punisher Episode Two “Two Dead Men” talk to you then.

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John, Chris and Derek

Defenders TV Podcast

Date recorded: 11/11/2017
Date published: 17/11/2017
MP3, 90.04 mins, 96kbps, 62.0 MB

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2 comments on “The Punisher Episode One Review “3AM” Podcast – Defenders TV Podcast Episode 122”

  1. Ken Hui


    Great job on the podcast. Recently discovered it and went back and listened to each episode for Daredevil seasons 1 and 2 and for The Defenders.

    I thought Punisher, episode 1 was a solid but not spectacular beginning for the season. Some of my thoughts:

    1) I don’t think Curt was in Frank’s platoon or at least not part of any “special” missions that Frank had. Curt asked Frank what did he get into at Afghanistan that made him so nihilistic.
    2) I was ok with the Donnie storyline because I don’t think this means we’ll have a “mission of the week” type show. I see it as just a way to bring Frank out into the open so Micro could find him and Dinah would begin tracking him down.
    3) Frank not having always being a “good guy” during a war is consistent with how he is portrayed in the comics. There, Frank killed because he found pleasure in killing though I don’ think that is exactly the direction this show is taking.
    4) On the question of if Frank went too far, I think he decided to kill the construction workers and the mobsters because they all had intent to perform premeditated murder and were in the processing of carrying that out.
    5) I wonder how close Netflix is planning to bring this Frank to his portrayal in the comics in terms of motivation. In Daredevil season 2 and this Punisher episode, Frank seems to only be focused exacting revenge which is why he “retired” after killing the last person involved in his family’s murder. In the comics, the Punisher was after vengeance which is why he continued killing criminals even after killing the people responsible for murdering his family.

    Looking forward to watching episode 2 and hearing your review.



      thanks so much for your feedback Ken. We’re delighted you’ve been enjoying the podcasts so far. Hopefully our Punisher podcast will be just as enjoyable a listen. We’ll discuss these points on an upcoming episode.

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