Five Things You Missed in The Punisher Season 2 Five Things You Missed in The Punisher Season 2

30 Jan , 2019

Frank Castle is back! And he manages to stay out of trouble for...no time at all. Not that I mind, though. With trouble comes blood-spilling fights, flying bullets, and suspenseful standoffs. I know it’s a bittersweet season, because it may very well be our last (all of the other Marvel Netflix series are already on the chopping block, save for Jessica Jones and the Punisher so far) but we should appreciate what we have, and what we have are a lot of Easter eggs to look for throughout this season.

Onward we go, and fair warning: spoilers ahead. But we’ve had the Punisher season 2 for two weeks now, so you’ve had time to watch it. And I know you binged it the first weekend it was out, anyway. So, no excuses! Here are 5 things you missed when you watched the Punisher season 2.

Castiglione is a familiar name

In season 1, we heard Frank introducing himself as Pete Castiglione, and right at the start of season 2, we hear that he’s continuing to do so. However, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen the name “Castiglione”. It all started in 1985 in The Punisher: Circle of Blood. We see it again in 1990 in The Punisher: The War Journal. Both times, the name Castiglione is associated with the Castle family’s Sicilian roots. Loosely translated, Castiglione is Italian for Castle.

While I don’t know why he decided to call himself Pete (Peter Parker? Long shot, I guess) we can still appreciate this nod to Marvel comics.

Assault on Precinct 13

For those who don’t know, Assault on Precinct 13 is a thriller movie from the 1970’s, and this season’s third episode is undoubtedly pays homage to it. In Assault on Precinct 13, a man’s daughter is murdered in cold blood by an LA street gang. Distraught, the man exacts his revenge by killing the gang leader before taking refuge in the nearly-empty precinct. Sound familiar? Good (well, not good, really)!

The film and the episode share some basic plot points: Amy and Frank team up with cops to defend the precinct from the criminals who surround the outside. In addition, the Punisher episode and movie share other details—the electricity and phone lines are cut (or, in our modern setting, cell phone reception is prevented), for instance.

Without a doubt, the third episode of the season is one of the best—it’s an insanely tense standoff with great fight scenes. If you decided to skip the entire season, I seriously suggest sitting down to check this one out. Side note, the 1970s version of the movie did get a remake in 2005, and it’s pretty good, if you’re into that sort of thing. 

That broken hand was real

In season 2, Castle breaks his hand- but really, so did Jon Bernthal. Apparently, Bernthal was as beat up as Castle while he was shooting this season. He says the broken hand happened on the first day of filming for the first fight scene of the season. By day three he had to have emergency surgery, because he decided to not tell anyone about his broken hand, and he continued to work like normal.

As if we needed another reason to love Jon Bernthal. In addition to his killer performance, he’s actually a badass in real life, too! Don’t worry too much for his injuries, though. It all worked out, in the end- just slap a cast on Castle and say he broke his hand. We all believe it.

Hospital door #129

Martin Scorsese once said, “cinema is a matter of what’s in the frame and what’s out.” I’m going to go ahead and assume he’s okay with me applying that to cinematic TV shows as well, and point out this lovely little easter egg in episode 3. Russo takes Krista hostage and breaks out of the hospital, where they pass through a door with the number “129” on it. I know it’s just a door number, and it could be random, but let’s stick with our friend Scorsese and assume that the makers of the Punisher pay more attention than that to what’s in the frame.

Here’s what it means: The Punisher was actually first introduced in issue #129 of The Amazing Spider-Man. It came out in the 1970’s and the Punisher was introduced as a bad guy for our good ol’ friend Spidey. Thankfully, the Punisher earned his own spot in the comics, but this is a sneaky little reference to his origins.

It’s Turk Barrett! Back at it again!

He’s back! If you’ve seen DareDevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, or The Defenders, then you already know Turk Barrett. In the comics, he’s a small criminal operating out of Hell’s Kitchen, and in the Netflix Marvel series, not much is different, except that he always seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. We saw him in season one of The Punisher, where Frank encounters him and lets him off easy with a swift hit to the head. We see him again here in season two episode five, where he becomes a pawn in Frank’s plan.

With each encounter, Turk gets majorly beat on or threatened by all of our heroes, but, hey, he’s still alive. So there’s that! He’s either the luckiest guy in the world, or the unluckiest. Either way, maybe Turk should just move out of New York.

Which Easter Egg surprised you the most? Did you catch any that we didn't? Let us know down in the comments! 

If you haven't yet, check out our live podcast review of season 2 below! 

Frank Castle is back! And he manages to stay out of trouble for...no time at all. Not that I mind, though. With trouble comes blood-spilling fights, flying bullets, and suspenseful standoffs. I know it’s a bittersweet season, because it may very well be our last (all of the other Marvel Netflix series are already on the chopping block, save for Jessica Jones and the Punisher so far) but we should appreciate what we have, and what we have are a lot of Easter eggs to look for throughout this season.

Onward we go, and fair warning: spoilers ahead. But we’ve had the Punisher season 2 for two weeks now, so you’ve had time to watch it. And I know you binged it the first weekend it was out, anyway. So, no excuses! Here are 5 things you missed when you watched the Punisher season 2.

Castiglione is a familiar name

In season 1, we heard Frank introducing himself as Pete Castiglione, and right at the start of season 2, we hear that he’s continuing to do so. However, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen the name “Castiglione”. It all started in 1985 in The Punisher: Circle of Blood. We see it again in 1990 in The Punisher: The War Journal. Both times, the name Castiglione is associated with the Castle family’s Sicilian roots. Loosely translated, Castiglione is Italian for Castle.

While I don’t know why he decided to call himself Pete (Peter Parker? Long shot, I guess) we can still appreciate this nod to Marvel comics.

Assault on Precinct 13

For those who don’t know, Assault on Precinct 13 is a thriller movie from the 1970’s, and this season’s third episode is undoubtedly pays homage to it. In Assault on Precinct 13, a man’s daughter is murdered in cold blood by an LA street gang. Distraught, the man exacts his revenge by killing the gang leader before taking refuge in the nearly-empty precinct. Sound familiar? Good (well, not good, really)!

The film and the episode share some basic plot points: Amy and Frank team up with cops to defend the precinct from the criminals who surround the outside. In addition, the Punisher episode and movie share other details—the electricity and phone lines are cut (or, in our modern setting, cell phone reception is prevented), for instance.

Without a doubt, the third episode of the season is one of the best—it’s an insanely tense standoff with great fight scenes. If you decided to skip the entire season, I seriously suggest sitting down to check this one out. Side note, the 1970s version of the movie did get a remake in 2005, and it’s pretty good, if you’re into that sort of thing. 

That broken hand was real

In season 2, Castle breaks his hand- but really, so did Jon Bernthal. Apparently, Bernthal was as beat up as Castle while he was shooting this season. He says the broken hand happened on the first day of filming for the first fight scene of the season. By day three he had to have emergency surgery, because he decided to not tell anyone about his broken hand, and he continued to work like normal.

As if we needed another reason to love Jon Bernthal. In addition to his killer performance, he’s actually a badass in real life, too! Don’t worry too much for his injuries, though. It all worked out, in the end- just slap a cast on Castle and say he broke his hand. We all believe it.

Hospital door #129

Martin Scorsese once said, “cinema is a matter of what’s in the frame and what’s out.” I’m going to go ahead and assume he’s okay with me applying that to cinematic TV shows as well, and point out this lovely little easter egg in episode 3. Russo takes Krista hostage and breaks out of the hospital, where they pass through a door with the number “129” on it. I know it’s just a door number, and it could be random, but let’s stick with our friend Scorsese and assume that the makers of the Punisher pay more attention than that to what’s in the frame.

Here’s what it means: The Punisher was actually first introduced in issue #129 of The Amazing Spider-Man. It came out in the 1970’s and the Punisher was introduced as a bad guy for our good ol’ friend Spidey. Thankfully, the Punisher earned his own spot in the comics, but this is a sneaky little reference to his origins.

It’s Turk Barrett! Back at it again!

He’s back! If you’ve seen DareDevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, or The Defenders, then you already know Turk Barrett. In the comics, he’s a small criminal operating out of Hell’s Kitchen, and in the Netflix Marvel series, not much is different, except that he always seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. We saw him in season one of The Punisher, where Frank encounters him and lets him off easy with a swift hit to the head. We see him again here in season two episode five, where he becomes a pawn in Frank’s plan.

With each encounter, Turk gets majorly beat on or threatened by all of our heroes, but, hey, he’s still alive. So there’s that! He’s either the luckiest guy in the world, or the unluckiest. Either way, maybe Turk should just move out of New York.

Which Easter Egg surprised you the most? Did you catch any that we didn't? Let us know down in the comments! 

If you haven't yet, check out our live podcast review of season 2 below! 

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  • Posted On January 30, 2019 by Keith Medlock

    The bouncer at the bar from the first couple episodes is modeled after Baraccuda, a Punisher villain

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