My Concerns about Netflix's The Punisher.


Punisher Fan Made Poster.

A Fan Made Poster.

Stephen Sufjik, one of the directors behind the upcoming Netflix series The Punisher, did an interview with Combat Radio where he revealed that the show is going to be entirely different than all the other superhero shows Marvel Studios have produced for Netflix.

“It is different than the other Marvel shows as far as it is an adult drama. There are no superpowers. You know the Punisher is a character who is based on vengeance, fundamentally. His family is a victim of some horrific thing,” Sufjik said. “But the character himself is well-known and the way that they approach it is very different from the other shows.”

It’s no brainer that The Punisher has no superpowers and this upcoming show won’t deal with super powered beings. Instead, it’ll deal with Frank struggling to cope with the tragic loss of his family while engaging in a never-ending war on crime while hiding from the Law, vengeful criminals, and overzealous heroes.
As much as I am really looking forward to The Punisher, I also have a lot of concerns about it. This article I wrote is a way get myself ready for seeing The Punisher on Netflix and to help me address my concerns.
I don’t want to find myself watching Punisher and undergo the very same experience I had when I used to watched and regret watching Voltron, The Third Dimension when it was on TV many years ago in 1998/99. That’s long before Netflix (and that super-awesome hit show Voltron: Legendary Defender) appeared on the internet.
Let me tell you a story about my experience in watching V3D many years ago. There has been times when I looked forward to seeing TV shows and movies that caused me to get real excited over them only to get so shocked, offended, and upset at what I saw on the show that I swore to never watch the shows again. Case in point: Voltron: The Third Dimension.

How bad is 3D Voltron? This bad!

How bad is 3D Voltron? This bad!

The show is bad. Extremely bad! Animation and all! My childhood has been totally ruined by this God-awful show! Even before I actually saw the series, I knew at the sight of the screenshots, which World Events gave out that previewed the show, that V3D going to be extremely bad and horrible. An incredibly awful show that was never at all like the original anime series Voltron Defender of the Universe I grew up watching with great excitement and adoration every weekday after school.
When I first made a critique over it on the official Voltron forum site, I was told to give it a chance and not make any criticism about it without watching the show. So I took a chance and watched the show. I kind-of liked it at first, but on episode 5 entitled “A Riff in the Force” there was a scene where Keith and Lance got into a fight and started pushing each other like little girls on a school playground. That’s where Keith did something I never thought he could do to Lance– pull a gun on him! That’s right! Keith pulled a gun on Lance in that infamous fight! Thankfully Princess Allura broke up the fight and later on, in the end, Keith and Lance shook hands and made up.
I’m not going to show any screenshots of that incident because it will upset me all over again. The episode was something that still sends shock waves and trauma to my system to this very day. Several episodes later I encountered the worst episode of them all, “The Troika Moons.” That episode, the worst episode of them all, is where all 5 lions of Voltron were “sacrificed” to destruction in exchange for the lives of billions of people living on the 3 moons that were supposed to be celebrating a festival in honor of Voltron.
It was a trick made by the evil Prince Lotor who wanted the lions destroyed so that he can travel to Planet Arus and lay waste all over the entire planet without any interference from Voltron. I honestly cried when I saw the climax of that episode. I cried and cried and cried. The overwhelming shock and horror of seeing what happened in the episode lingered for a long time before gradually wearing off. I just taped that episode on the VCR along with several other episodes before that. Boy, did I regret it. I ended up throwing the tape away right after the episode ended.
I don’t ever want to see that show again. Period! Everything about the show clearly confirms what I knew about it all along. The show was extremely awful junk not worth seeing anymore whether online or offline. It was the worst Voltron reboot I have ever watched and will not watch again no matter what.
That experience, along with other similar experiences I’ve had in the past, lead me to become very openly concern about what will I see in any newly anticipated show I want to watch. The Punisher is no exception. I’m very much concern about what will the show contain when it finally airs in November on Netflix.
I don’t want to find myself getting upset and regret watching Punisher. Rather, I want to watch Punisher with pleasure and really enjoy the show. Of course the show will contain blood, gore, foul language and graphic violence. But will it contain nudity, whether partial or full-frontal type of nudity? Will it contain disturbing scenes of domestic violence, torture, and rape? Of drug and alcohol abuse? Steaming sex scenes straight out of a X-rated film? Showings of pornographic magazines and centerfold posters of naked women?  Will the show be a Soft TV-MA or a Hard TV-MA rated show? Will there be children getting hurt and abused? Will there be scenes of the horrors of war shown right before ones very eyes?
All these questions and other similar thoughts plague my mind. There are some things I don’t mind seeing such as the likes of the epic prison battle from Daredevil Season 2. But I don’t want to see any nude or explicit sex scenes at all in any kind of show, including The Punisher. I’m not the type of person who enjoys seeing characters showing off their genitalia, whether they’re breasts, butts, or penises, and engage in gross sex.
Instead, what I really want to see is Punisher engaging in heart-stirring monologues like in the graveyard scene, thinking and reminiscing about his family, dishing out serious punishment while fighting epic battles, showing off his iconic skull emblem, rescuing innocent people, epic scenes similar to the courtroom entering scene, and the utterance of “One Batch. Two Batch. Penny and Dime.” And see that show become one of the highest rated shows ever to air on Netflix.
And Mr. Jon Bernthal, just like before, when playing as The Punisher, don’t mess up! Continue perfecting the character and take him straight all the way to the top exactly as you did in Daredevil Season 2.


Sherry Konkus

Sherry Konkus lives in Owosso, MI. She is the proud owner of the Camac Athena EX Concert Grand Harp named "Grover" and Camac Mademoiselle named "Ernie." She's also the proud author of The Punisher Harp Zone. Sherry is the one who came up with the idea of portraying The Punisher from Marvel Comics as the punishing harpist who plays the harp in memory of his family who was killed by the mob years ago.