Full spoilers follow for Marvel’s The Punisher’s fifth episode, “Gunner.” Make sure to keep up with our full season binge.
“Gunner” feels like so much more than your average superhero show. Marvel’s The Punisher has taken away all of the superpowers and mythological jargon found in its other series and replaced it with something more relatable. This approach keeps each episode feeling fresh and important. There’s no filler here, so far.
The themes of post-war trauma and its effects on Frank are still prevalent, but this episode is beginning to explore the complex issue of what it means to be a dad. While The Punisher is far from a show like Modern Family, it’s admirable that the writers are choosing to explore the subject using Frank and David.