I watched the first episode - was disliking it for the first 30 minutes or so, other than Bernthal’s performance: he really brings a lot to the character. Just too heavy-handed and the standard silly Hollywood stereotyping.
Then when the violence kicked in, and I started liking the show a lot more - this is really the first adaptation of the Punisher (I’m including S2 of Daredevil here) that seems to really get the character, and Bernthal pulls off the simmering rage ultimately leading to explosive, cruel (even if just) and savage violence. I already have gotten more out of the series than I did out of Iron Fist.
I haven’t watched The Defenders yet though, so I’ll probably go back and watch that first even though it doesn’t seem to matter (I was hoping the Punisher might have had a cameo in it, but presume not based upon the comments above). Even though the quality has declined a lot since the first 3 series, I still am probably in for the duration with the Netflix Marvel shows (despite having completely lost faith in the ABC stuff) - probably because I want to support the more adult content, and the fact that it is 4K Dolbyvision definitely helps, and I just like the Netflix format of releasing complete seasons.
Man, I can’t believe how much content Netflix is pumping out these days, and it’s generally at least decent. I’m way behind - haven’t finished Bloodline (2 episodes left), or seen any of Defenders or Stranger Things 2 yet, and now Punisher - and there’s other stuff I was at least kinda interested in like the OA and Ozark.