South Africa Has Their Own Punisher: First Impressions Of Netflix’s Shadow Series

by Tito W. James

Shadow is a former police detective who operates outside of the law to help the innocent people of Johannesburg. After being struck by lightning as a child, Shadow no longer feels pain. This unusual ability coupled with a safe house filled with lethal weapons gives Shadow the makings of a superhero.

The Bad

There is a certain amount of cheese intrinsic to crime dramas that is also present in Shadow.

The Good

Shadow is an interesting mash-up of a traditional gritty crime show and a lighter apartment-based dramedy. It’s equally entertaining to see Shadow dealing with unruly roommates as well as ruthless gangsters. Shadow as a character manages to be archetypal but also human and charming. The show also deserves props for its exciting and varied soundtrack.

The Verdict

Though the show isn’t necessarily reinventing the wheel when it comes to vigilante crime stories, Shadow stands apart because of its characters and setting. It’s refreshing to see contemporary South Africa and everything from the slang to the humor feels real and authentic. It’s a strong start to what I hope will be a breakthrough series.

Tito W. James

Tito W. James is a journalist writing for with a focus is on highlighting high quality independent content. His comics draw heavy influence from hand drawn animation and incorporate action and comedy into various genres.

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