Iron Fist – Season 2 Episodes 1 – 5 Review

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The original Iron Fist season got a lot wrong, it was focused on boardroom politics too much, it had too many unlikable characters and, bizarrely, had few martial arts sequences and ones they did do were often poorly done. So, Season 2? Massive improvement so far. Better fights, more fights, and practically no scenes in Rand Enterprises at all! While it’s not perfect, it far better… so let’s take a look at the first half! (it’s only 10 episodes this time…)

Synopsis:

After being inspired by the death of Matt Murdock, Danny Rand has begun to do his best to protect New York, but he has slowly grown more complacent, using his Iron Fist all the time like it’s no big deal. As a Triad war begins to erupt, Danny is finding himself over worked, and that’s not even including what his old pal Davos is up to…

*spoilers appear from here on out!*

Cast of Characters:

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Danny and Colleen have their enemies over for dinner. Not awkward at all…

Danny Rand / Iron Fist (Finn Jones) – Danny has been protecting New York as best he can, but he’s only one man, even if he’s one man with a glowing fist of immense power…

Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick) – Colleen has hung up her sword, choosing instead to help the downtrodden of New York get a fresh life. But being the girlfriend of the immortal Iron Fist, she can’t stay out of the fight forever…

Davos (Sacha Dhawan) – Davos feels it’s his right to be the Iron Fist, and now K’un-Lun is gone there is only one method of reaching his goal, and it involves his old friend Danny and a magic bowl?

Joy Meachum (Jessica Stroup) – Joy feels betrayed by her brother and best friend when Ward and Danny kept her father being alive from her. Now she has joined forces with Davos in order to extract her revenge, though revenge isn’t always as sweet as it sounds…

Mary Walker (Alice Eve) – Mary suffers from a split personality, one half sweet and insecure, the other a cold-hearted killer for hire. She does her best to keep her problem in check so it doesn’t affect her work, but it isn’t easy…

Misty Knight (Simone Missick) – Misty is thinking over a potential promotion to Captain thanks to her recent team up with Luke Cage, and while she’s thinking about it a trip to see her friend Colleen might be on the cards!

Ward Meachum (Tom Pelphrey) – Ward is still operating at the top of Rand Industries, with Danny a silent partner. He’s doing his best to conquer his demons, but he finds it hard to speak about his emotions openly to other people…

Plus more!

The Good:

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This flashback fight was brutal, and one of the highlights of the first half of the season.

From the opening scene of Danny taking down a group of people stealing an armoured truck, you can tell someone else is at the helm of the show. A well shot fight and some amusing quips makes this far closer to the Iron Fist of the comics than Season 1 ever came to. Throughout these first five episodes Danny has moved in with Colleen and gotten a job at a movers rather than hanging out at Rand, he’s far less preachy and a lot more relatable, so top marks there, plus he’s not as wooden as he was in Season 1. Colleen is more restrained, though clearly only so she can eventually be forced to take her katana off the wall in “cool fashion” later on, but is still a pleasant woman and a supportive girlfriend, despite what her boyfriend gets up to…

The main jist of this half of the show is Davos and Joy planning to steal Danny’s Iron Fist away from him, which they do at the end of Episode 4, fulfilling Davos’ destiny of becoming Steel Serpent, not that he’s been called that… It also introduced Typhoid Mary (not that she’s been call that, though that at least makes sense, it’s a little old fashioned!) who’s been good so far, kind and naïve, and then suddenly cold mercenary for hire who manages to out-fight Danny (who was admittedly holding back out of confusion), her ticks and manor of speech really add to the mental health aspect, and from what I’ve heard we get more on her backstory in the next half. I’m looking forward to it.

They used flashbacks to try and add some sympathy onto Davos, showing that in K’un-Lun his mother pushed him to be the best, when he came second place to Danny she properly ran him down verbally. It… sort of worked, I guess? That kind of hard and uncaring parental motivation is a valid excuse for being so driven, though obviously not at the cost of others… He seems to be targeting criminals though, so for now it’s an interesting spin on this season’s lead antagonist, in a Punisher sort of way. The flashback to their fight to see who becomes Iron Fist was brutal and bloody, so I’m interested to see what happens when they re-collide at the end of the season.

Apart from that there have been scenes of a Triad turf war brought about by The Hand being gone, where were often brutal themselves, and Misty appeared in Episode 4 and seems to be handing around, which is good because her sarcasm is always a fun addition to the MCU shows.

The Bad:

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The two “bads” of the show, are both good! Plus this is a high-rez screen shot! Hooray!

Joy is no joy, still. Now she’s even worse because she talks about getting revenge against her brother and Danny for not letting her in on the whole “her father is still alive” thing, but in end only punishes Danny… and quite severely! Ward, however, is really the only one responsible since he was doing it for so long as well (I guess sibling love made her unable to do it?) She’s generally unpleasant, though at least she’s sort of an antagonist this season, unlike…

Ward… Wow. He’s still a super arrogant tool who goes to an AA meeting and ends up flipping everyone off, then later has sex with his sponsor, but still doesn’t take the meetings seriously… it’s just… He’s so “arrogant businessman” that you can’t help but dislike him for it, even though he’s Danny’s friend and on the good side, technically. Now in Episode 5 he had a good chat with Danny where he finally opened up about his addiction and stuff, so maybe he’s finally going to find redemption by the end of this season? I hope so, otherwise he’s Tony Stark without the charm or magnetism to forgive his arrogant rich ways…

Overall Thoughts:

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No! That yellow cloth should be around your head, damn it!

While some characters are still unlikable (despite some trying to be on the good side) Iron Fist’s second season is off to a far better start than I could’ve imagined after Season 1. Great fight scenes, a personal conflict that’s set up to end in a big showdown, and a new villain in Mary Walker, who is instantly far more interesting than any of the antagonists in the previous season. Lets keep our fingers crossed the second half of the season keeps up the quality!

4 Star Watch

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