The second half of Iron Fist Season 2 manages to continue the momentum from the first half and deliver a satisfying conclusion. The sheer difference in quality between seasons 1 and 2 is staggering, but that doesn’t mean this season is flawless… So let’s take a look and see just how many different Iron Fists one season can cram in!
Danny Rand has lost the Iron Fist to his old friend turned enemy Davos, and now he beaten, battered and feels powerless. Can Colleen and Misty get to the bottom of the mysterious ceremony that gave Davos the power of the Iron Fist?
*spoilers appear from here on out!*
Cast of Characters:
Hey look, it’s the “Daughters of the Dragon”, which is a team from the comics I’ll admit to having no idea existed…
Danny Rand / Iron Fist (Finn Jones) – Danny is a broken man, both physically and mentally, and he now has to come to terms with the idea of no longer having his Iron Fist powers…
Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick) – Colleen hates seeing Danny like this, so much she’s willing to go out and fight alongside Misty in order to get to the bottom of the whole mess and see if it can be reversed.
Davos (Sacha Dhawan) – Davos has finally achieved his life’s goal and became the immortal Iron Fist, but with no K’un-Lun to protect Davos has instead decided to wipe New York clean and free it from its own corruption… by killing people.
Joy Meachum (Jessica Stroup) – Joy has “got what she wanted” as Danny is been stripped of his power and Davos is now… killing people. Maybe now would be a good time to re-hire a certain mercenary, or at least it would if you hadn’t been caught red handed…
Mary Walker (Alice Eve) – Mary has a split personality, or possibly more than the two. Mary is sweet and innocent, and Walker is cold and battle-hardened. This makes her job as a gun for hire rather more tricky…
Misty Knight (Simone Missick) – Misty is used to weird stuff, including ninjas and glowing fists (not to mention a man with invincible skin) but searching for a magic bowl just might be a new record…
Ward Meachum (Tom Pelphrey) – Ward is trying to be a better person, but it’s hard because he’s such a default bad person. Still, at least it seems like his sister is possibly worse than he is, that’s… something?
Davos imparts his wisdom… the wisdom of putting your glowing fist through someone’s gut.
The … er, “Iron Fist Triangle” that develops between Danny, Davos and Colleen in these last five episodes was a really fun storyline. Danny and Colleen find out how to transfer the Iron Fist power out of Davos and back into Danny, but he doesn’t want it any more, liking it to a drug he couldn’t stop using, so he wants Colleen to have it instead. She resists for the longest time, until eventually agreeing, leading to a final fight where Danny and Colleen take on Davos and eventually the female swordsman takes it from him. The final fight was great and well choreographed, and I loved how Davos pleaded for the duo to kill him, in his eyes he had nothing left to live for.
Mary Walker continued to be a fun character, her nice side coming out at inopportune times, and her cold side finding out that there is a third personality more vicious than she is. Generally she just hung around to screw things up by trying to outright kill Davos by order of Joy Meachum, but the fight she had with Misty and Danny was good as well. Speaking of Misty, she continued to be a very enjoyable support character, even if she was somewhat pushed to the side (though rightfully so, she is after all a “guest” from Luke Cage, it should have been all about Danny and Colleen). Misty and Colleen fighting a trio of mysterious tattoo parlour ladies who performed the Iron Fist transplant ceremony was another well choreographed fight scene, and I loved Misty exasperation when she realises she’s somehow ended up in another close quarters fight.
We also go to see Davos create a group of followers, one of which was the kid Colleen had grown close to, and who eventually gets killed for betraying the group. I enjoyed a scene where the tough gang leader tries to back out after Davos kills a clearly innocent man for “disrespecting him”, only to get killed by another member of the group who had fully fallen under Davos’ spell. I also really enjoyed the character of Chen Wu, who switched to Davos’ side when he saw the would-be Steel Serpent Iron Fist his boss up against the wall (okay, that sounded more dirty than I’d have liked…) He ended up with an eye patch like some stereotypical Yakuza badass as well (despite being a Taiwanese man playing a Chinese man, but you know what I mean!) and had a fun role of following Davos out of fear rather than respect.
Lastly I’ll mention the bevy of scenes at the end of the show, where we see Colleen with her white Iron Fist making her katana glow as well, Ward on a journey with Danny, and Danny who has now somehow regained his yellow Iron Fist and then uses it to control two bullets from a pair of handguns he has (a reference to Iron Fist Orson Randall from the comics!) All very interesting for an as-of-yet unconfirmed third season, which I never thought I’d say this, but I’d be all for!
“Get up, your knee was only turned to mush a few days ago, you weakling!”
The Meachums are still pretty bad. Joy tries to get on Davos’ good side and then helps steal the magic bowl needed to strip him of his power, and gets tossed off of a balcony for it. She survives, with a nasty looking head wound, and is later on crutches in her apartment less than 24 hours later. Ward on the other hand has a predictable relapse into drunken arsehole-ary, then finds out the one-again, off-again relationship he’s had with his sponsor has left her pregnant, and he seemingly finally starts flying straight, only to be shot down by her. Neither story made me like either any more than what little I did anyway, though Ward’s travels with Danny across Asia was fun at the very end.
There was some dodgy, although very comic book-y, use of magic healing here, especially Danny. I mean, at least people mentioned how crazy it was, but seeing him get his leg crushed by Davos’ Iron Fist and then by the end of the next episode (just a couple of days later) he’s home and training again was just stupid. Now, its apparently partially thanks to a Rand Industries knee brace, but still… He’s fighting like nothing happened by the end of the series, set just a few days later! The same goes for Joy, whose skull was cracked open but 24 hours later she’s apparently been allowed to go back home. Ah well…
The mysterious tattoo parlour trio! (Not much to say about this, but I liked the fight, so…)
Iron Fist Season 2 ends how it began by being consistently very good and fun to watch, with some great fight scenes (thankfully this time!) and good character moments. A few bits drag it down from great, but it’s still worth a watch, easily. Iron Fist finally earns its place amongst the other Netflix MCU shows, even if it reversed the usual trend by having its bad season first rather than second…