Iron Fist Season 2 is a far, far better season than its first. While not perfect, Season 2 at least has characters you care about, it’s shorter in length, lacks big business boardroom meetings and has lots of well choreographed fight scenes. Roasting Iron Fist Season 1 was one of the first posts to go up on this blog, so it’s nice to see the follow up be far more fun to review. Well… let’s have a look then!
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:
“Hey look Danny, she’s drawn a picture. Ain’t she nice?”
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…
The flashback fight was great and all, but he should be wearing this mask currently as well, damn it!
Danny Rand himself is greatly improved, no longer being spoilt to a fault, and no longer hanging out at Rand Industries HQ. He goes through a good journey, first becoming obsessed with using the Iron Fist, later just using it on inanimate objects when he couldn’t find a criminal to beat, then loses it to his rival Davos and coming to realise how unworthy he had become. He instead (after much convincing) gives it to his girlfriend Colleen instead, and then goes on a journey across Asia, Iron Fist-less but still able to “kick arse”… or “kick ass”, because despite being British, that just sounds right in this situation…
Colleen goes on almost an opposite journey, starting the season off retired from fighting, eventually being drug into street fight after street fight, and then later into the role of Iron Fist itself. She is also looking into her family history, the big reveal of which is that she is seemingly descended from an old Iron Fist from ancient times. Her team with Misty Knight is fun too, the two play off each other well. Misty doesn’t do a whole lot here, which makes sense as any major plot or arc to do with her character should be kept to Luke Cage for those who only watch that series, but she’s good for a fight and/or a sarcastic comment or two.
Davos is our lead antagonist, and does a decent job. His stoic, no nonsense demeanour sometimes comes across as charisma-less or poor acting, but he fulfils his role fine. We see how he was poorly raised by parents who wanted him to be the best in K’un-Lun, a.k.a. The Iron Fist, and when he fell short his parents, especially his mother, properly brow-beated him over it. He gains the Iron Fist from Danny and begins to clean up New York’s crime problem by using the Iron Fist to murder a list of criminals, eventually creating a bunch of students to follow his way of thinking. He of course loses both in a fight to Danny and Collen, and the Iron Fist powers he so dearly wanted, but he was fine as a problem that needed to be overcome, especially after beating and crippling Danny on several different occasions.
The other major character that deserves to be in the good category is Mary Walker, a.k.a. Typhoid Mary, or Bloody Mary… neither of which she goes by here (there is a hint that “Bloody Mary” would be an apt description of one of her other selves, mind you…) She has a split personality thanks to a traumatic P.O.W. experience (in Sokovia!) and now the sound of rain (or dripping water) can swap her from sweet and naïve girl to cold-hearted killer-for-hire. She works for Joy Meachum, and eventually is shown to be able to beat a confused Danny and nearly shoot Davos. By the end, she knows a third self must have been what killed all the guards and freed her in Sokovia, but she doesn’t know what triggers the transformation…
All in all, it’s a good, tight plot, breaking down the Iron Fist like it’s a drug that can be misused, and is full of fantastic fight scenes, very martial art-y (which, you know, makes sense!) and generally was fun to watch.
“You may be the lead villain, but I bet more people hate me…”
The Meachums are still not very fun to watch, though not as bad as Season 1. Joy is still upset with how Danny and Ward kept her father’s secret (that he’s alive!) from her, so orchestrates Mary to get Danny in a place to be captured and have his Iron Fist transferred into Davos… only to then begin to fear Davos, so betrays him to try and give the power back to Danny and gets nearly killed for it. Idiot.
Ward is trying to better himself, but seeing him not take rehab seriously and later go through a predictable and unpleasant relapse was not fun to watch. There were a few good scenes with him and Danny or him and his sort-of love interest who he ends up getting pregnant, but overall he was more Tony Stark without the charm.
There was quite a bit of people getting seriously hurt and then being alright amazingly quickly, like they wanted to tell the story over months but were allowed only a week or two. Danny especially heals unnaturally fast, though at least several characters mention it in the show!
A preview of what’s to come!
Iron Fist Season 2 is a fun ten hours, full of enjoyable action, mostly enjoyable characters and a simple plot that’s great to see unfold. While it’s not perfect, if this was the quality of Season 1 then Iron Fist would have completed a great foursome, instead of being the single letdown. Still, I think this season was better than Jessica Jones S2 or Luke Cage S2, so in the “rematch”, so to speak, Iron Fist has come back swinging. Well worth a watch!