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Film Review – Iron Fist Season 2

Iron Fist Season 2 continues on where its predecessor left off. Davos ( Sacha Dhawan) is after the power of the Iron Fist, and Joy Meachum ( Jessica Stroup) is seeking revenge on Danny ( Finn Jones) due to vague reasons.

The titular character, Danny Rand has matured much as compared to when he was in Season 1. He is more humble, wiser and not as naïve as he once was. While Season 1 focuses on Danny’s ‘ almightiness’ as the immortal Iron Fist, Season 2 can be said to be a journey of self-discovery for him. You do not see him using his privilege in board meetings this time around and he is working for a local moving company instead.

It is Colleen Wing’s ( Jessica Henwick) story arc that is the highlight throughout the series, as she has about the same scene time as Danny. The female protagonist now works in a community centre, where she strides to lay down her sword at last. Her interactions and chemistry with police officer Misty Knight, played by Simone Missick, is one that has gathered increased attention.

In this season, we still have not seen how Danny fought off the dragon, Shao-Lao to claim his Iron Fist in the first place, but we do get more background information on the events that happened between Danny and Davos back in the ancient city of K’un-Lun.

Danny’s brother in K’un-Lun, Davos is the main antagonist in the show. He lacks neither the aura nor presence of Wilson Fisk or Kilgrave and his motives are relatively predictable and straightforward for viewers. Meanwhile, Alice Eve’s character is Mary Walker ( known as Typhoid Mary in the comics), who has a double personality. You have sweet, shy, innocent Mary on one side of the coin; and sneaky, menacing Walker on the flip side. It is when she turns into Walker that things get bloody and Alice’s acting expertise shine through.

Marvel’s Iron Fist Season 2 is a huge step up from Season 1’s tumbling disaster, and that can be down to improved fight scenes. It is one the key factors in Season 2’s upturn in fortunes. In this season, they have a new fight choreographer in Clayton Barber, who was also in charge of fight sequences in the Marvel blockbuster movie Black Panther. As a martial arts/ kungfu based series, it is safe to say that hand-to-hand combat sequences are very pivotal and the team behind Season 2 has rectified the problem this time around.

Siblings Ward ( Tom Pelphrey) and Joy have differing affinities towards Danny. Ward seems to be turning over a new leaf and wishes to rekindle his relationship with Danny. The moments of conversation between Ward and Danny are enjoyable scenes, especially towards the end. On the other hand, in Iron Fist’s debut season, Joy is the one who shares empathy for Danny’s unearthly circumstances. But here, Joy is turning out to be a dangerous, cunning character as the season progresses.

The ending is the most eye-opening out of the other Marvel-Netflix MCU series, as it unfolds numerous possibilities, and I am eagerly awaiting what is install for the next season ( which I hope there will be). The 10-episode cap for the season also makes the series shorter and prevents unnecessary dialogue, instead of the traditional 13-episodes we see.

Though Iron Fist Season 2 is no Daredevil or Jessica Jones, good storytelling and improved screenwriting makes this season a worthwhile one to watch. It has improved significantly from Season 1. Don’t let the rather slow pacing at the beginning of the series put you off, you might as well binge through the season like I had.