Release Date: Sept. 7, 2018
Starring: Finn Jones, Sacha Dawan, Simone Missick, Alive Eve, etc.
Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5
Since the first season of Daredevil arrived in 2015, Marvel has had much luck with their TV shows on Netflix. This lucky stride changed when the first season of Iron Fist arrived in 2016, what used to be all tongue-in-cheek, easy-win fiesta for the mouse house owned body turned into a critical fiasco.
Expectations were almost non-existent when plans for a second season were announced. Even as the release date drew closer, no one seemed to care. I knew no excitement brew in me even thought I knew I was going to eventually watch it.
I’d like to state that season two of Iron Fist is a much better installment: remarkable improvement from the first one; it shows Marvel/Netflix listened to most of what viewers saw as the shortcomings of the first one and did something about them.
We see a slightly better Danny Rand (Finn Jones): the martial artist, leading the march for a more meaningful story, arguably tighter than that obtained in the first season. But it is the improved production quality that really got me excited. It doesn’t take a genie to notice the acting is far better, the fight scenes, too, reflect better choreography; this time Finn Jones portraying a martial arts experts is certainly believable.
Danny used to be the show’s weakest link in the first season. He mostly came across as arrogant, annoying and impossible to root for, and I believe this changes this season. Though Danny doesn’t magically become the world’s best character, you don’t feel that pressing need to punch him hard every time he appears on screen anymore; this time you just want to punch him very little. 😂
Moving on, let’s welcome Iron Fist 2.0, aka Davos (Sacha Dawan).
Remember how throughout season one of Iron Fist and The Defenders Danny wouldn’t let us rest a second without him repeating the name K’un-Lun or the story about him facing the great dragon to acquire its heart, which gave him the fist? Well, some things don’t just change. We still get hear those boring tales, though less frequently. But it isn’t until the arrival of Davos that we get to understand a bit of what happened during Danny’s 15-years away on that mystical land.
I enjoyed the bits and pieces of Danny and Davos’s history we were fed with in earlier episodes; all the tidbits of how they used to be brothers until, according to Davos, Danny stole his birthright (the iron fist) was fun while it lasted.
In Davos, we get a villain scared and shaken; someone who wants to do the right thing, but doesn’t know how to go about it. Even when he gets honest advice from Joy on how to proceed differently, he honestly doesn’t know what to do with it. I saw in him a man who wants to change the world, but can’t because he’s driven by misguided policies.
Enter Mary Walker
More interesting than Davos is supporting villain of the season – Mary Walker or rather, Walker. Actress Alice Eve does an excellent job showing us portraying two characters at war with each other in one body. Mary’s vulnerability and Walker’s feistiness which she brought to life made literal the phrase ‘there’s good and evil in all of us at war with each other’. Dissociative Identity Disorder is a serious issue some people battle with and I liked that we were reminded of the people in society battling with the condition.
Personally, I’d have loved if Walker (the evil alter) took a more prominent role as villain of the season. The way she and Mary (the other one) were written made them appear to have more depth in terms of character history, which obviously made them more interesting. Instead, she was limited to being buddy with Joy, who I honestly didn’t recognize this season, and we’re forced to endure Davos’ repetitive chant of him changing the world as the Iron Fist. Should Walker have been made the main villain, I’m almost certain things we’d have had a more interesting story than the path travelled with Davos.
Joy and Ward
Joy, this season, was full of surprises. Transformed and with a much better sense of purpose, a character who initially bored me in the first season quickly became one of my favorites. Her alliance with Davos to hurt Danny for returning to her life and bringing hell with it and also Ward shows how much growth her character has attained since the first time we met her. She obviously isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty any more and that’s an important milestone for any one to cross.
As for Ward… He easily becomes one of my favorite characters. His sneaky one-liners and hard man stares got me chuckling almost everytime he was on screen. Sadly, he doesn’t get much this season other than knock up his woman-friend/counsellor, beg Joy for her forgiveness and trail after Danny as a sidekick.
Everyone’s favorite detective, Misty Knight (Simone Missick), is back and she might just be taking the role that made Claire Temple very popular in this corner of the Marvel universe. She appears in about half the episodes and is a delight to watch every single time, as always. She and Colleen Wing team up once again, after the events of ‘The Defenders’, in what continues to look like a set-up for Daughters of the Dragon, and I love every moment of it. Though it takes Colleen a while to come around to fighting again, once she starts there’s no slowing her down and things continue to get even more interesting with Detective Knight by her side.
The final moments of episode 8 opened a new plot that dangles into the future. The way the season ends changes things drastically for everyone. It hurts I can’t give specifics (sorry, no spoilers this time) but it does leave the possibility for things to be more interesting moving forward.
I also want to say the shorter 10 episode arc helped make the story tighter, Nerflix should consider effecting this change throughout the other Marvel shows in their catalogue.