Marvel’s Iron Fist Season 2 Review: Netflix’s Ugly Duckling, Receives A Brilliant Makeover

Jordan Samuel Jordan Samuel
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September 5th, 2018

Content Editor, Film Critic and Writer for ComiConverse.com, the Founder and co-host of the official Nerdcast Network Podcast


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Iron Fist Season Two is a great return of form to Netflix programming with some groundbreaking action and overall focus on character that improves upon its previous season in every way.


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Rating:

4
On September 5, 2018
Last modified:September 5, 2018

Summary:

Iron Fist Season Two is a great return of form to Netflix programming with some groundbreaking action and overall focus on character that improves upon its previous season in every way.

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Warning: Season 1 spoilers abound below. If you haven’t seen the first 13 episodes, proceed at your own risk.

Marvel’s Iron Fist Season 2 Review

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 Season 2 furthers the transformation of Danny , a character with a fish out of water coming of age story making his way in a harsh new world, battling to work out who he is. This season, Danny has promised that with Matt Murdock gone, he will step up and protect his city. But a sinister plot twist threatens his very identity and he must conquers his villains to protect the town and people he holds close to his heart.

Marvel’s Iron Fist season two is here, but before I talk about the latest Netflix offerings, we need to reflect on the disappointing season one. A show which was panned by critics and evens fans alike, for its a poor adaptation of Marvel’s signature martial artist. I had a severe distaste for the show, due to the slow burn pace and laughable revenge plot - which made it hard for me to care about Danny Rand’s struggles. However over-time Danny got a second chance in The Defenders, that developed him more significant than a solo series - with his connections with Daredevil, Luke Cage and Jessica Jones.

And this journey continues with Iron Fist season two, which I am happy to report serves as a massive improvement in all areas. The new show-runner Raven Metzner (Sleepy Hollow), understands the character and allows Danny Rand to get some great development within the 13-episode run. Action this time around utilises the characters great martial art background - at times even rivalling Daredevil’s classic hallway fights. Alongside better villains, focused story elements and useful side characters make all the difference in Iron Fist.

Iron Fist Season Two feels like a brand new pilot, even starting off with some excellent street fighting which feels more cohesive than any episode in season one. I adore this change as the action in prior seasons felt weak - with Netflix putting effort into making each punch feel impactful and tense. And these changes also appear in the following episodes (including a great martial art tournament). Danny Rand feels like a competent fighter in this season, with Finn Jones (The Defenders) selling each battle with his confidence. It also has a faster-paced approach to storytelling, making sure something important is happening throughout the run-time.

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Danny Rand (Finn Jones), a martial artist with one mighty fist, has sworn to protect New York, after the disappearance of its devil. But new issues arise with a sinister plot which threatens his entire way of life, thus bringing blood to the mean streets. Finn Jones gives his best performance yet, with his development on screen - making for a more laidback approach which complements the sometimes dark subject matter. I like his story in season two, as it delves into his backstory and fleshes out his intentions a bit more.

Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick) returns as the right-hand lady of Danny Rand and knocks everything out the park, capitalising on her rugged “take no shit” attitude which made her a fan favourite in season one. Jessica Henwick’s (Iron Fist) kicks-ass and takes names, alongside working as the perfect antidote to Danny’s energy - I even liked their romantic chemistry this time around which never felt forced. Audiences who enjoyed the brief Colleen Wing/Misty Knight team-up in Luke Cage season two will be thrilled as the pair share several moments together here.

Sacha Dhawan returns as Davos, a villain who saved the first season form being a total miss-fire and provides another great performance. Dhawan brings an unbelievable level of intensity which pairs nicely with the overconfident Danny Rand (Finn Jones). Davos isn’t adjusting to the modern world all that well. And just like the best of Marvel’s Netflix villains, you can see where this guy is coming from. Despite not being on the level as Kingpin - his performances decently hit the perfect balance for a substantial villainous role.

Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness) joins proceedings as the mysterious Mary Walker as another member of Manson Family, a character who has similarities to another Marvel Comics supervillain. Eve brings a freaky character to life with some of the best action scenes in the medium and handles some of the most creepy scenes in Marvel’s Netflix show history. Hope more of her will be used in the next season of Iron Fist - because there is so much potential for the character going forward.

Verdict

Iron Fist Season Two is an excellent return of form to Netflix programming with some groundbreaking action and an overall focus on character that improves upon its previous season in every way. The 13-hour season doesn’t overstep the mark, and finally finds a way to make the iconic Iron Fist work in his series. It doesn’t reinvent the Netflix lineup but delivers some more classic grounded superhero drama.

Netflix does it again in the latest offering, giving Iron Fist a substantial programme in the process. It ends with some of the best battles and shows more to come, in forthcoming seasons of Marvel goodies. I look forward to more adventures with the loveable goofball Danny Rand his friends.

Iron Fist Season Two is on Netflix this Friday! Set the clocks for this one.

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