The first season of Iron Fist was terrible, it was the worst of the Marvel Netflix efforts and generally disappointing. Things are much better this time around with a greatly improved season. It still lacks the cohesive elements to make this a great series, but it's a grand advancement for the characters. We're given a shorter season that helps with the pacing and some possibly interesting motivations for various cast members, but it can still be boring to get to the good points.
Even when those do arrive, it's rather odd. Action is far more present here and the multiple waging factions were interesting. I particularly liked their surprise guest as I would have never anticipated their appearance. I still like the idea of the character and by the end of it all I wasn't sure to be excited for more or just curious as to the weirdness that happened. That aside, I still think the Luke Cage Season 2 quick cameo by Danny Rand was the character's best moment thus far.
The show looks fine for the most part, it retains that similar style that all the Marvel Netflix shows have. It's more focused on physical combat with martial arts. We get to see some rather intense moments with darker tones, yet this still feels like the lightest of the bunch.
My favorite aspect of this season was the relationship between Danny Rand (Finn Jones) and Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick) as it was fun to see the two interact. Heroes in this darker side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe tend to have rather unhealthy setups so it was refreshing to see something slightly more calm in nature. It also helps with building Wing out as more of a unique character as the season did give her a greater focus.
Iron Fist Season 2 is a great improvement over the first offering while still lacking that special spark. It has some solid moments and the concept they were playing with should have worked better. I liked the core characters, yet I'm not sure they knew what to do with them. The side regular folks that composed Danny's family didn't do much and their stories seemed somewhat weak in the overall narrative.
It's good to have some non-heroic individuals thrown in, they just need to connect in more interesting ways. It felt weird how they were tangled in, but I did find that I warmed towards Ward as it progressed despite his odd problems. There's potential with this series and this is a good starting point to develop it further as things were left strange.
Iron Fist Season 2 Review at Home with Streamed Viewing
Screening was Provided by Netflix