By Gustavo Buenrostro
With improved fight scenes and a focused story, “Iron Fist” season two is a huge step up from the previous season and shows potential to stand on its own.
“Iron Fist” season two picks up after the events of “The Defenders” where Danny Rand, played by Finn Jones, as the Iron Fist is fulfilling a promise he made to protect New York City. But Danny’s decision to leave K’un L’un last season comes back to haunt him in the form of his best friend Davos, played by Sacha Dhawan.
Davos comes back for, not only revenge for Danny abandoning his home, but to also steal the Iron Fist from Danny, believing he never deserved it.
The plot of the second season, for the most part, is pretty simple and very predictable. This not a bad thing however, since the first season’s story was very boring and convoluted.
The story for this season is much more focused, with most of the subplots tying in together believably and smoothly.
One of the major disappointments of the previous season was the fight choreography. It was stale which is odd coming from a character that is known to be the “greatest martial artist in the world.” This season definitely improved choreography. The fight scenes looked more dynamic and fluid. Especially the fight they have in K’un L’un in a flashback, where the two fight to decide who will become the Iron Fist.
Another highlight of this season was the cinematography. The shot compositions in many of the scenes were done well with the lighting sticking out the most. Shadows would cover Danny’s face or body when he would question whether he should kill his friend Davos.
One scene where the cinematography really stuck out is when Alice Eve’s character is sitting alone and the camera shows one side of her face while a mirror on the wall shows her other side
Eve’s character is not in focus however, and instead, the camera’s focus is on Joy Meachum, played by Jessica Stroup, talking with Davos. What makes this shot great is the fact that Mary’s character has Dissociative Identity Disorder. That shot shows the two sides of Mary Walker’s character and the ties she has with Joy, which play out later in the season.
Many people’s complaints about the first season were about Finn Jones playing Danny as a very stagnant, onenote type of character. In this season, Jones does a fantastic job playing Danny as more likeable and showing more range than he had before.
His character grew throughout the season, with him even questioning if he should still be the Iron Fist. There was more nuances in his portral than there was in the first season.
Another stand out of the season was Alice Eve. She played Mary Walker’s two personalities brilliantly. It felt like two different people. Her story does not end in this season as there was mystery to her character that sets up a potential story for the future.
One of the worst aspects about this season of “Iron Fist” is that it is very reliant on the audience having not only seen the first season but also having seen “The Defenders,” where much of Danny’s season two motivations comes from at the end of that series. Anyone jumping in to see this season may not only be lost but bored of the dialogue.
With this season of “Iron Fist” improving on the previous season, those who watch the Netflix Marvel shows should check this one out. “Iron Fist” season two is streaming now on Netflix.