As a big Marvel fan I couldn't wait for Season 2 of Iron Fist to drop on Netflix. I know season one had some issues. Creating a lead character, Danny Rand, who is a completely naive man-child was one of them. So my hopes were high that he would have matured a bit. Twenty minutes into Season 2 episode 1, and I wanted to scream at the tv. Why, oh why, does Danny Rand have to be such a baby?? No seriously. He is the Iron Fist. He is a warrior. And yet he is devoid of all common sense and ability to spot when he is being played. As a viewer and a fan this wears thin quickly and becomes incredibly frustrating.
Thankfully as the episode progresses the storyline improves dramatically. The action is ramped up and some of the loose ends from season one are addressed. Better yet, we now have some solid villains. Season one was very on the fence about who was good and who was bad. There were lots of moments that had fans going back and forth on certain characters. It was a clever angle for the creators to use. You were never quite sure and that kept you guessing and engaged. Now, however, there is no doubt. There are very specific bad guys with real motivations and the show is all the better for it.
I always liked the fight scenes but they too have had a makeover for season two. They are better choreographed and are used to greater effect. Instead of just random fighting there is now a point to them e.g. Danny versus Harold Meachum and Danny versus Davos. They serve a point in shaping the overall story.
We are also introduced to plenty of new faces including Mary Walker who suffers from a dissociative identity disorder. Also known as Typhoid Mary, she is comic inspired and is torn between three personalities. We also meet Sam Chung aka Blindspot, Lei-Kung, aka The Thunderer, Misty Knight from Luke Cage and the Crane Sisters.
Overall there's a lot to like about Iron Fist Season 2 as the stories develop and the hierarchy of the players becomes more evident. We learn more about everyone involved and get a greater understanding of K’un-Lun and Danny's time there. Fans will enjoy it's evolution, the improved acting and the character development. A big thumbs up and if you haven't seen Iron Fist Season 1, check out our review here!