Finn Jones, Jessica Henwick, Simone Missick, Sacha Dhawan, Tom Pelphrey, Jessica Stroup, Alice Eve
September 7th 2018
Summary for Moms:
After the events of The Defenders and Luke Cage Season 2, Danny Rand A.K.A. The Immortal Iron Fist, Protector of K’un Lun, Sworn Enemy of the Hand (Finn Jones), has shacked up with bad ass former Hand cult member Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick) and is attempting to live an honest life. That is, except when he goes out at night and uses his Iron Fist to stop New York City Gang violence in Daredevil’s absence. Unbeknownst to him, Joy Meachum (Jessica Stroup) and his old frienemy Davos (Sacha Dhawan) hatch a plan to exact revenge on Danny and steal the power of the Iron Fist for themselves, with a little help from a mysterious mercenary named Mary (Alice Eve).
Meanwhile, Ward Meachum (Tom Pelphrey) goes to Narcotics Anonymous.
Season 1 of Iron Fist has made the rounds on the internet as Marvel’s worst TV offering. That is, until Inhumans came along. (We’re not doing Inhumans, so don’t ask.) Iron Fist Season 1 was slow, laborious, and not very much fun. But my mom loved it. Season 2, fortunately, is an improvement in every way. Gone are the tedious office boardroom scenes, replaced by decently staged kung-fu action and intrigue. Also, they had time to cut his hair. Iron Fist Season 2 embraces some of the best parts of the Iron Fist mythos and executes them very well. And, SPOILER ALERT: My mom loved it, again.
After just one episode, you can see that the action, characterization and story are already streets ahead of the previous season. My mom enjoyed the initial slow suspense of what was transpiring between Davos and Joy and where it was leading. When they ultimately manage to take Danny’s Iron Fist powers, she was shocked and amazed.
Upon his capture of the Iron Fist, Davos’ evil journey also caught her attention. As he wields the power indiscriminately, my mom branded him a “mad, crazy idiot” and said that “when bad people are around they shouldn’t get weapons.” Fair enough. And while she was upset with Joy for aligning with Davos in the beginning, my mom was scared for her safety when she decided to betray him in the end. She was really afraid what would happen to Joy if she got caught. Which she did, and it was bad.
The supporting cast in Season 2 is also pretty stellar. Tom Pelphrey continues his great, nuanced turn as Ward. My mom was happy to see Misty again, especially when she teams up with Colleen to kick ass. But Mary caused her some confusion. She understands what DID is, but the mechanics of Mary’s shifting to her alters kind of confused her. She was curious about it, but in the end didn’t really grasp what was going on.
Now let’s talk about Colleen. My mom really likes Colleen. She thinks Colleen is beautiful and bad ass. And she was very happy that she got the Iron Fist in the end. Which, for the record, I think is the single best move they could have made in this series, and I’m glad they made it. I think she might have a crush on Colleen Wing.
All in all, Iron Fist Season 2 is fantastic, fun romp with a lot of great action and intrigue. Everything about it is better than Season 1 would lead you to believe, so if you’re skipping it based on that, please reconsider. It’s also only 10 episodes, which really helps with the pacing and is something other Marvel Netflix shows should look into. It also teases a Season 3 that would be based on one of my favorite Iron Fist Comic Book arcs “The Last Iron Fist Story” by Ed Brubaker. My mom was also incredibly interested in this as well. So we’re on the edge of our seats waiting for Season 3!
Oh… wait. Oh, no.
Mom Rating (Out of Five):
- “This is really interesting. I’m very impressed. The story is well written.”
- “What? Why did they cancel it? It was so good!”