All Marvel series after Daredevil had a tough act to follow. That series was so intense and emotional, it is the benchmark for web series. Post that, came Jennifer Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. Out of all these, Iron Fist is largely considered to be the weakest, partly because of the uninspiring main lead, Finn Jones and partly because of a screenplay that was slower than most. The second season promised to have a quicker, faster screenplay and a better storyline. Here’s the review of whether the series lives up to the hype.
In the second season, Danny Rand has started a relationship with Colleen Wing, who he first met as a Dojo Teacher. His relationship with Ward and Joy Meachum is fractured at best, but at least Ward and Danny are on talking terms. Danny Rand’s life is complicated this time by two villains, Davos, from Kun’Lun and Mary Walker, an assassin who’s signed up to do away with Danny Rand.
Somehow, somewhere, the quality of writing for superhero web series is taking a body blow. Maybe it’s the captive audience, maybe it’s the big amounts of money already paid up, but there’s something missing in the current superhero webs series. In Iron Fist Season 2, we have two big enemies, we have so many characters but none of them really connect with the audience. It’s interesting that with so many characters and so many dual-logues possible, there’s just one that comes across as endearing – the one between Danny Rand and Ward Meachum, where Meachum nags Danny about his relationship with Colleen. Think about it, we have Danny Rand and Colleen Wing, who have a great on-screen chemistry, and even they don’t have a heart-warming sequence.
And that’s the series in a nutshell. A wasted opportunity that could have created so many memorable characters and sequences. All that would be forgotten if we had high octane, stylised and choreographed action sequences – even that’s missing. What’s also missing is the emotional context that the action sequences had, in the series like Daredevil and Luke Cage.
In Iron Fist 2, the action sequences try to be two things – the campy, glitzy cut of action sequences from exploitation films in the 80s and emotional heavy sequences. They add Asian soundtrack during a couple of the fights – but by then the audience is so riled up that the music seems off.
A Superhero web series is basically a mix of high emotion, great action set pieces and addition of aspects like fantasy and supernatural. In Iron Fist 2, the addition of the Mary character and the portrayal of her Dissociative Disorder might be good for comic book pulp, but on the screen, it’s positively cringeworthy. The core story too is too simple to be the DNA of a series.
What’s Wow: The idea of Danny Rand getting a second outing and keeping him relevant is the only good thing coming out of this part of the series.
What’s Blah: Un imaginative action sequences, a weak core storyline and the bad transition of comic book characters to the screens does no good.
Cast: Finn Jones, Jessica Henwick, Tom Pelphery, Jessica Stroup, Ramon Rodriguez, Sacha Dhawan, Rosario Dawson, David Wenham, Simone Missick, Alice Eve
Creator: Scott Buck
Parting Shot: The series is an addition to the franchise, let’s hope this one works enough to further Danny Rand’s story.
Marvel’s Iron Fist is now streaming on Netflix.