So, last weekend, I watched the second season of Netflix’s Iron Fist.
If you don’t know the backstory of Iron Fist, Danny Rand (Finn Jones) and his parental units have a plane accident 15 years ago. Danny’s folks’re died, Danny went MIA…until he showed back up in NYC to claim his birthright to find out the plane “accident” wasn’t. He has to find out who killed his folks and tried to kill him and reclaim the fam business with the power of the Iron Fist he’d learned from Lei Kung, the leader of a monk order.
Fast forward to this season. This season, there’s a Cain and Abel theme at play with Davos (Sacha Dhawan), Danny’s ex-best friend and order brother coveting Danny’s Iron Fist powers. He’ll kill Danny to get the power from him if need be.
My main gripe about the first season was the lack of the use of the Iron Fist, I mean after all, that is the show’s name. They rectify that in spades this season.
Of course, the martial arts have to be on point since, eh hmm, it is a martial arts film. The fight scenes’re brutal. Thank God Netflix pushes their superhero action past the kid-friendly PG-13 realm these series deserve to do them justice.
Another central theme that seems to be a theme with all the superheroes is the “with great power, comes great responsibility” bit. Being that it’s used in just about every superhero story, it could be a tired trope, but the truth to the saying, especially in today’s climate, makes its possible overuse forgivable. With Davos coveting the Iron Fist, Danny questions whether he’s really up to the responsibility of welding that much power, which forces him to make life-altering decisions that will probably change the relationship he started in the first season and is firmly in in the second with Colleen (Jessica Henwick).
From my standpoint, the powers that be listened to fans, I bet I wasn’t the only one who felt the power of the Iron Fist was lacking in the first season, with what happens with the power of the Iron Fist in good and bad hands. Couple that with the Cain and Abel-esque storyline and the twist ending, the second season rose to the occasion and stuck the landing.
Be good to each other.