Is it just me or have Netflix's Marvel shows lost their steam (did the recent seasons of Luke Cage and Jessica Jones light anyone's fireworks?) and that the streaming service is only pumping them out to fulfill a contractual obligation? Just saying.
Anyhoo, who's excited to see the return of the man with the glowing appendage? Not me. C'mon, Iron Fist/Danny Rand isn't a very interesting superhero. So it comes as a surprise that — I can't believe I'm saying this — Season 2 is actually better than the first one.
Is it a vast improvement? Not really, but an improvement nevertheless. For starters, instead of 13 episodes, we just have to sit through 10 episodes, where Iron Fist (Finn Jones) tries to stop his adopted brother Davos (Sacha Dhawan) from raining Hell in Chinatown.
Pacing is still an issue, though — the narrative doesn’t shift into high gear until Ep 5. At least, it isn’t as bloated and stretched as the standard Netflix/Marvel show. Rand is still dull, but this is where Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick) comes in to shake things up.
She has more to do than just being Rand’s girlfriend/sidekick; she’s his more centred, more composed partner-in-crime-fighting. Her buddy scenes with Luke Cage’s Misty Knight (Simone Missick) strongly suggest that they should have their own spin-off.
Elsewhere, Alice Eve is a welcome addition to the mayhem; her role as ‘Typhoid’ Mary Walker, an ex-black ops soldier suffering from multiple personality disorder, will put her hot chick image to rest. All said, Season 2 has more energy and purpose, and, again, I can’t believe it, but I’m actually looking forward to Season 3.
Watch it on: Netflix