Conforming to Survive, Season Two Demystifies the Fury Behind the Fist
By: Salvatore Cento
Critics said that the first season lasted too long, that the episodes dragged on, that Danny Rand, the main character, should come down a few pegs regarding his outlandish loyalty towards being the guardian of K’un-lun. He even tried to convince people that he was saved by monks living in a mountaintop village after his plane crashed.
Being bred to inevitably fight a living, breathing, dragon. The immense power held inside his fist.
The best way to describe this season of Iron Fist would be in two words: Reality check.
Citing the negative response for the first season on the showrunner, Scott Buck, he was replaced with Raven Metzner who wrote Elektra as well as Clue. Viewers can clearly see that Buck’s direction does not intend to steer us in a way that is outside of the show’s sensical scope, but yet brings us into some new and interesting changes.
The most noticeable difference is Danny’s main conflict. In season one, he was up against the evil organization known as the Hand.
Shared by characters in the show and viewers alike, the question was raised as to what the main character’s real intention was once he got his hands on Madam Gao, one of the five leaders of the Hand.
This time around, with Davos as the main villain, bitter over the fact that Danny was able to beat him and thus obtain the Iron Fist when they were both training in K’un-Lun, everything boils back down to basics which was a person in struggle with another, each of them having different goals in mind.
This change was drastic and surprising, but quite welcome in a world where superheroes are usually made to fight off against larger than life villains.
Also, in a move that we all saw coming due to the events that we were left off with, the brother and sister personalities of Ward and Joy Meachum seem to switch bodies for the new season.
While Joy was the open book, emotionally charged member of the family and Ward was the closed off one with all the secrets, this time it’s Joy with the double life, keeping information from her brother.
While this worked with Ward because of his cocky and aggressive behavior, able to stand up to those looking to see beyond the tough exterior, Joy just cannot maintain the same tough look.
This is remedied when she meets almost the same fate as her counterpart and is forced to look at the brighter side of things.
Speaking of Joy’s brother, the viewers are treated with a different lens to see Ward through.
When an evil character slowly turns to start on the path of good, it’s natural for the writers to expand on the character’s story to see his or her weaknesses and faults to show that the character is human.
In Ward’s case, his alcoholism, relationship with women and his brotherhood with Danny are spotlighted. Long overdue, but refreshing.
The newest addition to the full cast along with Simone Missick, who takes on her role from Luke Cage as Detective Misty Knight, is Alice Eve who plays Mary on the show. Mary, better known in the comic book world as Typhoid Mary, is a woman who has dissociative identity disorder.
Her other personality is named Walker, an assassin for hire. By the end of it all, Eve’s scenes were so enthralling that other characters were no longer as interesting. A surprise twist guarantees her return in season three and that’s something the viewers can look forward to.
The next focus is about something that takes place towards the latter half of the season. So with that in mind, spoilers ahead.
At the end of it all, there is not just one Iron fist, but two, possibly three. An orange one held by Danny, a white one held by Colleen and Davos who could possibly have a red one.
It’s not an argument about whether or not the show will stay true to the storyline in the comic books, but one has to wonder if the writers are following the likes of Arrow and Flash, where we have multiple archers and multiple speedsters, in hopes of retaining viewership and not being cancelled.
After all, Arrow is going to be in it’s seventh season and Flash is going to be in it’s fifth. Imitation is, after all, the sincerest form of flattery, but the audience hopes that the next season slows down.
While it can be said that there was much more good than bad this time around in the world of glowing fists and warrior monks, let’s just hope that the show’s title character doesn’t get lost in the shuffle.