Warning: Major spoilers for Season 2 are below.
We expressed guarded hope for the second season of Marvel’s Iron Fist when the trailer dropped last month. And we’re happy to report that the series, which returned to Netflix last Friday, mostly lives up to the trailer’s promise. The writing is better, the fight scenes are better, and the characters and relationships are more fully developed. Thematically, it’s all about power: who deserves to wield it, what it means to lose it, and, ultimately, learning how to share it.
When we last saw Danny Rand (Finn Jones, Game of Thrones) in Luke Cage S2, he seemed more centered, less bratty, and suitably chastened by the apparent death of one of his fellow Defenders. He’s now living with former martial-arts instructor Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick, Game of Thrones) in her now-closed and remodeled Chinatown dojo and making nightly patrols to keep his promise to protect the city. But there is tension: Danny still struggles with impulse control when wielding the Iron Fist, while Colleen has hung up her katana altogether to pursue a path of peace. “If I carry it, I’ll use it,” she confesses to Misty Knight (Simone Missick, Luke Cage).