Iron Fist (2017–2018)
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Shadow Hawk Takes Flight 

Danny struggles with his new surroundings, Colleen dishes out a harsh lesson, and Joy sends an unconventional message.

Director:

John Dahl

Writers:

Roy Thomas (based on the Marvel comics by), Gil Kane (based on the Marvel comics by) | 3 more credits »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Finn Jones ... Danny Rand
Jessica Henwick ... Colleen Wing
Tom Pelphrey ... Ward Meachum
Jessica Stroup ... Joy Meachum
David Wenham ... Harold Meachum
Murray Bartlett ... Paul Edmonds
James Hindman ... Simon
Barrett Doss ... Megan
Alex Wyse ... Kyle
Marquis Rodriguez ... Darryl
Donté Grey ... Caleb (as Donte Grey)
Michael Maize ... Dink
Adam Feingold ... Joe the Orderly
Zakiya Young ... Nurse Smith
David S. Lomax ... Orderly (as David Lomax)
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Danny struggles with his new surroundings, Colleen dishes out a harsh lesson, and Joy sends an unconventional message.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 March 2017 (USA) See more »

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USA

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Trivia

Kun Lun sounds like a Mandarin place name (and Danny speaks Mandarin, apparently; definitely not Tibetan). But his description of the place - as a heaven outside of this world/dimension and only accessible through extraordinary means, where a war is immanent between righteous Buddhist warriors and "mleccha" (anti-Buddhist barbarians) - is strikingly similar to Shang Shung, a mythical kingdom associated with the Kalachakra Tantra and the inspiration for Western depictions of Shangri-la. See more »

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At the end of Episode 1, Danny is shown strapped to a bed with his sleeve rolled up and an IV inserted in his right arm. At the beginning of the second episode, the sleeve is rolled down and underneath the wrist restraint. See more »

Quotes

Danny Rand: I thought you were dead.
Harold Meachum: And I thought you were dead, so I guess that's something we have in common.
Danny Rand: I didn't die.
Harold Meachum: No, clearly not.
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Much better than the previous episode
17 March 2017 | by scarlettyforestSee all my reviews

Though this episode still suffers from a few of the last episode's biggest flaws - that being too slow of a pace and some script issues - this episode is comparatively leaps and bounds above it's predecessor.

John Dahl's second crack at directing an Iron Fist episode creates a much more coherent arc for the audience to focus on through a greater attention to camera framing and with a much greater focus on visuals to tell the story - which is what we want to see in a visual medium! However the episode ultimately suffers from the little progress that was made in episode one and the flashbacks which seem to be going nowhere. Also, it was strongly hinted to in the pilot episode that the Meachums suspect that Danny is who he says he is, but the same story arc and conclusions drawn by the Meachums is repeated in the second episode too, and why? It was quite a waste of time, really. Had a few tweaks been made to the script, episode one could have been cut out entirely and been replaced with episode two's arc, and having the pilot episode end with Danny breaking out for the mental hospital would have made for a much stronger start my opinion.

Elements of mystery surrounding Harold Meachum are also introduced and his character is established a little more. Unfortunately, he's virtually the only one. At this point in the series, Danny is a cliché and a half - all we know about him is that he is "haunted" by the crash, and that he used to be a whinny kid. For nearly two hours of episodes, that is not nearly enough for a protagonist, and it makes it hard to sympathize with him.

In summary:

+directed much better than the pilot episode - more cohesive

+iron fist scene

-pacing issues - too much pontificating for a small payoff

-where are the flashbacks going?? Also, they're not that well done, visually speaking.

-we know virtually nothing about Danny's character

-acting is still a little "eh"

7.8/10


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