TV Review: Iron Fist S1E2 Shadow Hawk Takes Flight

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

This second episode continues the rather bland acting from the first as we’re bounced around as to whether we believe it’s really Danny Rand or if he really is crazy and not who he says. There’s a lot of potential is there but the frustration as a viewer is simple in that it’s actually not hard to prove that this is really Danny. Ask some things only he would know. Check dental records. It’s a simple plot that’s overly complicated.

But, we also learn a bit more about what happened to Danny in a way that’s not a flashback. That feels original in a rather odd way. There’s also his being the “Iron Fist” and a joke about how so many more people think they’re superheroes. Again potential that’s squandered oddly.

But, everything is resolved by the end of the episode as it’s clearer as to what the truth is. In that truth though we learn that Rand’s mission is to defeat the Hand, introduced in the second season of Daredevil and the Meachums may need to use Danny in some way…. though they also want him locked up!? It’s all rather drawn out and silly in a lot of ways.

The second episode’s greatest problem is the fact like the first it has no personality. It doesn’t go over the top with martial arts action or embrace its exploitative aspects. It’s bland, like white bread, and like white bread it’d probably be better as something else. On its own though, Iron Fist again isn’t bad, it’s also just not engaging.

Overall Rating: 6.0