Friday, March 31, 2017

Round Two: Iron Fist

Iron Fist: Season 1, Episode 2 “Shadow Hawk Takes Flight” (C)

Well, this wasn’t much of an improvement. After a more than shaky and unenthusiastic start, this second episode was quite plodding and only broke through – literally with a punch to a wall – at the end of the episode after 58 minutes of boredom. For how quickly and effectively the Meechums were able to get Danny committed and locked up, it didn’t take much longer for it to become clear to everyone involved that Danny was in fact Danny. His repeated insistence that he is who he says he is doesn’t do him much credit and just make him seem whiny, and I’m glad that people are now starting to finally believing him. The doctor got there with just a quick confirmation of details from Joy, yet he still wanted to classify Danny as crazy, unwilling to believe everything that he said. Ward going to visit and intimidate Colleen after Danny called him was the best possible confirmation that something suspicious was going on that he could have given, and he really doesn’t understand subtlety. I’ve been trying to figure out how I know Ward, and a visit to IMDB reveals that actor Tom Pelphrey played Kurt Bunker on “Banshee,” a far better show than this. Something tells me that, after being put in a mental ward and forced to take medication, Danny might enjoy eating a few of the M and Ms rather than just taking the brown ones out to prove his identity, passing an admittedly clever test set up by the one non-evil member of the Meechum family.

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