Review: Iron Fist Season 1 Episode 2 “Shadow Hawk Takes Flight”

Picking up on a number of aspects from the premiere, this episode of ‘Iron Fist’ provides a more effective take on corporate power, examining the influence money can have over institutions and morality, which works to further vilify the Meachums and their lack of concern for human consequence. These ideas are well founded within in the narrative but are only given a superficial look, as the poor delivery (mostly due to the writing) of the show’s Iron Fist mythology distracts and undermines any greater statement. The characters are also incredibly inconsistent, jumping between paranoid, calm, enraged and concerned. Some of these developments have narrative reasoning but many don’t, like Ward’s initially suggesting giving Rand a lobotomy then further on in the episode saying he doesn’t want anything to do with ‘handling Rand’. This inconsistency makes it hard to connect with the characters, and even though there are some enticing links to a wider mystery as well as the greater MCU, ‘Iron Fist’ as a whole is just not that exciting. Rand is very much restrained by his generic back story, but unfortunately the supporting cast cannot handle the extra pressure with the unlikable Colleen Wing, whose moral high ground and aggressive teaching techniques comes across as preachy and arrogant, unable to provide an engaging B-Story. 6.2/10

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2 thoughts on “Review: Iron Fist Season 1 Episode 2 “Shadow Hawk Takes Flight”

    1. Yeah the show is certainly Marvel’s weakest. So far it’s had some nice tie ins to Daredevil and Jessica Jones so I think it will be required viewing. But certainly a bit of a struggle to get through.

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