Marvel’s Iron Fist Season 1 was generally regarded as terrible (but not quite Inhumans terrible), and many thought that we might not even get a second season of the show. The character appeared on Defenders and Season 2 of Luke Cage, and was noticeably better – which also seems to be the case based on early reviews of Iron Fist Season 2.
The show currently sports a 59% on Rotten Tomatoes with 13 good reviews and 9 bad ones. In comparison to the 19% Season 1 received – that’s pretty great. The “Critics Consensus” reads:
Better action scenes and tighter pacing elevate Iron Fist‘s second season, but it remains a lesser light among MCU shows.
Some of the GOOD Reviews:
Black Nerd Problems: After seeing the first six episodes, this is what I got: the sophomore season is in fact better than its original outing. The fight choreography has had a marked improvement and the flow is significantly more fluid and the cinematography feels smoother.
FILMINK: …Iron Fist is a straight-up chock-socky beat ’em up, and that’s fine.
Vox: A willingness to laugh at itself grounds the show, making it feel more human, especially when so many other parts of it strain so hard to be taken seriously.
SyFy Wire: It doesn’t blow the MCU status quo out of the water, but the action here is capable and entertaining – and they keep the set pieces loose and fun in a way that feels like a good fit for this character and world.
Washington Post: The second season of Netflix’s “Iron Fist” is a swift counterpunch to last year’s weak debut of Marvel’s mystical martial artist.
Some of the BAD Reviews:
Paste Magazine: If you are one of the approximately six people who didn’t groan at the first season of this plodding, dull headache of a property, good news: You will also not hate the second one.
Geeks of Color: The fights lack any excitement, physically or emotionally. There are a couple of fights where it felt like a constant back and forth with a punch, block, repeat.
Vulture: Iron Fist still feels like a show in search of an urgent reason to exist, beyond the obligation to serve as one part of an intellectual property quintet that periodically intersects for team-up mini-series.
AV Club: Its lead character doesn’t deserve top billing, and maybe never will. So until Daughters Of The Dragon becomes a reality, we’ll keep checking out Iron Fist for the rest of the fight card.
Uproxx: Yet drastically improved action sequences…just aren’t enough to salvage Iron Fist, let alone keep general audiences interested.
So there you have it. If you’re interested in keeping up with the Marvel shows, then catch Finn Jones as Danny Rand/Iron Fist on Netflix – currently streaming now.