Back in the ‘60s and ‘70s, it was quite common to have a brief written at the start of a book that detailed the hero’s origin. So if you haven’t seen the first season of “Iron Fist” of “The Defenders,” spoiler alert: the origin is about to revealed.
A child named Danny Rand lost his wealthy family and his way in a plane crash in the Himalayas and was soon discovered in the freezing mountains by an obscure group of monks from an interdimensional city named K’un L’un. From this point to his adult years, Danny (played by Finn Jones) trained with these monks to earn the final title and prize of the mystical power called Iron Fist.
If you’re a comic book fan, then Netflix’s “Iron Fist” has floated between a disappointment (Rotten Tomatoes gave the first season a surprising 17 percent) and fascination with how it makes a mystical hero bond with reality in a way that was transformed by Christopher Nolan’s storytelling in “Batman Begins” over 10 years ago.
The series starts off with covering the origin in short flashbacks while Danny returns to claim his father’s high-powered business as an adult, effectively making him the equivalent to a Batman-style character complete with billions of dollars to play with. But Danny leads a modest life and that creates a conundrum.
For martial arts fans, this series is a miss mainly because the style of martial arts used is not believable. But the look and feel of “Iron Fist’s” martial arts make the show unique, and traditionalists will always compare and criticize.
Now that the show has grown a fan base, thanks to the first season and the crossover series “The Defenders,” season two shows real promise. Netflix producers seemed to have learned that the best stories are already written and all that is required is to modify those stories to the screen.
So begins the next season as we learn there are now two Iron Fists: the alter ego of Danny Rand, if one can call it that, since Danny has used little to differentiate his identities (but the fan-favorite comic book mask eventually makes its debut); and his “brother,” a child named Davos (played by Sacha Dhawan) he grew up with while training in that interdimensional city of K’un L’un.
The second season should be a rousing success as the story is as biblical as Cain and Abel. What could be more interesting than that? Well, two brothers holding a grudge against each other while both having dragon tattoos on their chests and glowing fists of power (yellow for Danny and red for Davos) does make it that much more interesting. If the show sounds like a live-action version of Yu-Gi-Oh! it’s not, there are no monsters lurking about.
So, center your chi, “Iron Fist” season two premiers Sept. 7 exclusively on Netflix.