If the last episode seemed to be the turning point of the season, it is now clear that this turn happened on both episodes 4 and 5. Now, we’re sure that Davos has the Iron Fist and Danny doesn’t. At the end of the episode, everyone comes together, making alliances clear and finally showing Danny what exactly is he up against.
The very first scene in the episode gives us Davos’ red Iron Fist and his first act as the savior of the world. He saves a man that, then, asks him who he is. With clear pride on his face, Davos replies that he is “The Immortal Iron Fist”. This may or may not have been done on purpose, but considering the fact that this is the season in which Danny completely stopped needing to affirm his position, seeing Davos do it like a teenager who finally got his independence reminds us of how long has Danny come since season one, and just how flawed this makes the new bearer of the Iron Fist.
We are then presented with the first flashback of the episode. Like the others, this is an insight into Davos’ suffering and humiliation having lost the chance to fight Shao-Lao to Danny. As we find out through the episode, Davos has some very unresolved mommy issues that seem to be his biggest motivation to be as obsessed by the Fist as he is. By the way, it would be nice if they further explained what exactly is the deal with Danny and Davos’ father, since he seems to be quite powerful in Kun-Lun.
The club scene is definitely the best action moment of the episode, as Davos shows just how powerful he is now. The scene is later investigated by Misty and Colleen, working together as they should. Their investigative work as they try to find Danny ended up bringing almost everyone together and, consequently, almost every plotline together. First, they meet with Ward, then they find Danny with the gang of teenagers (whose exact role in all of this remains to be seen) and finally arresting Mary and bringing Joy along.
Before the final scene when everyone comes together, and after Bethany fills in for Claire as the Night Nurse, we get some pretty great dialogue from Danny and Ward’s conversation. First, they talk about dragons; in Danny’s case, a literal one, but in Ward’s, metaphorical. Then they speak of how frustrating it can be to not be able to say what you feel for the ones you love. Ward is such a complicated character, is always nice to be reminded that he is on our side.
The script, by the way, does a great job in episode five. Just when we see Danny at his worst, struggling as he never has before, really seeming to have a hard time given to him by someone other than himself, the writers bring in Misty and Ward. They are two powerful allies, and Misty’s confidence and no-nonsense attitude really give us some hope that things are going to get better for team Danny. Misty’s arrival is also what the script needs to connect all the plots and lead us into the second half of the season.
The very final scene brings everyone except Davos together. Danny is wounded and Ward is trying to help him and his sister when Misty and Colleen bring Joy and Mary in. As soon as Joy explains what her plans were and the fact that she was working with Davos all this time, everyone on screen is brought up to speed on what the audience knows has been happening for a while. At this moment, the narrative shifts from everyone trying to figure out what is going on to everyone trying to figure out what to do next and how to stop Davos. And from now on, we know only as much as they do, which is pretty exciting.
4 Triad-Owned Clubs Out Of 5
Once more, Iron Fist season two delivers a great episode, with great writing, acting and directing. And once more we’re left thinking how much has the show improved. Heart of the Dragon is fast-paced, thrilling and leaves us wanting more. Most of the plot has now come together, except for the whole Colleen’s family heirloom and Triad War subplot, that seem a little forgotten at this point. Considering we are officially halfway through the season, we should have gotten at least some other lead on that. But there’s still a lot to happen, and considering the very good script behind this season, it all will most likely make sense by the end.
- Is it just me or is Mary in full-on Walker mode just basically an evil Jessica Jones? A detective, a badass, and a bad temper traumatized by the past. Once more, she is presented as a great option for a villain come season three of JJ.
- Did we just see some serious Ward-Misty chemistry right there? That’s… unexpected, to say the least, but it could work.
- The police code for “possible suspect with abilities” is 616. That is probably a reference to Earth-616, the main Marvel universe in the comics. Seems too much of a coincidence to be an accident. Nice one, Netflix.