Structured to separate the party at Danny and Colleen’s place that ended the previous episode, The Dragon Dies at Dawn sees three different teams share its screen time: Danny/Walker, Misty/Colleen and Ward/Joy.

Danny’s plan to try and talk Davos down and convince him to stop all of this is immature, to say the least. Sounds a lot more like season one Danny than the new, much less silly and annoying lead this show has gotten. A bad choice that’s not only worse than Misty deciding to go with Colleen to find the Crane Sisters and leaving Walke and Joy with Ward and a Fistless, wounded Danny.

Those bad decisions are soon forgotten, though, when we get to that awesome scene in the tattoo parlor. After some pretty Daughters-of-the-Dragon-teasing conversation in the car, the duo does what they do best and go for a badass fight with the Crane Sisters. While Misty runs after the one who ran away with the ceremonial needles, Colleen is left behind to fight the rest of them. And oh, boy, what a fight. We are constantly reminded, during this scene, how much of a great warrior she is, and how worthy of the role Jessica Henwick is. There’s no disliking this scene, with the team-up and the (finally) great fight choreography. That’s all we wanted.

Meanwhile, the obvious happens and Walker sets herself free the minute Misty is out the door. She and Danny reach an agreement that involves her getting a lump sum of money while helping him capture his foe. The two leave the place and go try to ambush Davos, while Joy and Ward are finally left alone. This is another scene that shows how good dialogue has been this season, as brother and sister finally talk about their issues with each other. Ward points out to Joy what we’ve all been thinking, that blaming Danny for what happened to her makes no sense, to which she replies she’s doing to him what she could never do to Ward or their father. As the two argue over how they feel about what was done to them, we get a glimpse of just how much abusive parents can destroy their children’s’ lives.

This sixth episode of the season highlights some pretty great character development done so far. First, Misty doesn’t seem bothered by the ceremonial magic weirdness at all, and nowadays a ritual to make a tattoo using blood and burned skin is just another Tuesday for her. Walker revealing herself as a mercenary rather than a baddie in itself is also another way for us to get to know her character amidst all of this, and one that makes her look even more dangerous. And finally Ward, whose efforts to fix his life and his relationships and to come to terms with his sister seem genuine and make us root for him to get better.

During all this time, Davos is going about his plan to end the Triad War and eliminate as many criminals as possible in the process. When Danny and Walker finally get to him, he has a discussion with the now former Iron Fist that shows two approaches to dealing with the responsibility to protect. Such dialogue could apply to many aspects of society and pits two schools of thought against each other in another good moment of the script.

They manage to reach their goal and sedate Davos, but not before he breaks Danny’s leg, once more putting him in pretty bad shape. It has been a pretty rough season for Danny, which is made worse when Walker transitions back to regular Mary, shy and introspective as always. She flees as the ambulance arrives for Danny, and never makes the call for Colleen and Misty to come and pick sedated Davos up. Why he couldn’t make the call himself using someone else’s phone is beyond me, but the fact is that soon Davos will wake up and run away, and Danny will have had a broken leg for nothing.

 

VERDICT

3.5 ceremonial needles out of 5

Although not as thrilling and intense as the previous two, this episode managed to deliver some pretty good dialogue and an amazing Daughters of the Dragon fight scene. It deepened relationships and finally put Danny and Davos face to face again. A bit slow at first, it picks up near the end and gives some scenes a much needed depth. The Dragon Dies at Dawn may not continue the episode-after-episode improvement streak of the season, but it still is solid enough to keep the momentum going.

 

ONE-SHOTS

  • During his struggle with Walker after the surprise attack, Davos managed to light up both his fists for a brief moment. Thats is something Danny never did before, and certainly something we’d love to see. Maybe he’ll learn the trick till the end of the season?
  • Alice Eve shows her talents once more, as she transitions from one personality to another, and seeing her change so convincingly and so fast is really impressive.
  • Well, Danny, that’s what you get when you go out alone with the least stable person in the group. That was a pretty bad idea from the start.
  • After the discussion, Joy just left and Ward was no longer there when Misty and Colleen arrived at the apartment. How did the conversation with his sister affect him? Could Ward fall out of the wagon because of it?