TV Review: Marvel’s Iron Fist: Episode 6: Immortal Emerges from Cave (Netflix)

Tensions rise as Rand Enterprises is dealing with issues from within. While Joy tries to maintain control of the situations that plague the company, Ward struggles with his own inner […]

Tensions rise as Rand Enterprises is dealing with issues from within.

While Joy tries to maintain control of the situations that plague the company, Ward struggles with his own inner demons. Despite this, Danny takes action against The Hand, who have invited him into a tournament of death. Will Danny emerge victorious?

While episodes 3 and 5 are cornerstone episodes, this is the episode that actually makes everything begin to fall into place in the most magnificent way plausible. The performances in this episode are consistently great, and the episode is action packed with a lot of martial arts combat and suspense. The plot thickens as Danny investigates deeper and deeper into the Hand, and boy are there revelations that really switch it up for Danny and our protagonists.

The writing by Dwain Worrell is really sharp, and the episode is thematically as on par to Worrell’s skills as a writer. Each scene doesn’t feel like filler and provides a more narrow focus on the plot, such as Danny’s actions, and The Hand’s ulterior motives. There are some surprises that will pull the rug from underneath them in regards to how the episode plays out. Worrell really provides a good balance between each of the characters in this episode, providing everyone significant moments, and hurdles. It’s well paced, and actually a very fast viewing even though it has the same runtime as the other episodes.  The writing accomplishes in advancing the story, making it flow seamlessly from scene to scene.

The most surprisingly executed factor of all is the directing duties by legendary Wu-Tang Clan, member, founder, and director RZA. His prior experience in directing martial arts, films really lends a powerful hand in this episode. The fight choreography really overshadows the fighting from the episodes prior and it actually does a strong job at convincing just how intense Danny’s opponents -as well as himself really are. Despite the martial arts action that is done exceedingly well, it’s how RZA captures relationships between the characters in this episode that makes it surprisingly handled, and pleasingly executed.  This episode lives up to its title “ Immortal emerges from the cave” and ensures that the following episodes will live up to it.

 

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