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“You seem different, you seem settled.” – Luke Cage, S02E10


“You seem different, you seem settled.” – Luke Cage, S02E10


Danny and Colleen in Luke Cage, season 2.

The whole Danny and Luke episode was great! I loved all of their interactions. I'll admit, I wasn't a huge fan of Danny in other iterations, but with just that one episode I grew to like his character! Let's hope other writers were taking notes. Anyway though, it makes me a little sad to think about the fact that Matt (and Jessica I guess) has missed out on all the time for Defenders bonding. I really just want to see them all as a proper, happy team. I realize that's unlikely though!



    This, following up on their pure awesomeness in The Defenders, is just further development of something we’ve been waiting for since these shows were first announced, and it is beautiful. (Though honestly, Luke and Danny could have just had an episode-long meditation session and we still would have freaked out.) In all of the ways that matter, it felt like a Power Man and Iron Fist (pick your era) comic come to life, and that, ultimately, as comics nerds, is why we’re watching. A comic we love, characters we adore, a friendship that brings us massive amounts of joy, is being translated after nearly forty years into live action with perfect casting and writing. Heart of the dragon. Sweet Christmas.


    Not to psychoanalyze, and certainly not to suggest that you need to share our fan opinions, because that would be silly, but when people come right out and tell us they’ve failed to connect with our favorite characters, we can’t resist digging a little– but maybe you just weren’t drawn as much to Danny in pain? Because part of what is so magical about this episode is Danny’s evolution– the indication that he is finally, after all of his suffering, starting to find peace. We can compare this to how Jessica’s stories have been handled in these shows, where she is given nothing but pain with no opportunity for healing. But Danny is moving forward and finding a way to exist in this new world. 


    Danny’s story is one of loss and displacement. In the comics and the MCU, he is compelled to leave his home to confront the demons of his past, thus ending up stranded in a place he no longer feels connected to. In both stories he wants to return to K’un-Lun– this is especially clear in the shows through his frequent references to memories from his home, and his defensiveness about the subject. In the comics and in the show, he arrives on Earth raw and angry and in immense psychological pain. After his revenge quest is settled, Danny has to wait a decade to return to K’un-Lun, and so in the meantime he needs to forge some kind of life in New York. He is able to build this life thanks to his new friends, who support him and give him purpose. In the comics, some early big names in his new family include Colleen and her father, Misty, Jeryn Hogarth (to a degree), Bob Diamond, Alan Cavenaugh, Luke, and D.W. (Jessica enters the picture much later, and is part of his modern-era family.) 

    After Danny finds this support and purpose, he changes. He brightens up, because things no longer seem dark and hopeless, and he can put his parents’ ghosts to rest. He grows into the optimistic, endearing, kinda dorky Danny that most modern comics readers are familiar with. And here in the Netflix shows, having finally found a similar support network and– through Matt’s mission for him at the end of The Defenders– a way of serving as the Iron Fist on Earth, we see that Danny is making the same transformation. The only difference here is that due to the flipping of his revenge quest, Danny arrived cheerful, went dark, and is now returning to the personality we already saw at the beginning of Iron Fist Season 1. And of course happy Danny is the best Danny– as we mentioned, he’s the most recognizable Danny for most comics readers, and he’s the most fun. His upbeatness is one of the reasons we love him, and this is his personality in 95% of his appearances. But that initial period of pain and darkness is also absolutely necessary to his character arc. Danny’s hero career technically starts when he acquires the chi of Shou-Lao, but his origin story isn’t fully complete until he puts aside his desire for murderous revenge and starts actually living his own life. Only then is he able to open himself up to the possibility of being happy again. 


Caption: “You hear laughter as you hit the ground and for a moment, it angers you… After all, you have been made to look the fool So what? It won’t kill a man to look foolish among friends. And you do look… funny.”

Scarfe: “I don’t believe it. I just don’t believe it. The great stone face finally cracks up.”

Marvel Premiere #24 by Chris Claremont, Pat Broderick, and Phil Rache

    You can’t just cut that emotional journey out, because it would sap the power right out of Danny’s origin story. This is not out-of-character-ness, or even a new approach to writing him. This is firmly-established character development. While obviously, since it’s only one episode and it’s not his show, this all only hinted, without an actual look into Danny’s psyche, but we can expect to see this explored further in Iron Fist Season 2. (Cue shameless plug: One of us has an Iron Fist blog right here. All kung fu shenanigans, all the time. Tell your friends, etc. etc.) 

    But let’s talk a bit about the episode itself! There are several details that make us particularly happy, beyond just the general “Aaah look at them, there they are, Luke and Danny, existing in the same space and being best buds, hooooly moley, just like the comics, it’s so beautif–” factor.

    (Whoops, this is getting long. Sorry. Here’s a link…)

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