Soundtrack review: Marvel’s Iron Fist (season 2) (Robert Lydecker – 2018)
“Marvel’s Iron Fist”, or simply Iron Fist, is an American web television series created for Netflix by Scott Buck, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. It is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), sharing continuity with the films of the franchise and is the fourth in a series of shows that lead to The Defenders crossover miniseries. The series is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios, with Devilina Productions and showrunner Buck for the first season. Raven Metzner took over as showrunner for the second season. Finn Jones stars as Danny Rand / Iron Fist, a martial arts expert with the ability to call upon a mystical power known as the “Iron Fist”. Jessica Henwick, Tom Pelphrey, Jessica Stroup, and Sacha Dhawan also star, with Ramón Rodríguez, Rosario Dawson and David Wenham joining them for the first season, and Alice Eve being added to the cast in the second. Robert Lydecker wrote the score for this season, taking over from Trevor Morris.
I have not enjoyed the first season of “Iron Fist” at all so I didn’t even bother with the second. The music is a different thing though so I am reviewing it outside the context of the show. The score opens with “Ceremony of the fist” and sounds exactly like you would expect with a title like this: mystical with the chanting and the soft percussion reminiscent of, well, ceremonies. Cues like “Danny trains” help me remember that what bothered me most on the show were the main character and the lack of depth and emotional impact; this reflects in the score for season 2 as well as even the pieces that, by title, should resonate the most with a inspirational or motivational emotion, like “Coleen’s family legacy” or “The dragon within” are quiet and shy. This is not to say that the music is not good, only that it also drowns in the general lack of zest of the show.
What the score does have is a certain spiritual quality with the chanting and the slow burning guitar cues; it’s shallow, as Danny Rand himself, but it’s there. I am enjoying the light music on its own as a background for whatever I am doing, it helps me reflect, think. As a minimalistic melodic music fan there are enough parts of this score that flow nicely and work for me, musically speaking. The action and battle sequences are scored with a fast paced electronic sound that does make me think of fast fists and choreographies. There’s some throat singing as well to deal with the meditative part.
The “Iron fist (season 2)” score works as a nice martial arts composition on its own. There are elements there, like the woodwind and the chanting that even bring a bit of nostalgia for an old martial arts movie fan like myself. It still won’t make me watch the show but at least I have a couple of cues to add to my playlists.
Cue rating: 74 / 100
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