The Marvel Cinematic Universe is known for valuing fan feedback, and “Iron Fist” Season 2 (September 2018, Netflix) might be the prime example. After a first season that was rushed through production, moved at a snail’s pace, and had fight scenes that were cobbled together in the editing room, Season 2 is a notable improvement. It’s still slow-paced, but the fights are much better, the locations are magnificent, the score boasts a tasty Far East flavor, and several actors give standout performances. Plus, it’s a tidy 10 episodes, rather than the Netflix norm of 13.
“This Is Us” will soon to bring the “people living their lives” genre back to TV, and it seems to feature character/story paths distinct from each other. So I thought it would be a good time to look back at a similar show, “Six Degrees” (2006-07, ABC). The 13-episode series from J.J. Abrams falls halfway between the genres he’s most associated with: It’s a character piece like “Felicity” or “What About Brian,” but it also flirts with bigger ideas like “Lost” or “Fringe” (albeit much more tangentially).