A couple weekends ago, Netflix unveiled its 4th series with Marvel TV, following the adventures of Daredevil (2-seasons worth), Jessica Jones and Luke Cage. Iron Fist is the last character to be introduced before all four appear together this summer in The Defenders.
But there’s a problem: Iron Fist is a hot pile of mess.
I’m not going to review each individual episodes because I don’t have the patience to watch all 13 episodes again, but you can find a good review of the whole show here. You can also go online and read a multitude of other reviews done by people way smarter than I. But I have gripes about the show that I just cant accept.
- You’re Iron Fist. You’ve defeated the dragon Shou Lou and granted the mystical power of the Iron Fist. So then use your damn iron fists, man! Use your powers! What person, when granted with powers to use during a fight, doesn’t use them when in a fight?? For fucks sake…
- Speaking of fights…this show has the worst fight scene since the Incredible Hulk battled Thor in 1988. Again, Iron Fist is supposed to be the king of kung fu in the Marvel universe and instead he comes across as the king of getting his ass kicked. When you’re not distracted by the horrible fight scene editing between Finn Jones, who plays Iron Fist, and his stunt double, then you’re scratching your head wondering why every single person can almost get the better of Iron Fist. I mean, he beat a dragon but cant stop some low-level thug without taking some licks first? What is this?!?!?
- Finally, what is the purpose of Danny Rand/Iron Fist? What the hell is his….his mission? Why is he in New York? Yes, I understand that he wants to be a part of the company his father built. But so what? What do you want to do?!?
Sigh. I’m so frustrated with this show. And yet I have to take a moment and remind myself that, holy-shit, we are seeing an Iron Fist TV series. I mean, compared to what we had when I was a kid in terms of superheros on TV (here’s looking at you, Electric Company Spider-Man), I suppose I shouldn’t be so picky. But when you’re following on two phenomenal seasons of Daredevil, then you have to step up and kick some ass. Especially if the character is supposed to be one bad-ass dude.
Anyway. I’m frustrated. I watched all 13 episodes of the first season and if I had to score the overall season…I would, out of 10, have to give it a 4/10. Sigh. Here’s hoping the Defenders can pull it back in and kick some ass.