Iron Fist: Season 1 – 6 Things We Liked & 2 We Didn’t

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The final Defender has arrived! Iron Fist joins Netflix’s library of Marvel Comics shows today, March 17. It’s definitely not the best of the four, but Iron Fist stands on its own as entertaining television. Here are the parts we liked:

1) Finn Jones as Danny Rand

Finn Jones brilliantly portrays the titular character. He gives life to Danny Rand, and is overall a great casting choice, which is to be expected with Marvel. I am used to seeing Finn as Sir Loras Tyrell in Game of Thrones, so I wasn’t sure if I could fully enjoy him here. Needless to say, I shouldn’t he been worried.

2) #ItsAllConnected (MCU Tie-ins)

References galore! I’m sure I didn’t catch all of them, but in just the first six episodes there are plenty. Viewers will also recognize some old faces, such as Rosario Dawson’s Claire Temple and Madam Gao. The Hand, previously introduced in Daredevil, serves as the main antagonist.

3) Action Amazes

Overall, Iron Fist has a fair amount of action. The fights are all the more exciting with Danny’s powers. Great choreography makes the battles easy to follow. Colleen Wing’s badass skills are also featured.

4) Secondary Characters Are Complex

The show is able to give a complexity to each of its characters, while not overdoing it. Throughout the season, there is always just the right balance of storytelling and character building.

5) Tone

Marvel’s Netflix shows are generally dark and almost reminiscent of Zack Snyder’s DC films. While Iron Fist is no comedy, it tends to have a lighter mood than most dramas. This is due to Danny tending to be a chilled dude.

6) Defenders Hype!

If anything, this show will make you even more pumped for the upcoming Defenders miniseries. I can’t wait for Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist to meet each other.

Now, here are the parts we didn’t:

1) Saw That Coming

Every twist, turn, and every plot point was way too obvious. Iron Fist felt like everything you’ve seen before. The show is still watchable, but this issue definitely drags it down. You find yourself mindlessly waiting for scenes to be over because you can guess the next line of dialogue.

2) Origin Story This Ain’t

This was a personal gripe. Lots of comic fans hate origin stories in movies and TV, but I believe they are necessary. That’s why it was a bit annoying to wait so late into the season for a full explanation of Danny’s transformation into the Iron Fist.

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3 thoughts on “Iron Fist: Season 1 – 6 Things We Liked & 2 We Didn’t

  1. I’m on episode 8 and it has taken far too long to get going. What action there is is great but there hasn’t been nearly enough of it. A series about a super martial artist should be full of it but the show seems to have focused on office politics instead! Fists before firms! I’m still giving it a chance but I thought luke cage was going to be the worst of the marvel/Netflix package, it’s looking like I was wrong!

  2. Nice write-up! I definitely agree with your comment about the back story; I think we needed a lot more flashbacks a lot earlier in the show. It would have given us better context for Danny’s character and how he got to where he is.

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