Iron Fist is is the latest series in Marvel’s Netflix shared universe and the final piece of the puzzle before the all in Defenders series coming later this year. I loved both seasons of Daredevil and both Jessica Jones and Luke Cage so I was really pumped about this series coming out. I wasn’t incredibly familiar with the character but I knew he got his powers by defeating a dragon in battle so I was really jazzed to see this get really weird and out there.
Firstly I just want to start with the ‘whitewashing’ controversy which I find to be completely ridiculous because there’s a big difference between the racism that is whitewashing and just a potentially missed opportunity. The character of Iron Fist has always been portrayed in the comics as white so it’s not a racist move to cast a white guy. There’s nothing wrong with having an issue with the casting if you don’t think someone’s right for a role and in this case that should be the only argument I feel.
Now onto my thoughts on the series. Iron Fist is about a man, Danny Rand, who returns to New York after 15 years of being presumed dead. When he was 10 years old he was on a plane flying through the Himalayas with his parents when a crash claims the lives of all but himself. Raised in a monetary of monks in the mystical K’un-Lun where he earned the highest honey of becoming the legendary ‘Iron Fist’. Upon returning he realises the corporation his father created and the city are all in turmoil and he may just be the only one who can save everything. I’ll come right out now and say I dug it. I thought it was a pretty good show. I didn’t love it like I did with the other shows but I didn’t think it was terrible like most critics are saying. It definitely doesn’t come equipped out swinging like, Lloyd the other shows. It doesn’t hook you instantly. It takes until nearly half way through the series to really get things going and that’s a bad thing. The first four or five episodes could have been compressed down to about two episodes and it would have made things a lot neater and would have made room for things that were completely left out. The kind of reversed what Luke Cage did. Where Luke Cage started off really strong then started to get a bit weak towards the end, Iron Fist starts off weak then finds its strength at the end.
Along with the slow start for the series I feel like Finn Jones took a few episodes to really find his stride as the character. He wasn’t bad in the beginning (although that’s an unpopular opinion) but it just felt to me like he didn’t know what he was doing with the character. Other than that though every other character came to play in this series. The highlights for me were Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing who is the sidekick/ love interest of Danny Rand who was incredible and captivating every time she was on screen. I also really enjoyed Tom Pelphrey as Ward Meachum who was really interesting as a highly tortured character. The action scenes also got progressively better episode to episode. The fights weren’t quite as raw and jaw dropping as Daredevil but there was some damn impressive choreography going into some of these fights.
Something that was really a shame was that there was never really an origin for the character. There’s a lot of talk about K’un-Lun and what the Iron Fist is supposed to do but they spend maybe 10 or 15 minutes of screen time through the whole series there out of 13 hours. I was waiting and waiting to see the show down between Danny Rand and the dragon and it never came. There was so much that could have been delved into there but so much time was wasted stretchier g out moments that didn’t matter. One of the great things about the other Marvel Netflix shows is that they have long scenes of really intense dialog and it really locks you into the characters but in this show those scenes just weren’t as engaging.
Overall, despite its flaws I really did care about the characters and mission they were on. The writing was at times something that really let the show down and kept it from being something great. I would say if you’re really keen on watching it, stick it out through those first few episodes otherwise I think a lot of people are just going to fall off. I give Iron Fist a 6.5/10
What did you think, have you watched Iron Fist? What did you think? Do you agree with the critics? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading and till next time, take it easy.