Despite the reception from sites like Rotten Tomatoes (18 percent), Iron Fist leaves its fans happier than expected. Like many people around the world, I binged the show and enjoyed many things about it despite some glaring problems. With that in mind, I'd like to share the five best and worst things about the show.
What Was Great About 'Iron Fist'?
1. Colleen Wing
Jessica Henwick was phenomenal as Wing and may be the one who benefits the most from this show. Not only was she a great and smooth fighter, she played every role she was given perfectly. Like Luke Cage in Jessica Jones, the fans have been craving more of the Daughter of the Dragon. Hopefully we get her and Misty Knight together sooner than later.
2. A Villain To Hate
As much as you may have hated Ward, he is nothing compared to his father. It's what happens when an abusive parent beats their kid and the kid grows up to do anything the father says. That doesn't exclude how much of jerk Ward was throughout the show, but at least there was someone pulling his strings. The best part of Harold is the twist and turns in the last four or five episodes.
3. Shout-Outs To The Other Defenders
Every show has made mention to the superheroes that came before them, but this one was a lot more blatant — Rosario Dawson reading a letter that was from last name Lucas (Luke Cage's real last name), Jeryn Hogarth coming back, Jessica Jones referenced as the great detective that's better when she's not drinking, and Gao referencing "The Devil of Hell's Kitchen." It gives the faithful watchers something to look forward to and the new watchers something to go back and watch.
4. The Future Of Finn Jones
To call Finn the worst actor in the #Netflix series is like calling Thor the weakest between him, Superman and the Hulk. Finn was still good. And while he wasn't great, I look at his future as a Defender and I am ecstatic. Danny is nothing like the other Defenders and that's a good thing. He is going to be the moral compass and the calm of that team. He's the most level-headed member of the foursome and his personality is going to stand out when the series starts.
5. The Fight Scenes
I popped really hard for a couple of the random #IronFist characters that were mentioned and shown in the series. Iron Fist isn't as popular among non-comic book readers, but the ones who are were gifted with a few major name drops. We were even given one of the Immortal Weapons! It gives me hope that we may see other Immortal Weapons like Fat Cobra or Prince of Orphans.
What Could Have Been Better?
Not every show is perfect, and while this show is good, there were some things that did bother me.
1. Where Was His Costume?
The closest we we got to the Iron Fist costume from the comic were the flashbacks to Danny when he was training. Even then, the colors were backwards. In both the Jessica Jones and Luke Cage series there was a joke or shout-out to the costumes they once wore. I get that this show wasn't meant to be as funny as the other shows, but it would have been nice to at least get his mask or a joke about his booties (his shoes).
2. Writing Joy Out Of The Story
What started out as great progressively got worse. After the first four or five episodes, the plot rendered Joy irrelevant, despite a great beginning. The good news is that the last scene of the show redeems it all!
3. Where Was The Origin Story?
The story of Danny Rand was told and not told all at once. It was done in such a way that you kept having to ask what happened. Also, I'm certain the viewers would have enjoyed seeing Danny training and what the city of K'un-Lun looked like. Yet, all we were given were some broken memories and Danny's mother flying out of a plane multiple times.
4. There Wasn't A Memorable Marvel Villain
While Ward, Harold, and a surprise villain were good, they weren't great. #Marvel has spoiled us with great villains like Loki, Red Skull, Kingpin and Kilgrave. The villains here lacked the charisma and memorable moments of the previously mentioned villains. As the saying goes, a hero is defined by his villains.
5. It's Better If You Don't Binge-Watch
The story moves at a very slow pace. Because of that, the show is difficult to get through in one sitting, which is what a lot of people (like me) did. The pace may be slow, but the story is still excellent. I think if this had been 13 episodes spread along a few months, the show might have been better received.
What did you like and not like about the show? Let me know in the comments below.