To that end, I thought I would share a quick review about this TV show. I actually finished it some time ago, which has given me a lot of time to reflect on things.
The question becomes am I in line with the critics or did I see something they didn't, and, well, no, I get what people are seeing in this thing.
While Iron Fist is hardly the worst thing in the world, it's still barely just okay. It has its moments. Solid bits. I liked Rosario Dawson's character, as always (though this series relies on her like a crutch), and Madame Gao was a lot of fun. Colleen Wing was performed well, in fact, most of the cast seemed to be doing their best, but the writing just wasn't there.
Who cares about writing, though, if we can get what one might think of when thinking of Iron Fist, the character - namely cool fighting and weird, mystic fun. Neither of which is even remotely present in this series. Maybe it was the budget - this show has lackluster production value - but whatever the reason, whatever the excuse, even by the standards of TV looked awful and had lousy, boring fight scenes.
Lets pause this for a moment. Iron Fist had lame fight scenes. Iron. Fist. Daredevil had better action in spite of the preponderance of hallways! And though the show does have a handful of great moments and bits of actions, it is outweighed by problem after problem.
I'll be honest, I was perfectly willing to overlook a lot. Plot holes are small problems compared to the big things, but it's the big things that Iron Fist most badly flubs. Characters, writing, action, tone, direction - all the things that are essential to any show, Iron Fist misses the mark time after time.
Characters have great actors behind them but transparent plot development and direction. Not a thing happened to any of them that I didn't see coming. Though I liked the Meachums and a couple of other characters, they weren't enough to drive a series.
Writing? Feh. No structure. No insight. No fun.
Action? Lame, often poorly choreographed and shot. Well below the standards of today's television.
Tone? Direction? These are actually Iron Fist's biggest problems. Where Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage all were greatly helped by a solid sense of what kind of show they were, Iron Fist doesn't quite want to be some sort of classic Kung-Fu movie or... I don't even know what. Iron Fist remarkably lacks an identity or sense to drive a story, and suffers endlessly because of it.
I don't mean to come down on this too hard. I watched the whole season and wasn't ever bored enough to stop. There are lots of elements I liked, including Danny Rand himself - though, like every character, the writing does him such a disservice. Yet, by the end of the season I was left horribly unsatisfied and unhappy with the direction of the show and how it turned out.
I was so excited for this one. I thought it could have done so many fun things. And on so many levels, it failed.
I didn't like it. I didn't hate it, either, but I can't, in good conscious, recommend it or say it is good. If you are a big fan of the Netflix Marvel shows and eager to see the next chapter, well, you've probably seen this already. If not, you can skip this one. Don't expect any Defenders hints on this one, so in no way is it some sort of required viewing for continuity purposes. Easily skipped, and probably for the best, if you do so.
Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for my bonus review of Iron Fist! Out shortly! :)