So, I have finally finished watching the first season of Iron Fist
. It was ... not good. And enraging because Marvel and Netflix could have been spending their money and time on something that was not terrible
After seeing the first episode, I debated not bothering with the rest, but I have
watched every other MCU thing, and I do want to watch Defenders
, and after it was successful despite the awful reviews I didn't feel too bad about giving it another pair of eyeballs. First time ever I have given the Thumbs Down to a Netflix show I watched all of, though. At least I got a lot of Pokemon hatched while it was on?
Previous Netflix/Marvel co-productions have had their issues - some pacing problems, plus the Hand plot in the second half of Daredevil
Season Two was weak. (That was probably a bad sign given what Iron Fist
is about ...) But they all worked because each of them is about
is about the difference between justice and what various characters are willing to do to protect the society they live in. Jessica Jones
is about rape recovery and personal responsibility. Luke Cage
is about what it means to be a bullet-proof black man in contemporary America.
Meanwhile, this show wants
to be about legacies and traditions and making your own life after you find out the world is not like your parents told you it was. None of that is a bad ideas for an Iron Fist
show. However, none of the parental or quasi-parental relationships in the series have enough weight to make the theme work.( Spoilers about why if anyone cares. )
There was a lot of (justified) criticism about the casting of the lead in this show. I have no idea if Iron Fist
would have been good television if Danny were played by an Asian or biracial actor, but I do know that it might have forced the show to ACTUALLY BE ABOUT SOMETHING other than boring corporate machinations and boring ninjas, and that could only have been a good thing. There were individual scenes and moments I enjoyed, but if I never have to hear about the Rand Corporation or the Hand again I will be happy. (Yeah, I know there is more Hand coming, but fingers crossed it will be enlivened by the interactions between Matt, Jessica, Luke and Danny.)
Still, I have hopes that Danny Rand will work better as a character in an ensemble show. Finn Jones wasn't charismatic enough to make this watchable, but he was far from the worst thing about the show. And unsurprisingly Iron Fist
is getting a new showrunner for Series Two, so maybe they can even turn it around if Raven Metzner has an actual story to tell and not just thirteen episodes to kill before Defenders
At least I enjoyed watching Sacha Dewan? And Jessica Henwick. Please, Netflix, give us Daughters of the Dragon
and put this unfortunate interlude behind us.