I got really nervous a few weeks ago because the critics were slamming Iron Fist. Generally speaking, they accused the first six episodes of lacking direction, excitement, or any real sense of danger.
Fortunately, I decided to watch it anyway. I’m here to tell you – in regards to the first five episodes, the critics got it wrong.
Let’s be honest, though, all of the Netflix Marvel shows have minor flaws. Generally speaking, they are very good. But, most have pacing issues. It’s my opinion that all of them last three to five episodes too long.
Though Iron Fist is not as socially relevant as Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, or Daredevil, it’s still a lot of fun. Danny Rand (Iron Fist) is not especially tortured, the show takes place so far mostly during the daylight hours, and the plot is pretty straightforward.
I won’t say Finn Jones, who plays Danny Rand/Iron Fist, is the world’s greatest actor, but he definitely wields a charm as the title character that is pretty magnetic. He tends to deliver his lines with the same cadence and inflection no matter what he says, but I can’t tell if that’s signifying his inner peace or if it’s just bad acting. I’m guessing it’s the former. I think it’s interesting that Jones plays Rand rather boyish in a lot of ways. He dresses like a grown up ten-year-old, and he intermittently tosses out a quick “awesome” or “cool” just as a child would. Of course, this makes sense considering the character’s circumstances. However, when it comes time for the action, Jones appears more than capable. I believe at those moments that he is the Iron Fist.
Jessica Henwick’s Colleen Wing is definitely stealing the show. Her subplot feels totally organic to Rand’s and she is just all kinds of cool. So far, nothing about her (or the show) feels forced. This is a good thing. She just gets better and better with each episode.
Joy and Ward Meachum, the brother and sister duo running Danny’s father’s company, at first really annoyed me. I won’t say much about them, but both have grown on me quite a bit. They are far more complicated than I initially expected. They are also far more sympathetic than I originally suspected.
That’s all I want to say for now because I don’t want to spoil anything for you. Though you don’t have to watch the other Netflix Marvel shows to get on board Iron Fist, there are plenty of nuggets to enjoy if you’ve been watching them all.
The critics seem to have it wrong in this case. Iron Fist has interesting characters, a decent plot, lots of great action, actors that play well off of each other, and two very charismatic performances by Finn Jones and Jessica Henwick.
I’m sure there will be a lull before too long, because that just tends to happen with these shows, but so far I have no complaints. If you’ve been on the fence with Iron Fist, I recommend you give it a try!
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