Iron Fist Review

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Iron Fist Review

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Marvel’s new Netflix series “Iron Fist” received a lot of critical reviews for its boring and overused premise. The main character, Danny Rand (Finn Jones) was the son of a billionaire, and after a trip to a foreign land, he returned home to fight evil with his newly found skills in martial arts which sounds a lot like Green Arrow, Batman and Doctor Strange. Hence the overused premise of rich man meets the wilderness that is a foreign country and returns home to become a crime-fighting vigilante.

“Iron Fist” did not bring anything new to the table and had an incredibly slow start. The biggest problem about the show which most critics can agree about is Danny Rand, the main character himself. “Iron Fist” was the fourth series to come out before the release of the “Defenders” which will be a Marvel team up of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist who all have their own respective series. Rand differed from the main protagonist of every other show in that he simply came out as an entitled rich guy who did nothing but preach. In “Daredevil”, Matt Murdock struggled with his morality and religion, Luke Cage struggled with black prejudice in modern America and Jessica Jones struggled with alcoholism and an abusive past. Meanwhile, Rand came back to reclaim a multi-billion dollar company and preach about his beliefs of right and wrong which came out as very naïve. For the most part, Rand is flawed and underdeveloped leaving audience members asking why they should care about a man who essentially did nothing to earn his gifts in martial arts and the billion dollar company with his name on it. It is the supporting characters who urge audiences to stay.

Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick) was a consistently strong character in the series. Her charisma gave the impression that she could have her own standalone series. Wing had some of the best fighting scenes in the show. Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson) was a reoccurring loved character in the Marvel Universe. She was a pillar for the reckless heroes as the doctor that ultimately patched them up all the while bringing additional humor to a show that needed it.

“Iron Fist” was not a complete mess with loved supporting characters and good moments that made it worthwhile. The biggest problem right next to an annoying main character was the very confused plot line. The show wants to be a lot of things and some moments you may be led to believe it is a classic office drama until you are thrown for a whirl when suddenly Rand started using his super amazing foreign kung-fu to fight mystical ninjas. Eventually in between the identity crisis and emotional outbursts, “Iron Fist” does pull itself together and you find yourself unable to turn off the TV.

“Iron Fist” honestly is not as bad as most critics and I have pegged it off to be, and for anyone bored on a weekend and ready to binge watch a fairly satisfying Superhero Series, “Iron Fist” would be a good show for you.

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