There has been a lot of discussion about the latest Marvel/Netflix collaboration “Iron Fist”. I was very worried when every review I read about the show said almost the exact same horrible things. While I normally prefer to read a review of the entire series, I also believe that 6 episodes (almost half the series) is more than enough time to establish your characters and hook in the viewer. When time finally arrived for me to watch it for myself, I cracked open a bottle of whiskey to help me get through the difficult chore ahead of me. Five episodes in, I was still sober.
To be clear, this is not an award winning masterpiece of a show, but I wouldn’t call it the worst of the Marvel Netflix-a-verse. It follows the now familiar formula of the others. The hero fights the big bad alongside someone with similar talents in the first half, gets hurt by another bigger-bad, Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson) patches them up, then a final battle where the hero pushes his abilities farther than ever before. If this was among the complaints of other review sites I might have taken their articles more seriously.
The common thread among other reviews is a lack of action. The show does spend a lot more time in the drama aspect of the show but it by no means ignore the action. The earlier fights do suffer from what seems to be a lack of stunt work experience from the actors. The moves are slow and it’s difficult to believe there was any real power in some of the hits. But this doesn’t last long as other, better trained, actors take over the action. This show has what I consider to be one of the best fight sequences among all the Marvel shows (Describing it would be a spoiler). I truly believe that all those reviewers expected a stereotypical Kung-Fu action grindhouse movie every episode. My biggest dilemma now is, do I classify them as clickbait or fake news?
For a full rundown of the show from a group of real experts check out the March 22 episode of Fantastic Forum “The One About Ironfist”.