By Farhan C
The Marvel Netflix universe has been far more successful than anyone could’ve anticipated. With their previous shows (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage) all receiving critical praise, people had high expectations for Marvel’s newest show Iron Fist. Unfortunately, for some people, it hasn’t lived up to the hype.
The show currently has an abysmal 18% rating on Rotten Tomatoes as critics have panned the show for its many flaws. Iron Fist stars Finn Jones, Jessica Henwick, Jessica Stroup, Tom Pelphrey, David Wenham, Wai Ching Ho, and Rosario Dawson. It follows a young man named Danny Rand (Jones) who returns to New York after being away for fifteen years, and must now fight against a criminal organization that has corrupted his family business by using a powerful force known as the Iron Fist.
Iron Fist isn’t as bad as the 18 % Rotten Tomatoes rating would have you believe, but it’s the weakest of all the Marvel Netflix series to date. The show spends a considerable amount of time focusing on the corporate aspect of Danny’s life, which is a problem because it’s really boring. For a show that’s titled Iron Fist, you’d think that we would get to see more of Danny using the Iron Fist and not the boring problems that his billion dollar company is having. The show also fails to develop a key plot point that comes up throughout the series. The plot point involves Danny and where he was during the fifteen years that he was missing. The show only doesn’t really take the time to fully show us where he was or what he was doing. Instead we only get to see short snippets and it doesn’t do much to help the viewer understand Danny’s struggle.
Despite Iron Fist’s very noticeable flaws, it’s still has enough redeeming qualities that prevent it from being terrible. All of the performances in the show are very good with Jessica Henwick, who plays Danny Rand friend Colleen Wing, being one of the standouts. Another standout is Wai Ching Ho who reprises her role as Madame Gao from Daredevil, and is very menacing as one of the show’s main antagonists. Along with solid performances, Iron Fist also features some great fight choreography. The fighting sequences in the show are really engaging and often help to make up for the show’s many dull moments.
Overall Iron Fist’s Season 1 was very underwhelming for a Marvel Netflix show considering the other great shows that proceeded it. It’s a show that many people expected to be great, but it wound up just being ok.
Final Score: 6/10