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Netflix’s ‘Iron Fist’ Review: An Underwhelming But Not Totally Horrible Marvel Cinematic Universe Show

22 Mar 2017 | By Levis Ryan

Finn Jones as Dany Rand/Iron Fist /via IMDB

Iron Fist is the fourth Netflix series based on a Marvel superhero following Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage and it just might be the most underwhelming. I didn’t find the show boring at all but it lack the personality and grit that would get you hooked to a series and leave you binge watching the entire season, which has always been Netflix’s selling point.

The show is based on Danny Rand (Game of Thrones’ Finn Jones), a white billionare who disappears during a plane crash with his parents in the Himalayas when he was 10, and lives out most of his life in the mystical city of K’un-Lun. I stress white because some ‘cultural appropriation’ claims have come up due to the fact that Iron Fist from the comics was Oriental. 

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Iron Fist has a somewhat weak storyline but not one that’s wholly cringe worthy. Danny Rand is a loveable character but doesn’t do much as a kick ass hero. In some fight sequences, he even forgets to use his iron fist and gets his ass handed to him by mere mortals who haven’t had anywhere near his level of training and mastery. 

Jessica Henwick in one of the completely sucky action scenes /via IMDB

The show is ridden with boring action scenes that leave little to be desired. The fight sequences are sluggish and badly choreographed which beats the whole purpose of doing a show based on a kung-fu fighting superhero. Daredevil has awesome fights, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage have compelling characters and some great villains, and even CW shows like The Flash, Supergirl and Arrow wear their comic-book influences on their sleeves. Iron Fist has none of that.

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My favorite character in the show was Joy Meachum, played by 90210 alum Jessica Stroup, which is a big problem because she is neither a superhero nor the main star. When Iron Fist isn’t your favorite character in a show about him, then that speaks volumes about how bland his character development just is. 

Harold Meachum (David Wenham) and Danny Rand (Finn Jones) in a scene /via IMDB

The worst thing about the series is however not the mediocre writing or boring AF fight sequences but the below average antagonist in Harold Meachum. He literally does nothing for almost half of the series but sit in his penthouse spying on Danny and his kids (Joy & Ward Meachum). The big, bad, scary organization that controls him, 'The Hand', also doesn’t live up to the hype created in the first few episodes. 

It’s worth mentioning that Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson), the nurse from Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage also makes an appearance in Iron Fist.

Jessica Henwick, Rosario Dawson, Finn Jones /via IMDB

If I had one word to describe the first season of Iron Fist, it would be underwhelming. It’s not by any means horrible and you won’t feel like you wasted your time by watching it, but Netflix and Marvel could have most certainly done a better job with this very high profile hero! 

Levis Ryan is a writer for KenyaBuzz and an ardent watcher of TV shows. Follow him on Twitter at @LevisRyann and Instagram

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