So this isn’t meant to be a full review or anything I just thought I’d sum up my thoughts on the critically panned Iron Fist show.
After having seen 3 episodes I can say that this show sucks. Not just by Marvel’s standards but just bad in general. Let me give you a run down of the show’s plot. Rich kid Danny Rand and his family were in a plane crash in Himalayas unfortunately Danny was the sole survivor and was probably going to die. Luckily, he was found by Monks and was trained in Martial arts to become the Iron Fist; destined to defeat their sworn enemy know as “The Hand”. You know, the bad guys that have appeared in Daredevil.
Not the deepest backstory out there and it sounds a bit overly ridiculous summarizing it. So years pass and his training his complete and goes back to NYC. He does this to help run his fathers company and reunite with his childhood friends Ward and Joy Meachum, who are coincidentally running the company. And here’s the problem with the show; he’s been presumed dead for 16 years and has no form of identification.
His hair is messed up, his clothes are dirty and worn out and isn’t wearing any shoes. He’s pretty much a hobo and it’s obvious that he did not think any of this stuff through. So pretty much the premise of the first two episodes is that Danny is trying to prove to the Meachums that he is the person that they once knew but the way he’s coming about makes any normal person believe that he’s crazy.
For starters, he breaks into his old home which Joy is coincidentally living there just to see what has changed. Another thing is that he hijacks Wards car (which he’s stated that he doesn’t know how to drive) and points a gun to his head to they can talk. Like what kind of sane person does that? He’s risking his and his supposed friends lives just for a simple conversation.
Even ignoring all of his crazy and unethical actions, Danny was able to prove to them that he was the person who he claims to be but they’re still in denial about. Which I can get but considering this is the same universe where aliens, the hulk, advanced artificial intelligence, gods & magic and the fact that New York is in danger for several times; at some point, you just need to acknowledge that things are possible. Especially considering the fact that their father died and came back to life by the help of The Hand.
Eventually they do come to terms that Danny is telling the truth, but they don’t want him to reveal himself because that would mean that he’s technically the owner of Rand Corp and it would ruin their plans. Which I understand because in a way they’re carrying out a task for a more powerful force even if Joy is unaware of the situation. So their plan was that Danny would sign a contract in which he would get $100 Million if he were to change his name and start a new life. My issue with this is that Joy’s excuse for this is that she wants Danny to move on with his life and stop trying to get involved with the company which is a stupid and idiotic thing to say.
This show is filled with stupid moments and it’s not like any of the characters are likable either. Ward’s just a massive jerk; there’s a flashback where he and the others were kids playing monopoly and he just throws the board on the floor, kicking Danny in the crouch just so he wouldn’t pay up. Colleen Wing (my favorite) who is pretty much the only ally Danny has at the moment has a student who participates in illegal fight clubs in order to help raise money to support his family. Wing disapproves of this because she believes it’s dangerous however later she goes and participates in the event because she needed money to pay rent. Which comes off hypocritical on her part.
Bottom line is that this show is not leaving a good first impression on me. To me it comes off as nothing but build up to “The Defenders” more than anything similar to how “Avengers: Age of Ultron” was pretty much set up to “Captain America: Civil War”. Which isn’t really a bad thing since that was what season 2 of Daredevil was doing was well but if feels like this show was an afterthought, just being made to establish that Iron Fist is a thing and he’s training to fight the hand who are going to be the main antagonist of that team up. From my understanding these first few episodes are considered to be where the show was good before it jumped the shark later on. That doesn’t fill me with much hope.