8.22.2017

The Living Weapon


Iron Fist is a cool character, but his show was my least favorite of the Marvel Netflix shows so far. The biggest problem was probably that Danny Rand was such a hard character to get behind. It really felt like the writers didn't know what to do with him. Who is he supposed to be? If they wanted to make him the Living Weapon, they should have made him win a fight once in a while. If they wanted to make him naturally gifted but still lacking maturity, they should have made him more charismatic. If they wanted him to be diligent and wise, they should have given him a stronger sense of self-purpose. If they wanted him to be angry and make rash decisions, he should have been more powerful. They tried to make him that lost child but also a highly skilled warrior monk. While this worked for Aang in Avatar, they don't pull it off here.

I think a lot of this comes from the excessive exposition. They could have shown more of his time training in K'un-Lun alongside Davos before throwing him back into NYC to solve the mystery of his parents' murder or stop the Hand. Instead, we just get a confused Danny sitting around and telling people how special he is. It also comes from Danny not really knowing what he wants. Several characters ask him what his goal is and he never really says. If we don't know what he's trying to achieve, it's hard to root for him.

I hate to say it, but there's a good chance I wouldn't have been as critical of the show if there were a lot more (and better) fight scenes. And like I said earler, let Iron Fist win one now and then.

There's a lot of room for improvement here. Hopefully after Defenders, when we finally get around to Iron Fist Season 2 we can realy see Danny step into his power.

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