Thursday, March 23, 2017

Iron Fist Season 1 Review

I feel it's been long enough since Iron Fist Season 1 dropped on Netflix. Assuming everyone reading this article watched one, two, maybe three episodes per day in the last week, you've probably finished it. I personally binge watched the entirety of the show on St. Patrick's Day, followed by my Friday Movie in the form of Caddyshack.

After recovering from the physical and emotional strains of binge watching 13 hours of TV and a 97 minute movie, I can say that Iron Fist isn't really as bad as the critics make it out to be. Yes, it starts slower than usual, and at this point you feel they were forcing Claire Temple to be in every single season in some form, whether a recurring role in Daredevil Season 1, a guest appearence in Jessica Jones Season 1, and a recurring role in the next three seasons of Marvel-Netflix TV. However, IGN's Season 1 review referred to Danny Rand's characterization as "inconsistent," and asked "How is the audience supposed to understand, enjoy or empathize with the main protagonist if the show cannot ever figure him out?" 

I'd like to rebuttal this argument and say that this may be the point of Danny's character. He is not very consistent because he was raised by the monks of K'un L'un, starting at the age of ten. It's a harsh life to adjust to at that age, as evidenced by Anakin Skywalker in the prequel trilogy with the Jedi Order (I cite this example because the Jedi are based on Xioalin monks, which are Buddhist, like the Order of the Crane Mother). If he'd been born into it, he'd be more consistent, but from the ages of 10 to 25, he was raised in this harsh environment to be a living weapon. On top of that, he was used to the ultra-privileged life of wealth, which he did not leave willingly. I've seen the character in Ultimate Spider-Man on Disney XD, (voiced by the awesome Greg Cipes) and he willingly went into that lifestyle (and was also a teenage SHIELD agent) as shown in season 2, episode 13 of it, "Journey of the Iron Fist." Imagine if a wealthy ten-year old went from riches-to-rags-and-back-to-riches like that in real life, regardless of the mystical element. 

Overall, Marvel's Iron Fist is not the burning garbage critics make it out to be. Is it a little repetitive of Arrow and other origin stories? Depends on how much you've already seen. If you've seen Arrow and have been watching it since 2012, maybe. I don't watch the Arrowverse shows, so I can't say, but that aside, Iron Fist is worth watching for the plot elements that will lead to The Defenders, and is not only watchable, but fun to watch, and believable too. It's more flawed than the other Marvel-Netflix shows, but will still entertain you, give a different perspective of New York, and make you ready for The Defenders.

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