Thoughts On Iron Fist So Far
by Rodney Turner
So I just completed the sixth episode of Marvel’s Iron Fist on Netflix and I am left questioning the pre-release criticism. Sure, the pacing is slow, but it is comparable to the first season of Daredevil. With the exception of David Winham’s creepy and mysterious Harold Meacham, the main cast is firmly developed through independent character arcs.
The big surprise for me was Finn Jones’ Danny Rand/ Iron Fist. Like the Danny of the comics, Jones’ version is delightfully (sometimes comically) out of place; whether it is in the luxury apartment provided to him by Jeri Hogarth (Carrie-Anne Moss reprising her Jessica Jones role.) or during a duel arranged by the Hand. He is also possessed of a warmth and kindness that is missing from the rest of the Defenders roster. This makes him stand out as a character and casts the previous heroes in sharp contrast.
Not surprising is Wai Ching Ho’s performance as Madame Gao. Gao is a character who, in her first appearance in Daredevil, quickly became one of my all-time favorite villains. Wai Ching Ho does not fail to deliver in Iron Fist.
Speaking of villains, the Hand is also back but seems to have been conceived as a proper threat than the generic 80’s ninja band/ Frank Miller fan-wank that made the second half of Daredevil season 2 such a groan fest.
Overall, Iron Fist has so far been an enjoyable ride that successfully blends the best aspects of the Netflix Marvel universe and martial arts cinema. Screw the low Rotten Tomatoes score and give this one a watch.