Over the past year, Netflix has collaborated with Marvel to release more superhero-type shows. Series like Daredevil and Luke Cage have infiltrated the Netflix library. While I’m not the biggest fan of superhero movies or TV series, these were actually pretty decent to watch. The newest Marvel series that I recently got into was Iron Fist and so far…the series has just been god-awful.
Before I can get into the snooze-fest that is Iron Fist, allow me to provide some background to the show. Finn Jones stars as Danny Rand a.k.a the Iron Fist, a martial arts expert who calls upon the power of the Iron Fist. After surviving a terrible plane crash within the Himalayas fifteen years ago, Rand returns to New York City to reclaim his family company Rand Enterprises. When a threat emerges within the city, he must choose between helping his family’s legacy and his personal duties as the Iron Fist.
That’s the quick background, now here’s my first issue with this show: the pacing. Iron Fist’s pacing moves just as slow as a glacier, revealing a tiny bit of detail about Danny Rand’s past within each episode. I know that Danny Rand was taken in by powerful monks within the Himalayas where he gained the Iron Fist, yet I still don’t know exactly HOW he received his powers (speaking of power, his super power seems WEAK compared to the powers of Matt Murdock!). He drops some details of his ‘horrifying’ training that he got from the monks where he was forced to carry buckets of water miles from his campsite.
How else was your training that sadistic? Did they force you to eat a pig heart as a daily meal? Was there some other monk sticking razor-sharp needles into your body? And while we’re on the subject of your trainer, what’s his background story on why he trained you? For the love of god, give me something more terrifying!
Not only is the storyline moving at a snail’s pace, but it’s also downright mundane. Here’s a crucial piece of the story: Danny Rand discovers that Ward is working with another group to ship in -wait for it- HEROIN into New York City. That’s the ‘danger’ that Rand Enterprises is hiding from the city – synthetic heroin being smuggled into The Big Apple. It couldn’t be some dangerous monster from a foreign land, it HAD to be heroin (I guess we needed yet ANOTHER reminder of the heroin epidemic happening here in America!). Even after watching the scene of Ward chasing the dragon in his executive office, I still lost interest in the series.
If I wanted to see the heroin epidemic in action, I could just take a stroll around the Boston Common during the weekday. It’s preposterous that they went political by bringing out the heroin epidemic into the fictional superhero universe. Why couldn’t they draw up something more original than synthetic heroin? This is a superhero series from Marvel, not New Jack City!
Here’s my last problem with the series: the fighting/gore content. For the love of God, the fighting is just TERRIBLE. It looked more like choreographed dance lessons than actual fighting against the enemies. Not only are the fight scenes horrendous, but there’s BARELY any fighting happening at all! Could you also throw in a few torture scenes as well? There’s nothing that’s too sadistic that makes me want to hate Danny’s adversary even more (BTW who the HELL is Danny’s adversary exactly?).
There was one gory scene where Madam Gao impales one of her assistants and sticks him inside the truck that Danny escaped out of. Even after that, I was still growing bored with the childish fights that happen in the series. I’ve seen more gory action on Supernatural and that show is rated TV-14! You know that Iron Fist has to be THAT bad when it has less gory content than Supernatural.
All in all, Iron Fist was a disappointing series to watch. Even after baking up with some Mango Kush before starting an episode, I still grow easily bored and resort to playing Brick Breaker Star on my phone. This series should be renamed to ‘Iron Fisted’ being that watching this dreadful series is like taking an iron fist up your ass (‘Iron Fisted’ would make for a GREAT porn title!). If they picked up the pace, brainstormed a more original plot, and added some more violent/gory content, then I may have gotten more into this series. For now, I hope that the series picks up better with the next season (if they choose to renew it!) so that I don’t get ‘Iron Fisted’ while binge-watching this dull series.