“Iron Fist”: What went wrong?

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After binge watching “Iron Fist” during an incredibly unproductive evening I felt there was confusion, genuine giddy glee, but mostly just an air of annoyance during the entire unproductive evening.

“Annoyed” is the sum of the viewing experience for Netflix’s portrayal of “Iron Fist,” the newest addition to their “Defenders” silver screen universe. Character inconsistencies, a confused premise, the total lack of powers in this “super hero” television series, and the outright copying of the basic structure of Netflix’s other “Defenders” shows. Suffice to say there were many things to be desired.

This review includes  spoilers, but it must be done in order to properly explain what exactly is wrong with the series. Starting with the first three episodes, which stretch content meant for 1 episodes over the next 3. This is all that happens, Danny returns to New York, he talks to old friends which assumed he was dead, and he attempts to prove that he is Danny Rand.

No real filler content is used, even a fish out of water scene could’ve helped break up the monotony, but they manage to stretch 30 minutes of content to 3 hours through broken up flashbacks with almost no basis, the introduction of depth-less side characters, and fight scenes that are bad on just a technical level.

The characters are written like children, with tantrums and denial either stopping the story in its tracks or as a basis to drive it forward. Actual conflict is replaced by absolutely nothing, nothing but denial and misinformation. Characters are dumb, easily manipulated, easily controlled, and forced into awkward side roles.

Despite this glaring issues, the series still manages to make you care about many of the characters. Especially Danny himself still pulling off a shaky, but otherwise good performance despite the downright awful direction. Relationships still matter; the romance between the two leads though off at times, comes off as genuine.

The glimmers of hope only make it harder to not recommend the series, as I do really would like a better written second season. But it’s not recommended to waste your precious binge watching time, unless you’re set on completion and can stand terrible writing, don’t watch the series.

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