The Marvel-Netflix superhero shows have given new avenues to explore in the action-drama genre. Daredevil has shown us what it is like to be blind, Jessica Jones to be a survivor, Luke Cage to be poor and result to life of crime, and Iron Fist to be a billionaire who can punch really hard.
In that order, those shows are rated in my book as: okay, good, decent, and bad.
I could ignore all criticisms about how Danny
Rand should had been cast as an American-Asian character who would have given
us an exclusive insight to cultural isolation. The adventures could have been a
bit more comical, and serve as an ice breaker to the other three Marvel-Netflix
shows. But Iron Fist isn't an
adventure. It doesn't explore Asian cultures, and it's not even that fun.
Iron Fist is a white collar drama (pun intended). It shares the same cloth cut from DC's own billionaire superhero (not Batman, the other guy - Green Arrow from the TV series Arrow). The two shows share a lot in common and it isn't even funny. Both kick off with a disaster resulting in both men being stranded far from civilization where they are trained to become kickass warriors before returning home.
The similarities continue on and this first
season of Iron Fist looks like a mashup
of the first two seasons of Arrow, albeit
less interesting and a lot slower. Iron
Fist dwells on issues concerning identity (in a literal sense), and then
proceeds to even more corporate drama.
Daredevil had a lot of really good action scenes and this is what we have come to expect from Iron Fist based on the trailers Netflix was so eager to show us a couple of weeks ago. Yet we don't even get a solid action sequence until after salt starts crusting over our eyelids.
The first two episodes are special yawners. You don't get anything out of them. I never would have imagined that a show that is slower than The Walking Dead could exist, but here it is. The pacing is sluggish as you are introduced to a bunch of characters that make the show a victim of its own exhausting torture.
Iron Fist is just not
fun. It's full of head-scratching moments and cheesy dialogue. But I'm not
saying Iron Fist is a total piece of
shit. It had its moments but provides nothing new on the table. The soundtrack
is mild. The characters are dull. The action sequences are slow and obviously
not as cool as we'd hoped they would be.
If you scour the internet, you will see a lot of people bashing the series and going so far as to call it a comedy - similar to how you'd make fun of really bad B-films. I had thought them a little harsh. But they weren't.
I'm still a few episodes away from the season finale and the way things are, crawling halfway through the series shows a little bit more promise but nowhere near a chance at redemption.
The showrunners of Iron Fist should get it into their heads that they're working on a Marvel-Netflix show and make the best out of the characters and talents they are spending money on.
In the entirety of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Iron Fist is the black sheep.