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Iron Fist Review (Spoliers!) 6.5 Out Of 10

Review on Netflix's original series Iron Fist.

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Iron Fist Review

A week before its premiere on Netflix, Iron Fist received a 19% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

People then accused the series of whitewashing the lead character because some audiences wanted an Asian-American to portray Danny Rand.

To make matters worse, lead star, Finn Jones, took to the defensive on Radio Times and attributed the character's archetype as the main reason for the shows poor response.

Jones inferred that the current state of affairs and views toward white-billionaires, especially in the United States, has caused many critics to dislike the series simply out of bias.

Despite the drama surrounding the show, I have taken the time to binge watch the series and provide you with an Iron Fist review.

For a series driven by a martial arts vigilante there is very little combat and when we do get combat the battle scenes are atrocious. There is an obvious disconnect in choreography as it translates from the actor to the screen.

On a positive note, the quality does improve and the fights become more elaborate as the series progresses but it does require a great deal of patients.

The Iron Fist origin elements from the comics are pretty much there but they have been reimagined for a modern day audience. I use the word "reimagined" loosely, because the origin story is all too familiar, "an arrogant billionaire heir (Danny Rand) believed to be dead, reappears alive and well with special skills and ready for vengeance. Sound familiar?

Despite training with monks for 15 years in K'un-Lun (a godlike plain located in a pocket dimension up in the Himalayan Mountains) Rand comes home as Iron Fist still reeling from the death of his parents, unable to control his emotions, ready to reclaim his earthly posessions and deadset on vengeance.

So what really happened with those monks?

Did he not learn anything?

Of the entire cast, Iron Fist is the only member who suffers from a lack of character development. He remains a whiny-irresponsible-man the entire 13 episodes.

He does not serve the Iron Fist persona and only serves his ego. Ultimately failing as the guardian of K'un-Lun.

Personally I like the look of Finn as Rand but he seems to lack the ability to act. I prefer to give him the benefit of the doubt, and blame the source material because there is very little to work with.

In the comics, Iron Fist is a flat two-dimensional character, his vengeance tends to contradict his heroic side, even though, he spared Harold's ( we'll get back to Harold later) life in the original Iron Fist comic book run.

He is wise and quite zen for a teenager in the animated series, Ultimate Spider-man. This cartoon iteration is what I was hoping to see on Netflix.

One of the highlights of the show is Rosario Dawson reprising her connective-tissue role, Claire Temple. Not only do we get a real-life take on all things absurd but we also get Temple involved in more action.

I definitely appreciate Temple as the comic relief and the words-of-wisdom incarnate, when it comes to the bizarre world she has found herself in, yet again.

Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing, Iron Fist's main squeeze, was great. Henwick did a convincing job at portraying a badass-bushido-sensei as she literally destroyed several men twice her size in an illegal cage fight. Later she wielded a sword only to defeat her sensei, Bakuto.

We absolutely deserve more Wing, better yet, a Daughters of the Dragon series, featuring Misty Knight.

Joy and Ward Meachum, siblings, niece and uncle in the comics, do a swell job playing brother and sister. Their chemistry appears organic and real.

Joy and Ward go through the most profound of changes.

Joy goes from likeable and fairly pleasant to more dangerous than her brother.

What makes Joy so much worse is that she's a two-faced person, able to conceal her true intentions.

Her devious actions led to Rand ending up in a mental institution and her actions led to a board members death.

Ward on the other hand learns his true value in the Meachum family and for the most part changes his a-hole tune, by aiding in the downfall of his father.

Harold Meachum was an interesting character. He was literally the reason why his children Joy and Ward were so screwed up and why Iron Fist's parents were dead.

He served as a supernatural element in the series, and owed his resurrection to the Hand.

Throughout the season Harold manipulated his son and Rand. He even went as far as to manipulate the Hand. He was a caculating, coniving-snake to both the villains and hero alike. Orchestrating all this mayham made his death a satisfying one as his own son poetically slayed him down.

Madam Gao makes an appearance and remains a menacing and intimidating figure ,with some tricks of her own, even though she is just a little old lady.

Davos a childhood friend from K'un-Lun comes to take Rand back home. Of course, it doesn't go as planned.

For fans, Davos is a villain in the comic books. It is quite clear that his transformation to villain will take place in season 2 . That is, if there is a season 2, and judging from the critics hatred for the show, it's highly unlikely.

Iron Fist serves up a surprising twist that shakes up the character dynamics. Trust becomes a key issue after the revelation.

Iron Fist, the series, may not be as great as Dardevil, unique as Jessica Jones or as bold as Luke Cage, but it still deserves respect.

It was enjoyable and entertained me enough t see the season through.

It may require some patients, but that patients does payoff.

Iron Fist is at best a 6.5 out of 10! It doesn't deserve the full on hate that critics have branded it with.

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