Episode 1 & 2
I'm two episodes in and actually really enjoying it.
I get the feeling at the beginning that we were supposed to wonder if he really was crazy or not. I can't imagine a general audience even one unfamiliar with Iron Fist's origin would go for that though as they are now familiar with the superhero origin. It's clear that the budget isn't great and anything K'un L'un related is sparse at best. From reading reviews upthread, that is probably what the series could use the most.
Danny's naivety initially bugged me until I realized that he actually reminded me of someone, Missionary's Kids (MK's). I went to a private Christian university for two years and knew quite a few fellow students who had grown up somewhat sheltered in other countries with American parents. Generally, an accent will tell you that someone would have a slightly different set of references for things and your brain adjusts around it. MK's have perfect American accents due to their parents but have none of the cultural references that so many idioms and other things in general conversation are built from. So while being incredibly bright and actually quite responsible adults, they appear to be less intelligent and somewhat immature.
Thus far, the soundtrack sounds a bit like that of Tron Legacy with the serial numbers scratched off. It's not bad but has a really strong association in my mind.
I like the visual language they are using for the transitions to flashbacks/neurotic episodes even if I do wish the K'un L'un scenes were better.
I like that the fights look effortless for him. It seems more in line with a style of martial arts (possibly Shaolin kung fu?) that uses the opponents' mass and movement against them and only uses strikes when necessary. I'll be curious how this develops especially after regaining the ability to summon the fist.
I kind of like that they are setting the Iron Fist as the natural enemy of the Hand. Has this been done in the comics before or is it something new?
I'm interested and curious to see where it goes. It does look like a bit larger budget would have went a long way for the origin scenes. I would normally be hopeful of more in further episodes but it sounds like those hopes would be in vain.