Episode 7, 8 and 9
I continue to be mystified at how they have chosen to play Danny Rand. At first, he just seemed naive. As I see more episodes, he seems more like some kind of weird, privileged, stoner man child who has bizarre emotional outbursts, like a Rainbow Person who has come back home to mom and dad’s money with huge expectations on the world around them but none of the skills actually needed to benefit it.
I’ve honestly really enjoyed the fights in the Netflix Marvel shows to this point. They’ve tended to highlight each characters’ strengths. The Iron Fist should have pulled out all of those stops as that is his thing. However, every fight continues to be disappointing. The drunken master fight should have been Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon vs. Darth Maul instead we got Obi-Wan vs. Vader with none of the drama of that fight. When the main character is a kung fu character, it’s pretty galling when the fights aren’t any good.
It’s also bizarre how they skirt around Danny’s origin so much. They’ve been dolling it out in pieces and always seem to avoid the, “I plunged my fist into the heart of a dragon.” part. If they’d had a few dollars for a CGI dragon (even a dream sequence-like blurry one), I think it would go a long way in this realm. Either do the origin and K’un Lun or don’t, this odd in between just feels like a budget dodge. Also, the Iron Fist seems to still only work on doors.
Despite my complaints, I really am still enjoying the show and end each episode wanting more. I think the drama is better than the action. Ward Meechum is probably more interesting to me than Danny. I am also really starting to like Colleen especially with the mystery surrounding her and her sensei from the end of the last episode I watched.
I would like an Iron Fist that would seem like a genuine asset to the Defenders but will settle for a series that does some serious set up for the Hand as the big baddies for that series.