Series Review - Marvel's Iron Fist Season 1

Available on Netflix



Synopsis (IMDB): Danny Rand returns to New York City after being missing for years, trying to reconnect with his past and his families legacy. He fights against the criminal element corrupting his world around him with his incredible kung-fu mastery and ability to summon the awesome power of the fiery Iron Fist.

To say that in the last few weeks this show has been hit with heavy negativity is an understatement. After watching the entire season I have found that while there are some things that I am left scratching my head at on the why with certain things in this season; it is nowhere near what paid critics have complained about. I enjoyed the season and the execution of what they were trying to do in this season. Personally, I think that the fighting sequences in here are done very well. Fighting is a big part of this show and I was a little worried that it wouldn't look good, especially compared to how good the fight sequences in Daredevil have been handled. Finn Jones and Jessica Henwick do a great job as Danny and Colleen respectively. The season does a great job of setting up their partnership/relationship and they work really well together. Another character that I was loving every time she was on screen was Wai Ching Ho otherwise known as Madame Gao. That lady can flat out act and she plays the role of manipulator very well. The character always seems to have everything work out in her favor so much so to the point where at times during the season I was thinking that this was all a setup by her. Rosario Dawson was amazing as always and they even let her get in on the fighting this time around. I am looking forward to Defenders as there is obviously something coming, or at least that's what I got from this season. The season does end on a cliffhanger but I think it's a cliffhanger for Defenders.



As much as I liked the season there are some things that I did not like. One of the first problems I have with this season is the same problem I had with Jessica Jones and that is I don't care about a lot of the characters and their arcs. I really could care less about Joy and Ward Meachum some of their scenes just seemed to drag to me. I don't know if it was just them or the writing of their characters but I felt like they were just unlikable. As the season progressed they tried to make them more redeemable but to me, it didn't work. Another thing and this is probably one of the few things I agree with critics on and that's Danny's gullibility. It gets to epic levels of "bruh have you learned nothing from what happened earlier in the season." Here are the main two things that I have me scratching my head and that is the decision not to show K'un Lun or Shao Lao the Undying. I understand that it is budgetary concerns as it would have cost a lot for a CG dragon but there is a way around that particular concern. They could have animated that sequence and it could have worked. Also, for some reason, they didn't do an origin episode in this season and that's not good in my opinion. Also, not showing K'un Lun was not a good decision in my opinion. Other than that I really didn't have any issues with this season.



For Parents
While it is not as dark as Daredevil and Jessica Jones, it's still not for kids. There is a lot of fighting in this series and violence. There are a few scenes of gore in it and there is foul language. Honestly, I don't think it is TV-MA but those scenes are in there and that's what it's rated. Sorry kids.



Final Verdict
I enjoyed this season. I do acknowledge that it does have its issues but so did the other Marvel Netflix shows. In my opinion, it's a pretty good season despite my issues with some of the writing decisions. I think the action and the chemistry of the main characters make up for those issues. I am looking forward to The Defenders and give this a 4 out of 5 stars. Have you seen the season? Let me know what you thought in the comments and as always thanks for reading.

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