Review: Iron Fist Season 1

By Anisha Koilpillai

I recently finished watching Iron Fist, and I have quite a few feelings about it. I didn't think it was as good as the other Defenders shows. I still think Daredevil was the best one done. However, I did not think it was as bad as the reviews gave it. There were times when I felt the plot had no direction, or even when the plot unnecessarily sped up. Essentially, I thought they were trying to pack too much into one season. There was a lot of development with some secondary characters that I did not expect, but with how the season ended, I see why this development was important.

 

The Meachum siblings went through more character development than I was expecting.

The Meachum siblings went through more character development than I was expecting.

There were several eye-roll moments though. Colleen and Danny's coupling was cliché, Danny discovering his unbalanced chi affects his iron fist, and Davos going rogue was all pretty expected. At times, I felt like the creators of this show knew they had to live up to the expectations of the other three Defenders shows, but they were pressured by higher-ups to just complete the project so that they could focus on production for The Defenders.

My biggest issue is that they rushed Danny's acceptance back into Rand Enterprises. For roughly 2 episodes, the Meachum siblings refused to accept that Danny was back. But then, Joy Meachum is suddenly accepting that this is Danny Rand, but also states that Danny is no longer their brother. But of course, once Harold insists that Ward lets Danny back in, all is well between them. That is a bit underdeveloped in my opinion. I know that there were only 13 episodes to work with, but I felt that this was an avenue that could have and should have been explored more. There should have been more of a fight on Danny's end to get back into Rand; the fight was not drawn out as I imagined it would. But, of course, I acknowledge the episode constraint and the desire for a more....actionable plot for this first season.

 

 

The Meachum siblings holding a press conference shortly after 'accepting' Danny Rand.

The Meachum siblings holding a press conference shortly after 'accepting' Danny Rand.

Overall, I don't think the show was terrible. It definitely was the worst of the four Defenders series in my opinion. However, I do believe that this was largely because many people are just anticipating The Defenders to finally begin. I'll probably watch a Season Two if it ever happens.

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