Ten episodes into Iron Fist and it’s really bad. By far, the worst of the Marvel Netflix shows. Regardless of whether you think Marvel should have cast an Asian as the lead, the show just isn’t good. The main character is a bumbling man-child who has no idea what he wants or why he’s doing what he’s doing. Too much of the show is taken up with “palace intrigue” in the Rand Corporation, and it’s just boring. I actually love shows that deal with corporate intrigue or go into the nitty-gritty of what a company is like. I actually wish there had been more courtroom scenes in the Daredevil show, but Iron Fist is just boring and doesn’t go anywhere.
All this, the bad plot, the terrible characters, etc could have been forgiven if the action scenes were in any way interesting, but they’re not. Iron Fist, the character, is supposed to be the PREMIERE martial artist in the Marvel Universe. He’s supposed to be the best of the best. Despite everything else about this show, I had high hopes for the action scenes and martial arts choreography, and while they’re not bad, they’re just… boring.
Daredevil’s action scenes had a kind of brutal realism that made them dynamic. Jessica Jones didn’t have that many fight scenes. Luke Cage is super strong and has skin of steel so he didn’t need to rely on finesse and skill. Danny Rand as Iron Fist NEEDS good martial arts choreography and it just doesn’t have it. A couple posts above this one, Kate_Monster reviewed Into the Badlands, a show I’ve also seen, and she’s right, the show is so bad it’s funny. But the one thing that show does well are its fight scenes. They’re amazing and as good as anything you’ll see in a movie like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hero, or anything else on the big screen. By contrast, Iron Fist’s action scenes are boring. They’re not beautiful to watch or really showcase the character’s skills. They’re just… pedestrian.
With three episodes to go, I don’t think this show can recover. I don’t even think the actors are necessarily bad. Finn Jones and the other leads do a credible job, but the material they’re working with is just terrible. I honestly don’t know how Marvel could have dropped the ball this badly.