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Iron Fist is not a bad show and is not the first failure of Marvel and Netflix's joint venture. It's just that Iron Fist is the first project where the lead's casting hasn't been a universally praised slam dunk.
Danny's not particularly likable -- he annoyingly mansplains kung fu to sword-wielding sensei Colleen Wing, who regularly saves his behind -- and he, like many of the main players, is undermined by poor characterization.
Unlike the equally arrogant Tony Stark, Bruce Wayne or Stephen Strange, Danny has no redeeming features; the audience is given no reason to like this unfunny hero -- we're just expected to because he's the titular character.
Iron Fist's decided unwokeness is notable, particularly when Danny lectures Colleen, who is of East Asian descent, on the right way to channel her internal force. But it's just one of a list of flaws, with Jones's miscasting the most obvious issue.
The sad thing, and perhaps the hopeful thing, about the dawdling featurelessness of the early episodes is that you can see a better show struggling to get out..Until we see the full season, we won't know whether the show manages to focus its chi.
If you love Netflix's previous Marvel adaptations, Iron Fist probably will feel like homework in advance of The Defenders. The pacing is reminiscent of the leisurely vibe of the 1970s series Kung Fu, to which it has some obvious parallels.
Iron Fist's hero can't seem to muster any inner turmoil beyond the occasional harshed vibe. There doesn't seem to be much of anything going on his skull. His mystic Zen quotes go over like a Wayne's World set-up minus the punch line.
Marvel's Iron Fist isn't just the wimpiest punch ever thrown by the world's mightiest superhero factory. The new Netflix binge swings and misses so bad that it spins itself around and slaps itself silly with a weirdly flaccid hand.
The series does little to transcend the halfhearted rock-'em-sock-'em action... (it) just adheres to the formula, hitting familiar beats and telling the all-too-familiar story of the prodigal, presumed dead son.
It may have seemed fine to crank out another Marvel Netflix show that feels like the brand's past outings, but the critical drubbing that Iron Fist has received is in no small part due to the fact that it's so stale and unoriginal.
It takes forever for anything to happen on Iron Fist, and as it stumbles along, the uninspired production design, unexceptional cinematography, and painful dialogue fail to distract the viewer from the overall lack of depth, detail, or momentum.
It's unclear if Jones' lack of physical authority is dampening Iron Fist's ability to be an action show or if Iron Fist's lack of interest in being an action show has negated Jones' ability to display physical authority.