I\'ve always loved the Iron Fist character, mostly due his Immortal Iron Fist run, so I obviously come for this show with a fan\'s eyes. One of the best scenes of the show is when Lei-Kung the Thunderer gives Danny a monologue. He says \"do not doubt. doubt is death.\". He turned out to be right, not only about Danny but about the show itself: it\'s in doubt about what it wants to be. What really makes Iron Fist work as a superhero for me is the bizarre Kung Fu. Immortal Iron Fist is the character\'s finest hour because it just turns into Mortal Kombat and Danny has to face all manner of absurd foe. The show does trip up on this: there\'s a lot of focus on the corporate politics and shenanigans, which has never been IF\'s focus (always a subplot at best). But here the corporate shenanigans do work, the Meachums are a fascinating, complex bunch and their interactions are lovely. It\'s also easy to sympathize with Danny\'s quest to reclaim his own name. The problem really is the show sidestepping of the kung fu element. The corporate intrigue was well-done, sure, but the mystic Kung Fu is still missing. The show has an odd reluctance to have flashbacks to Danny\'s time at Kun-Lun, and this is its greatest mistake. Given the primary theme here is Danny being split between NY and Kun-Lun, capitalism and Confucianism, West and East, it is absurd that we don\'t really get any proper introduction to Kun-Lun, its traditions, people and history. We\'re just told about it in oblique background references. What this show needed was to be more overt with its mystic Kung Fu aspect. More flashbacks to Kun-Lun, more mystic martial arts, more people dressed in robes, togas and kimonos rather than leather, jeans and denim. While the Meachums are entertaining, the lack of kung fu in their plot is a bit of an issue. You could have had their security chief be a kung fu master with connections to Kun-Lun or somesuch. Bakuto suffers from the same issue: modernizing. He\'s just a boring dude dressed like a regular person and acting not different from one. His shtick is so down-to-earth that its boring. I want to see ninjas god damn it. The show\'s finest hours are whenever Danny is up against Madam Gao, who is the epitome of \"mystic, magic, mysterious and dangerous\". Despite this thematic indecision, it\'s not a bad show. Danny is a great protagonist, and his romance with Wing is surprisingly well-written. The Meachums are a fantastic Dysfunctional Family and both Harold and Madam Gao are fantastic antagonists. The fight scenes are well-done if badly edited with too many jump cuts, and the plot moves at the smoothest pace of all the Netflix shows, never feeling slow or tired or running out of plot. But still, a very entertaining show. My advice to the show is the same Lei-Kung the Thunderer had for Danny Rand: You are a a living weapon. Drive all other thoughts out of your minds except this. 7/10.
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