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Recap / Iron Fist S1E1 "Snow Gives Way"

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The first episode of Iron Fist (2017).

After fifteen years in the Himalaya and thought dead, Danny Rand returns to his home in New York City, only to see that much has changed and proving others that it is really him is not as easy as he thought.

This episode provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Angry Guard Dog: Subverted with Joy's Rottweiler, who gets calmed down by Danny quite easily, despite breaking into her home.
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  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Despite the world they live in, Joy and especially Ward have some serious trouble believing that Danny is who he claims to be. However, Harold is more open to the idea:
    Harold: Stranger things have happened.
  • Book Ends: Big Al introduces himself to Danny while the latter is listening to music under a blooming tree. The episode ends with Danny finding Big Al dead of a drug overdose resting against the base of the same tree.
  • The Bully: As shown in a flashback of Danny, Joy, and Ward playing Monopoly, Ward was this to Danny as a child, constantly picking on him for seemingly no reason other than his father telling him that rules are for pussies. Danny later also mentions a few other times he tormented him. Despite this, Ward tries to gaslight Danny when he brings it up to prove his identity.
  • Call-Back: As if acknowledging the previous Netflix Marvel series, the episode proper kicks off with a hiphop tune despite taking place in a very upmarket and white neighborhood.
    • Doubles as a Mythology Gag; Power Man and Iron Fist were paired in the comics.
  • Continuity Nod: The phone article about the deaths of Danny's parents and the supposed death of Harold Meachum are from the New York Bulletin.
  • Cuckoo Nest: Danny is drugged by Joy and sent to an asylum, where his claims of being Danny Rand will be ignored.
  • Driven to Suicide: Big Al, the friendly hobo Danny meets, apparently commits suicide by overdose.
  • Faking the Dead: Harold Meachum faked dying of cancer years ago for reasons yet unknown.
  • Fan of the Past: Big Al thinks humanity was perfect as hunter-gatherers, not like the so-called advanced, civilized society.
  • Foreshadowing: Harold's remark about Kyle ("Get them while they are young. Give them twice what they are worth; it inspires loyalty") foreshadows the cult like methods the Hand use for recruitment.
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  • Friend to All Living Things: Danny displays an otherwise unused ability to calm a suspicious guard dog.
  • Gangsta Style: One of the men who comes to shoot Danny dead fires his gun this way from a distance.
  • The Man Behind the Man: The supposedly dead Harold Meachum is this for his son Ward.
  • Mythology Gag: That hiphop tune in the opening might well be on Danny's iPod, a neat little nod to how he and Luke Cage are famously bros in the comics.
  • Not Helping Your Case: Danny doesn't seem to get being gone and presumed death for fifteen years and showing up without any proof of who he is makes it hard to believe him. Then he decides to forces his way in and almost kill Ward twice to make him talk.
  • Not Me This Time: Ward thinks that Danny is one of Harold's little secret tests of character. Harold assures him that it's not.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: While being chased by Ward's security guards, Danny picks up a Chinese mask at a festival, which naturally helps him for only a few moments.
  • Product Placement: Apparently K'un-L'un provides its disciples with iPods.
  • Reality Ensues: If you just walk right into a million dollar company looking like a hobo and claiming you are the long lost son of the previous owner, of course everybody is going to be skeptical. Acting extremely aggravated, beating up security guards and breaking into the home of somebody is definitely Not Helping Your Case.
  • Shout-Out: Big Al meets Danny while the latter is meditating under a flowering tree. Like the Buddha.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: While Danny is trying to use the elevator to reach the top executive floors, one of the Rand Corporation employees enters the elevator and then exits on her floor without even noticing the clearly homeless guy literally behind her.
    • On the other hand, played realistically on the streets of New York. A random hippy with no shoes isn't the most normal thing, but, hey, it's New York.
      Danny: That's my building.
      Hot Dog Guy: You should sell it and buy some shoes.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Danny befriends a homeless man named Big Al, and they share two scenes together. When Danny sees him a third time, he's overdosed on drugs.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Ward was apparently trying to gain his father's approval throughout his life.
  • You're Insane!: Ward says this to Danny after seeing him again for the first time in fifteen years.


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