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Subj: Re: Netflix Iron Fist series getting bad reviews?
Posted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 at 01:30:26 pm EDT (Viewed 89 times)
Reply Subj: Netflix Iron Fist series getting bad reviews?
Posted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 at 02:27:55 pm EST (Viewed 142 times)
uh oh maybe the social justice warriors were right all along? I hope not.
Nope. They were completely wrong.
Yes, there are occasional lapses in their storytelling technique, notably in keeping their characterisations on track. Danny Rand in particular sometimes has reactions and behaves in ways that are absolutely baffling to me, and make little sense in the context of what he's been through in the last 15 Years.
Apart from that, the series is very engaging. The pace IS slow, but that's ok. I like shows that spend some time establishing characters and plots. I don't need infodumps that sacrifice pacing just to get a few more bangs and flashes into an episode.
If there's a problem with this season, I'd say it was lack of focus. With different factions of the Hand, different factions of the Meachum family and a visitor from K'un Lun whose motives are unknown there's just too much going on, too many sidebars. It might have been better if they'd left the Hand until season 2 and kept the Meachum family as the sole bad guys this time out.
The very pleasant surprise of season 1 for me was Colleen Wing. Jessica Henwick absolutlely nails it to the wall. She makes Colleen by turns charming, strong, naïve, resolute, loyal - and a kickass fighter. Everything Danny Rand should have been but doesn't quite achieve. If a 'Daughters of the Dragon' series doesn't happen soon - and at this point I'd rather see that than Defenders - there's no justice in this world.
I can see why the fanboys hate this show. There are few bangs and flashes. The martial arts scenes are quick and understated - the way martial arts actually are - rather than protracted and brutal, and the show requires an investment of time and intelligence that you don't need to have in your armoury of skills for watching The Avengers or the Flash.
I miss the costumes and super villains, but that's a minor quibble.
And I wish they'd made a little more of the actual 'iron fist'. I desperately wanted it to leave a trail when Danny swung a punch, and the addition of a simple sound effect such as is often used in the comics would have added weight to it, given the illusion of a far more powerful force than they showed it to be.
All in all I'd give this show a solid 7/10.
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