Heartstrikers Book Series By Rachel Aaron Review

When you start a book you usually have one of these reactions:  You can’t put it down, you can’t wait to see what happens next, and if there’s another book in the series, you can’t wait to pick it up and continue the series.  For The Heartstrikers series of books, I had all three reactions every time I started reading, and finishing each of the books.  Sadly, the series isn’t over yet (ugh I need the fourth book so bad, think it’s coming out later this year) but I’m so happy I took a chance on this indi author.  Rachel Aaron is an amazing author, her writing style is so fun and captivating and her characters are just….ugh I love these books!  I wanted to hold off reviewing them individually, because really, each book would have just been me gushing about how much I loved them because they are all amazing.  I found Rachel Aaron through looking for books on Audible, and got recommended the first book in the series:  Nice Dragons Finish Last.  When I heard a preview, I not only fell in love with the audio book narrator, but with the authors voice.  Really quirky, fun world building and characters all around and…ugh I just love these  books so much!  But instead of gushing here, time to gush in the review!



Julius Heartstriker is the only nice dragon in his clan and instead of making waves, he hides from his older, more aggressive siblings to stay out of trouble.  His Mother doesn’t tolerate this anymore and throws him out at the age of 24 into the DFZ  (Detroit Free Zone) and Julius has to figure out how to make it in the world with no money, no street smarts, and trying to avoid being killed in the DFZ because the DFZ is a no-dragons-allowed zone.  There’s a lot more to the series, but that’s the plot of the first book and more or less the series is Julius gets thrown into a situation and gets out of it by being himself, with the help of his BFF Marcy, mage extraordinaire.



I’ve complained in the past about fantasy worlds not having a concrete place they inhabit.  For example, does the story take place in a full fantasy world, or an alternate Earth.  The Heartstrikers series does a wonderful job of both showing, and telling us the world we’re in.  A meteor hit the Earth about a hundred years before our story started, bringing magic back into the world.  Along with magic, we got the reawakening of spirits, dragons, and human mages and they’re all getting used to magic being back in the world.    The series is clearly an urban fantasy dystopia (I know it sounds weird, but it totally works) set in our world.  How can you tell it’s in our Earth’s timeline?  There are super high tech magic-technology phones in use, along with self-driving cars and GPS.  Not only that, but we get characters referencing things like Batman, Super Mario, Star Wars, and a lot of other pop culture references that would be archived in the databases of a post-magic-tech Earth.  Does the narrative tell me that?  Not at all:  but because of how rich the world building is, and how intricate the showing, and telling the world building we see in the books, I can deduce that without even having to be told that somewhere in the narrative.

The magic system is really interesting, and makes tons of sense.  There are different magic systems for how humans, dragons, and spirits use magic and even when it’s being explained (it’s explained a lot through the series, it’s a major over arching plot point) never was I confused.  I read that in the third book the human system of magic confused a few people, but it made perfect sense to me.  And, how the dragons overall work is just really great!  I’ve never read dragon fiction before, but in this series, dragons have a human form and a dragon form and it’s just so fascinating and adds so much to the story.
So yeah, all in all, the best world building I’ve read in a modern fantasy series.  I’m not huge into urban fantasy, and wasn’t aware this was going to be one when reading, but it’s so great.



They’re all perfect~

Ok to go into more detail every character is really fleshed out, human, and interesting.  Even the side characters, even the characters that you know are there just to be offed later.  Any important player in the story is very human, very real, and very loveable.  If they aren’t lovable, you understand their motives and are able to sympathize with them to a degree.  I adore Marcy, who is Julius’ best friend/love interest, and all of Julius’ siblings we see (he has a lot of them, his Mother gets busy) wind up having wonderful storylines and plot motivations and by the third book we see something big is coming together, and I can’t wait to see how it will end for our characters.



I mentioned this in my opening paragraph, but the writing is what got me wanting to read this series.  It’s like reading a sit com, but a really good sit com!  Whitty dialogue, great descriptors, really good pacing.  All around just an amazing job from Rachel Aaron.



The Heartstrikers series ventures to answer this question:  Can a genuinely nice person succeed in a world filled with power hungry, aggressive people, and still stay true to himself and his ideals?  Will doing so change his surroundings for the better?  Along with that, we have plotting dragons, humans and spirits just trying to survive, and the magical future of the world coming to a head.  When you think someone is “the villain” you find out their motivations, and realize what they’re trying to do may not be so bad.  It’s a book series about humanity at its core, what drives us to do things, what makes us stay true to ourselves, and how someone we’ve met by chance (or perhaps by fate dun dun dun) can affect us, for better or worse.
nice Dragons Finish Last, One Good Dragon Deserves Another, and No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished are all amazing reads.  I think there are one or two books left in the series that aren’t out yet –shakes fist- but I anxiously await the next installment of the series because ugh this is so good!  I haven’t been this invested in a book series in a very long time.  If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend you do!  If you have read it, I’d love to talk about it in the comments!

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Iron Fist Episodes 11, 12, and 13 and Final Thoughts

Instead of breaking this down into the different episodes, I’m just going to talk about how I felt about the last three episodes as a whole because honestly they all blur together in my head with what an interesting mess it was.  In the end, we got two big boss showdowns, that both lacked impact, because of the lack of focus in the show.  I enjoyed Colleen’s fights, and her story arc (though I started to wonder why the cage fight plot just was dropped) but adding Danny’s child hood friend to the plot as an “antagonist” and having Joy just suddenly turn evil legit at the very end of the show (why would she want Danny dead?  Everything that happened to her family was Harold’s fault) was really poor plotting.  Ward’s plot mid-way through the series was interesting, but then let’s forget all about him for three episodes and throw in Danny’s man pain so he can come to terms with whatever he was going through.  Was it coming to terms with his parents death?  Coming to terms with what it meant to be both Danny Rand and the Iron Fist?  Figuring out how to live in New York?  All of those and more?  We rush the fight in episode 12 so we can throw Harold in as a phoned in antagonist in episode 13 and it just was all so clunky.  But hey, we got some classic action movie camp by having Danny and Harold’s show down be on a rooftop so…woo?
The “cliffhanger” at the end was so stupid.  Like was it supposed to interest me in the next season?  Because Danny just abandoned Ward and Joy after ruining their company.  I thought Colleen and Danny’s tender moments at the end were nice, and how their relationship resolved was great.
Claire shows up again, yay!  I thought it was super cute that she had one of Luke’s bullet-incrusted shirts at her place.  Ugh can those two get together already please!


Overall, this series was problematic.  Not bad, but just…it was being pulled in so many directions.  Trying to be some large scale character drama, corporate drama, a Marvel show, and an action kung-fu show.  Every time they mentioned something Marvel related like “The incident” (what happened in the Avengers) and Luke, and Daredevil, I just was like oh right this is in the same universe because Iron Fist feels like it’s just 100 percent devoid of anything that makes the Marvel Netflix shows, and the movies great.  It wanted to be dark and gritty, and that made it lack substance.  Every character but Danny was interesting, and when Danny is the main character you have to see in every episode, the show just drags.  Fin Jones is an amazing actor, I had never seen him before this and loved his portrayal  of Danny but the scripts he had to work with were just so lameeee.



I will say in this shows defense, there are a lot of things I’ve seen people criticize that just aren’t true.  I saw a review that said Colleen just leaves the show after her big plot reveal, but that plot resolves gradually through the second half of the series, and was the stronger story in the show.  I also saw a review saying Ward helping Danny in the end was out of the blue, but it wasn’t:  it was subtle, but it was obvious he was going to do it because of everything he had been through with Harold.  The only thing I agree with is the whole Joy plot not making sense.  She has every right to be disillusioned, but to the point of wanting to murder Danny?  She was  a bland unnecessary character, but there were no signs she would ever resort to something like that.


The villains  of this show, other than Madame Gao, are boring.  Probably because the screen time between about four major villains  is prone to make them all have paper thin motives.  They all started interesting, but just spiraled into rawr rawr I’m a badguy time to smaaash to get what’s mine and it got so old so quick.  I will say the plot twist at the end with who really killed Danny’s parents was interesting, didn’t see that coming.



My final thoughts on this series:  Like the characters in the show looking for their identity, so did Marvel’s Iron Fist.  Bouncing from so many genres in the process of 13 episodes, with mish mashed character development, storytelling, and bad pacing didn’t make this a bad watch, but rather a disappointing one.  I don’t think you need to watch this, even if you’re going to watch The Defenders:  it literally contributes nothing to the ongoing plot of the MCNYU other than introducing Danny and Colleen, and Ward and Joy to the fold.  Daredevil season 2 handled The Hand far better than this show did, and in all honesty I don’t see Danny adding anything of note to The Defenders team with this dark, emo, brooding  version of himself.  The whole fun of his relationship with Luke is that he’s the cheery optimistic one, how could you mess this up show!


If you want to get into the Marvel Netflix series, watch Daredevil season 1 or Jessica Jones first.  Then Luke Cage, then just skip this one and wait for the Defenders lol.  But no, in all seriousness:  this show is decent enough to watch.  Just don’t expect much from it.  I call it a popcorn watch because you’re not really going to care one way or another how things turn out story-wise and it’s just entertaining to have on when you have nothing to do (or when you can’t sleep, like when I’ve been watching it XD).


I’m glad I blogged about watching this show, because I wouldn’t have watched it otherwise and enjoyed doing so.  I’ll definitely be doing this for more shows in the future, had loads of fun writing down my thoughts after watching each set of episodes!


Did you watch Iron Fist?  Let me know what you thought in the comments!

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Iron Fist Episodes 8, 9, and 10 Thoughts

Episode 8:

This series of three episodes were all an ongoing storyline so I decided to watch them all in one go.  And, once again, my main complaint about the show is so obvious.  It doesn’t know what type of show it wants to be.  A Corporate drama or a super hero show.  They go to China cuz of course they do and have some really boring fight scenes (seriously, the fight choreography  in the show is so clunky and the worst in any Marvel property imo) and we capture Madame Gao for a bit only to have her start messing with the characters in the next episode.  But hey, Claire is still here for now so at least that’s something.  I stand by Claire and Colleen having their own show, their chemistry on screen is just so great. And love their scenes together.
Other than that, literally nothing new.  Ward and Joy have family drama, Danny acts like a child who wants to smash things, and Claire and Colleen still remain awesome.


Episode 9:

I loved Madame Gao in this episode.  She was great, and her calling Danny a child throughout this series of episodes was just so great because she’s 100 percent right.  I don’t know what possessed whoever wrote this show to write Danny like this, but I’ve seen Iron Fist in other Marvel media and he’s just way better in those.  Is he still a bit bland?  Yes, but he’s not some brooding, emotastic, poor imitation of Batman in those so at least I can get behind him there.  In this, he has temper tantrums, is narrow minded, and just soooo bland.  And why doesn’t he know more about how his powers work as the Iron Fist?  You’d think the monks in the monastery would let him know something as important as he can heal people with his powers.


I also found it amusing that in the last episode he had every opportunity to kill Madame Gao with his powers, but instead he just punches the wall.  Like wth Danny come on!


Harold is back, which I knew he would be!  I wasn’t expecting him to go crazy, but I’m honestly not surprised.  Him starting to manipulate Joy is interesting, but at the same time Joy becoming a random heel turn villain  is so out of the blue and seems pointless at this point (at least that’s where it seems like it’s heading).


This episode honestly made me want the show to be over soon.  No real development for anyone, not even Ward, and it seems like Claire is out of the picture from this point on.  I hope her and Colleen remain bros though, I can’t live without Claireen having a spin off of some kind!


Episode 10:

OK, so I really wasn’t expecting this plot twist.  I mean, I was expecting it because I ran across a spoiler saying it would happen, but there was absolutely no lead up to it other than Madame Gao mentioning Colleen has a secret to hide from Danny.  I’d think Danny would be a liiiittle more reasonable and listen, because I thought Colleen brought up some good points!  Was she wrong, yeah totally, but at least listen to someone you trusted Danny, hear her out!


Danny’s childhood friend popping up wasn’t expected either, along with him having a non-Chinese accent!  Really weird casting choice there.  Another uninspired fight scene, with Joy going more dark side in her scenes, and Ward nowhere to be seen at all.  Can this show be over already?  When the bad guys are making way more sense than the main character, I really think the writing needs to be checked.  Right now, I’m hoping The Hand wins against Danny because of his incompetence.  Let Daredevil actually be the one to defeat them please.


I’m a little worried THAT the Hand is going to be the big bad in The Defenders series.  I’m all for Madame Gao coming back, but this series has really made me dislike them even more than Daredevil season 2 did.  They just make the narrative lack focus to me, and it’s  a lot funner to see our heroes face off against something a bit less broad.  Though I guess at this point, The Hand really is just an over blown drug dealer.



Only 3 episodes left, I can do this!  Here’s hoping the last three episodes are a lot better than these past three!

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Iron Fist Episodes 6 and 7 Thoughts

Episode 6:

There’s my cheesey kung fu movie goodness!  This episode was full of campy tropes:  from flashing back to Sensei to get backstory, to a random warriors gauntlet, full of ridiculous dialogue, this episode was just loads of fun to watch.  Was it ridiculous?  Most definitely.  But it was lots of fun to watch because of it, so no complaints.  We’re starting to touch back upon the identity  discovery theme this show seems to like to sprinkle throughout which only half works for Danny, but nice to see it popping back.
ward steals the show once again, as his story arc starts it’s slow descent into chaos.  I feel so badly for him, I know that feeling of being helpless and utterly trapped in your situation, and he sells it so well.  My heart breaks for him, it’s so difficult to watch him have this nervous breakdown and Joy’s “help” seems like it’s more her wanting to save face.  Seems like she’s a lot more like Harold than one would initially believe, hmmm?


Colleen and Claire have their own mini adventure and I want to see them have a spin off because they’re great together.  Claire saying “Sweet Christmas” was a really cute nod to Luke Cage, and especially made me squeee because I ship Claire and Luke so hard (sorry Jessica Jones, but Luke and Claire is OTP).


Danny, why did you come back to reclaim a company if you’re going to not care about it and run it to the ground?  Are you really that selfish, or just that clueless.  His business savvy is infuriating, and I take back what I said about Joy and Ward being jerks because now Danny is the jerk who is ruining this company for what is seemingly the lolz.  Like he’s so detached from reality it’s not even fun to watch.  It’s better to see super heroes have to function in the real world, but he just dismisses it all to do whatever and it’s one of the things that really detracts from the show.



This show continues to have the same issue I mentioned a few episode’s back, not knowing what type of show it wants to be.  But at the same time, it’s fairly enjoyable.  However, it’s still suffering with it’s multiple plot threads, and lack of focus with character motivations.  But at least we got a good ninja deathmatch out of this episode!


Episode 7:

I guess the show runners figured people would be saying “Doesn’t Colleen run a dojo still?” because we see she’s still running classes.  I thought it was funny because the episode before I had that very question.  It seems like The Hand is gearing up to do something, or the show is trying to work it’s way towards it’s climax in some way because a lot of plots seem like they’re coming to a head.  For the life of me, I can’t really bring myself to care about any of them because the  writing is still paper thin.  Why does Danny want to stop The Hand?  Does he care because they’re doing  bad things, or because he’s Iron Fist.  Any time he may possibly get some depth he starts spouting proverbs and haiku and he really needs to get his act together.
Ward goes crazy in this episode ugh.  I don’t want to spoil anything else because you really need to watch his arc unfurl, but it’s fantastic and the most moving thing on this show.  His final break down in the end of this episode was just so heart breaking, can’t wait to see what happens next for him!
Wasn’t expecting that plot twist to happen at Rand industries with Joy either, I really want to see how she’ll react to what happened.  Have a feeling she’s going to go dark side on us but…honestly, the actress couldn’t sell that for me.  Joy is still a bland character for me, but I’m interested to see how she’ll react to what’s happening at Rand Industries.


Halfway through the show now, and seems like we’re getting some where plot wise.  Not saying I’m excited to see  what’s coming for anyone other than Ward, but will be interested to finish this up and cross my fingers that Danny won’t drag down The Defenders when it happens!


Your Lie in April Episode 1 Thoughts

Time to start this rewatch!  I’ve never rewatched an anime before that wasn’t from my childhood, so this will be interesting.  I thought it would be fun to try and think of my initial thoughts of the episode after watching it the first time, then see how I feel about it now knowing what’s coming.


For episode 1, I think I mainly was interested, but also skeptical.  The pointless overdone “You pervert!” trope happened and I was like ugh not this again, but the rest of the show was interesting enough for me to stay watching.  I knew going in the anime was about music, so being a musician myself I really wanted to give it a shot no matter how wonky I thought it might become at the time.


Upon rewatching, I like Tsubaki a teeny bit more.  I still don’t really like her, but she’s not as annoying as I remember.  Well, not annoying, but I always found her actions pretty selfish throughout the show, but now seeing the amount of foreshadowing put into the first episode in regards to her feelings, it doesn’t bother me so much.  I wish the humor tropes were gone from here, but I  also like them at the same time so no real complaints with that.  Other than that, I enjoyed the episode!  I feel like for this particular show, knowing what’s going to happen detracts a bit from the drama, but it’s still enjoyable to watch to see what things you didn’t notice happening that were going to lead to bigger reveals later on.


I was going to try and watch an episode a day, but that really isn’t’ my style haha.  So what I’ll probably do, is catch up with the show on the weekend, watching the next four episodes for this week one day and the next five for the next week on Sunday.  What can I say, I’m just a binge watcher at heart 😀


I’m glad to see this show still is enjoyable upon second watching. Music is still fantastic, and loving the journey faster than I did before because I know what will be happening.  So instead of one episode a day posts I’ll just write my general thoughts on the five episodes I watched for the week over here~


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Iron Fist Episodes 4 and 5 Thoughts

Episode 4:

Ok, so I was right!  It only took til episode 4 to get all this mess taken care of, and for Danny to get his company back…only to instantly start screwing everything up.  Seriously, Danny, how stupid are you?


Ward gets infinitely more interesting than Danny in this episode, as his character arc begins.  Why we needed a 3 and a half episode span of setup, I don’t know, but at least the show is finally getting interesting.  I really loved Ward and Joy’s tender moment in this episode, and how they’ve started to slowly accept Danny back into their lives.  The scene at the beginning with Danny and Harold was good too, but of course we know Harold is up to no good~
I liked seeing Ward warn Danny too, and Harold being stone cold later in the episode.  Earlier in the episode I was asking myself if Harold really loved his kids, and I think he does in his own warped way after what he did to the person who punched Joy.  I also love how specific the fight choreography  has to get to get thugs to attack Danny’s hand so we can see how awesome (not) the power of the Iron Fist truly is!


Fun little name drops in this episode, by mentioning Daredevil.  Another one I almost missed, the news reporter name dropping Karen!


All in all, a good episode.  I feel like the show is finally beginning to begin here.
Episode 5:

Ward is so good in this one ugh.  Like when Danny gave him the packet of drugs I just was like “Don’t take the drugs, don’t take the drugs!” every time he eyed it throughout the episode.  That final scene with him and Joy broke my heart, he’s quickly becoming my favorite character.  I love how he tries to rebel against Harold also (that flipping off the cameras scene was so funny), just classic and really makes the character unique.


Aaand there’s Claire Temple!  What a waste of your Claire Temple!  I’ll admit, I loved that we got the sense that her and Coleen were total bros already, and I’m wondering how long Claire has been taking self-defense lessons.  I’m guessing for a few months, but not sure when the end of Luke Cage and this line up timeline-wise.  Throw in a really forced injury to a character, and we have one of her famous impromptu  “surgeries” and her classic call to action speech.  I love Rosario Dawson so any reason to have Claire in an episode doesn’t bother me but still utilize your reoccurring character a bit better ok.
Looks like Coleen and Danny are in this together, with some forced romantic chemistry!  I’m anxiously waiting for this to hit the fan hard, doesn’t seem like it’ll end well~
These two episodes got me a lot more engaged in the show honestly.  After the whole court drama in the first three, it was nice to just have some campy semi-over the top action sequences, interesting character development for Ward, and a big bad to face.  Fingers crossed Madame Gao and Danny face off later in the show, I’d love to see that given how much of a presence  she has in this series in particular.


Entertaining quote from episode 5:

Lackey:  He punched through the truck with his hand.

Madame Gao:  His hand, do you mean…his fist?

Dun dun duuuun those are the same thing I mean I get what you’re trying to do but that line is just silly and not at all suspenseful.

Any time Harold takes a pill the audio description says it’s green liquid and now I am just so curious:  Is it booz?  Hi-C?  Fruit juice?  The world may never know~

I’m also curious to know if the pills he’s taking are The Hand related, like are they what is keeping him alive?


That’s all I got for these episodes.  I’m happy the show is embracing it’s campy 80s action flick roots and am hoping for a lot more camp in the future!

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Iron Fist Episode 3 Thoughts

This show is so frustrating because it has so many interesting ideas, but just tries to do all of them at once.  Does it want to be a court drama?  An action show?  A mystery?  Because episode 3 was all three of those things to varying success.  I like what I’ve taken to calling the Marvel Cinematic New York Universe (MCNYU) just fine, but Iron Fist is trying entirely too hard to be its own thing, while trying to fit into the MCNYU and it shows.
I liked seeing the connection of how small this Universe is by having Jerry, who has been in Jessica Jones, and Daredevil pop up.  My problem with that was how they just sort of threw a reason in for her to know Danny.  “Your Dad gave me my first job!  Let’s do dis” when Danny could have just gone to her, said, “I’m Danny Rand and I have a case for you” and that could have made sense too.  Would it have been as believable?  Probably, since we’re dealing with a universe full of super heroes.  I kid though:  really, I just wanted more of an explanation than I knew you once forever ago!  It just added to the paper thin world building Iron Fist has already had.
The entire episode, I kept on internally shouting just get a DNA test already!  So when that reveal happened at the end I was like finally!  The first piece of good writing in this show.  Also Danny trying to teach the kids how to properly fight in the dojo made me lol, because when Coleen was like “This place is a safe space for them to not be beaten up” I was just like but it’s a dojo they should be learning martial arts I 100 percent agree with Danny here.
That restaurant scene with Joy and Ward ugh…why are they being so jerky?  Like I get wanting to hold onto something you’ve worked hard for, but the lengths they are going to completely erase Danny from existence is really pissing me off.  They aren’t very likable characters you can empathize with either, so they just rub me the wrong way and I hope they get what’s coming to them.


A theme the show has been tackling I find interesting, is what makes family?  What makes you, you?  Joy and Ward are both jerks who are trying to hold on to something they built, but it wasn’t there’s in the first place.  Meanwhile, Danny is just trying to find his sense of self, which is tied to this company, and to them, but they keep on denying it, in a way denying part of their identity.  Is either mindset wrong?  Saying Joy and Ward are jerks is easy (and I honestly think they are being entirely too stubborn and narrow minded) but is it so wrong to want to hold on to something you’ve worked for your entire life, even if it isn’t rightfully yours?  This plot seems like it will be coming to a head soon, and I’m really curious to see where it’s going to go.  Ward’s internal crisis was 100 percent predictable, but I still really want to see where his character arc is going to go.


I like the layers Harold is getting also, like what crap did he get into with Madame Gao?  They tried to hide her in the shadows, but I know that voice!  I love Madame Gao in Daredevil so I’m really excited to see her face off with Danny later (I hope).  I’m also waiting for the eventual Claire Temple cameo, because I freaking love her and if we’re getting cameos from other shows she better pop up soon.


I’m guessing this reclaim Rand Industries plot is going to end soon, because I can’t see it carrying past episode 5 or 6. We’ll see if I’m wrong.  If I remember correctly Danny has this company in the comics, so it’s inevitable he’ll get the company back:  Just a matter of when.
The show is trying to give Coleen a plot but…her novelty is wearing off on me.  Misty was an actual layered character, who’s interactions with Luke made sense.  With Danny and Coleen, I can’t tell if it’s just because it feels like they’re trying to push a romantic relationship or what, but their chemistry doesn’t gel with me, and this new story arc they’re going to give her seems like it’ll be boring.  Or resolve quickly, we’ll see which happens first.


Only entertaining audio description note in this one to me was:

In the cage fighting scene when it opens, they call one of the fighters Tank Top, like it’s his given name the entire time and I was like looool.


So once again, an episode that was passable, but not really…interesting?  It sort of was?  I still have such mixed feelings about this show.  The best way I can describe it right now is Luke Cage light:  It feels like it’s trying to be grounded in reality, but at the same time not and without a cast of likeable characters to carry this, like Luke Cage had its falling flat.  Plus, the lack of fight scenes, and when the fight scenes do happen, they are so uninspired.  Luke Cage had way better fight scenes, and he’s not half as nimble as Danny is supposed to be!
On that note, the Iron Fist powers turning on and off like a light bulb is so strange.  What’s the deal, does he have full control of it, or not.  Does he need the power of friendship to have full control?  Maybe a strong sense of self?  Does it just activate when he’s in super perilous situations?  I need answers, stop being convoluted show!
Ugh I told myself these would be short posts, but here’s another long one XD if you’ve watched episode 3, would love to hear your thoughts!

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Iron Fist First Impressions – Episodes 1 and 2

I thought it would be fun to do episode reviews/impressions on shows I’m watching, along the same lines as I see on anime review blogs.  I’ll be doing this for anime as well, but figured I’d start off with a show I’ve been hesitant to watch and have been watching slowly, Marvel’s Iron Fist on Netflix!


I was pretty hesitant of this show going in.  I love the other three Marvel Netflix shows, but Iron Fist has never been a character that really has interested me.  The only reason I even paid attention to him is because he’s partnered with Luke Cage in Heroes for Hire, who I love, but other than that I’ve never thought he could hold his own in a standalone series.  Does that stand true?
So far…I have mixed feelings.  Episode 1 was a slow pace, even as first episodes go.  Mainly, we got introduced to Danny’s circumstances, his childhood friends, and new (and awesome) character Colleen Wing, who follows the trend Misty Night started by being a badass, no power wielding female lead in these series.  Some cool enough (all be it uninspired) fight scenes take place, we set up the possible villains  for the series, then said villains  throw Danny in a situation he has to get out of (trying to avoid spoilers, fairly new series) end of episode 1.  Was interesting enough, but not enough to majorly grab me.
Episode 2 starts where episode 1 left off, with Danny in said predicament.  I have to say, this episode did a lot more to engage me in the story.  A major thing that frustrated me was no one believing Danny was Danny due to his assumed death, but no one really played an active role in trying to figure out the truth until this episode.  It was a lot easier to watch things unfold with Danny having people on his side, but then when he started talking about Iron Fist being the sworn enemy of the Hand I just went, “Oh no, not the bad guys who ruined Daredevil season 2!”.  Like seriously do not like The Hand as a big bad, the blandest  evil organization ever.  I’m hoping with Danny having the power of the Iron Fist, we’ll get some interesting battles and backstory about The Hand but oy fingers crossed they don’t muck up this show by just being there.
One thing I like is that The Hand and Iron Fist have a pre-existing relationship, which wasn’t the case in Daredevil.  I think just that alone will make The Hand be a more interesting villain, and the fact that the two businessmen who I thought would be the villains  may not be all that they seem is intriguing.  Especially the one who wants to keep Danny safe, and has something to do with The Hand already.  All in all, episode 2 did slightly better in engaging me in wanting to watch the rest of the show, but not sure how much that’s saying considering it’s been a week since I watched episode 1.


That’s basically my first impressions on Iron Fist!  Not good, but not terrible.  In all honesty though, if The Defenders miniseries wasn’t going to be coming out, I’d be skipping this series XD


This review is 100 percent a train of thought type of thing, I just finished watching episode 2.  I’ll probably be writing more of these as I watch the show, but not sure how frequently I’ll be watching it.  Hope you got just a little something out of my ramblyness XD


Some entertaining notes while watching with audio description on:

They kept on mentioning Danny having “a digital MP3 player” in episode 1, then later mention him messing with the wheell on it – so it’s more than likely an old iPod Nano, which I don’t think is that old?  Or perhaps I’m just too old XD when I figured out it was an iPod Nano I was like dang don’t make me feel ancient audio description script!
“A bramble of blond hair” is the best description I’ve ever heard for someone with blond curly hair.

I really like how the Marvel Netflix shows in general use body language to portray the emotions of characters, I think it adds an extra layer to them.  Also like how precise  the scripting is when this happens.

Don’t think there are any other entertaining descriptions, but with audio description sometimes how they describe things just makes me laugh.  If you’d like to try it out and have Netflix, go to the audio description section at the bottom of each page, and there’s a list of shows that have it.  The catalog has grown quite a bit, and every Netflix original has it from the get go, which is nice!


Aaaand I’ve written a lot longer about this than I wanted to, so much for this being a quick, short post XD that is all, Crystal out!