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!