Published: Sat, March 18, 2017
Life&Culture | By Ted Wilson

Iron Fist joins Netflix's Marvel lineup

Iron Fist joins Netflix's Marvel lineup

As a rule, Netflix dramas aren't tremendously respectful of your time. While waiting for tomorrow, know that you can already have a little preview of what awaits you when viewing the trailer of Iron Fist, on melty. I'm actually rooting for this to happen because I want the complete series of Marvel's Iron Fist to be good and I want Finn Jones to do a good job. With them, it borders on unconscionable.

Finn Jones plays the title character on Netflix's "Marvel's Iron Fist". Danny, who although always was a white American even in the comics, embarrassingly lectures Asians on martial arts. Essaying the character of Danny Rand/Iron Fist is Finn Jones of the Game Of Thrones fame.

But before we get there, we'll need to see Danny's origin story. And if Jones can hardly be blamed for his own casting, he can certainly be blamed for a series of comments over the past month where he seems to have been doing his best to discourage people from watching Iron Fist. (The other three, "Daredevil", "Jessica Jones" and "Luke Cage" will join Iron Fist later this year in "The Defenders", an Avengers-like team up). These are sturdy, basic tropes that Iron Fist somehow screws up, the show playing as if every episode was written by an entirely different staff. Die-hard fans of the series who didn't get a chance to watch it live on The CW will undoubtedly be locking themselves inside their house until they watch that series finale.

Which means that Marvel and Netflix are finally feeling confident they've got it right.

I like him, but Jones is clearly expecting a grilling. I remember halfway through the cage fight scene in episode five I almost passed out. Oh, and she does get condescended to by Danny, who has trained in an extra-dimensional dojo, so he knows far more about fighting and the philosophy behind it than Colleen-a paid professional!-ever could. He's not exactly welcomed back with open arms by his well-heeled childhood chums who've taken over Rand Enterprises: the sibling act of Jessica Stroup as the more sympathetic Joy Meachum and a glowering Tom Pelphrey (Banshee) as brother Ward, a bully in bespoke. She's pretty much a greatest-hits version of the Strong Female Character, all flash but no real development. As is, she's a rudderless cipher, an amateurish approximation of a cool, icy businesswoman. Instead it encapsulates the definitive problems of this torpid series: It's a soulless, un-entertaining nadir for Marvel that has neither the grace nor style to truly bring these characters to life. It's as if the whole thing is improvised by a level-one UCB class who were explicitly told not to be amusing. Neither Jessica Jones nor Luke Cage boasted innovative action - they stayed relevant and ahead-of-the-superhero curve thanks to their sharp social commentary. IRON FIST seems much more a typical superhero show, with Danny's own abilities making him look more like Spiderman without the sass, and his upper crust upbringing not feeling especially unique.

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He also says he's been serving in K'un-Lun as a warrior, and that his role as Iron Fist is to fight The Hand.

Wenham: Well, I think the thing is more from Danny's perspective. But what kind of hellish Stockholm syndrome have we been battered into where that is a reasonable thing to say?

I could talk about the whitewashing on the show that has haunted it since the day it was announced, but that would mean drowning in the sea of uncomfortable cultural appropriation.

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