Iron Fist unleashes a storm of punches as it transitions into the second act of its first season. The fourth episode featured a couple cool fight sequences and finally moved past the “Is it really Danny Rand?” phase of the character’s journey. Now, the show digs into what Danny’s mission is in New York and how it connects to the broader Marvel/Netflix universe, leading up to this summer’s highly-anticipated team-up miniseries The Defenders.
This batch of reviews features the first episode I hadn’t seen prior to its release, (my review of the first six episodes is here), episode 7. Episode 6 in particular is a pretty cool homage to martial arts homages, courtesy of director and hip hop legend RZA. With the introductions largely taken care of, there is a more propulsive energy to these hours and the themes they explore. There remains interesting nuggets in the show, like how Danny the anti-materialist Buddhist adjusts to being a billionaire businessman and how drug addiction brings low everyone, from the rich to the poor. The show can never commit to making the show about these issues, requiring it to fall back on more tired tropes that we’ve seen in many other superhero films and TV shows.
Check out my individual reviews of the first four episodes here. Click Next to start or click which episode review you’d like to read first: