‘Iron Fist’ Episodes 5-7 Reviews: Can I Get A Hand?

Iron Fist
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:

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Sam Flynn

Sam Flynn

Sam is a writer and journalist whose passion for pop culture burns with the fire of a thousand suns and at least three LED lamps.

  • unpaidpundit

    It’s really difficult to take the reviews of “Iron Fist” seriously, given how tainted they are with racial politics. Most of the reviews I have read mention the controversy over having a hero who is a white man trained in Asian martial arts. Interesting that it is politically incorrect for stories about white people to incorporate ideas from non-white cultures. On the other hand, movies about classic European stories like Robin Hood, King Arthur, and the Grimm’s fairy tales MUST include non-white actors, or they are considered “racist.” White people are less than 10% of the human population. White people are the true minority. Can’t white people have our own stories, even if those stories might borrow from other cultures?

    • Samuel Patrick Flynn

      “White people are the true minority. Can’t white people have our own stories, even if those stories might borrow from other cultures?”

      This is great satire!

      • unpaidpundit

        Clearly, you have no idea what you are talking about. White people are less than 10% of the human population. Do you dispute that? There are many, many more far east Asians than white people. Do you dispute that? Several far east Asian countries (China, Japan, South Korea) have substantial film industries, and no quotas for white performers. Do you dispute that? Your astounding ignorance makes your attempts at criticism highly suspect. An ignoramus can not be trusted to have an informed opinion on any form of art or entertainment.

    • Alejandro Castro

      You had me with you until those last 2 sentences.