Iron Fist’s finale doesn’t enter the dragon, it trips over the finish line

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: In the climatic final battle of a superhero story, a vigilante with parent issues has to decide whether or not to kill his nemesis. I’m going to venture most people reading this have seen a superhero story like that before because I could spend this whole review listing the…

Iron Fist gets better once it admits Danny Rand is the worst

It turns out the biggest problem with Iron Fist wasn’t its so-so action, its lack of a central villain, or even its weak leading performance; it’s the order in which it chose to tell its story. We’re just now, 10 episodes into the series, starting to understand Danny’s relationship to his Iron Fist powers. And while…

Iron Fist raises the question, is Danny Rand the Donald Trump of superheroes?

We’re only three months into Donald Trump’s presidency and it’s already cliché to frame TV and film criticism within the framework of “Trump’s America.” Yet there’s one scene in this episode during which I couldn’t help but think of The Donald. As Joy gets Danny to open up about his time in K’un-Lun, he describes his…

Iron Fist flies over the cuckoo’s nest in a lackluster second episode

There’s a meta moment in “Shadow Hawk Takes Flight” where Harold Meachum sits in front of footage of Danny Rand being interviewed by a psychiatrist. Frustrated, he speaks to the TV: “Ask him where he’s been the past 15 years. Ask him why he’s suddenly come back now.” Harold, I know exactly how you feel. Though Iron…

Iron Fist’s premiere doesn’t make a convincing case for its own existence

“Why does this story need to be told?” That’s the question all writers and directors need to (or at least should) ask themselves before they put pen to paper or shoot a single frame of film. Iron Fist is fighting an uphill battle in that regard, solely because there have been so many similar stories explored in…

UPDATED: Finn Jones says critics just don’t get Iron Fist

Critics have for the most part enjoyed Marvel’s spate of Netflix programming. Rotten Tomatoes is not a perfect judge, but Daredevil ’s two seasons score a combined 87 percent rating, Jessica Jones has a 93 percent, and Luke Cage a 96 percent. And then there’s Iron Fist, which is due out this Friday. Currently the…