Well, I did it. I watched Iron Fist, despite the poor reviews and problematic things with it. Incidentally, there have been so many other articles about the show's problems as far as "is it whitewashing?" and such things, that I am not going to go into them here (just a really short note for the curious--I actually didn't have a big problem with how culture issues were handled, and I'm usually fairly sensitive to things like that). I'm going to focus just on the story and plot aspects of the show.
I had some serious misgivings going into the show, I will admit. I hadn't seen ANYTHING that was truly positive about it. I mean, the most upbeat review I saw from friends said it was "OK." That didn't exactly inspire confidence. But I figured I'd give it a shot. God knows, I like a lot of other stuff my friends don't.
So, I'll say right off that this wasn't a show like Daredevil, that sucked me right in. It was a slowish start, and there was a lot of talking, walking and talking... But it was interesting enough to hold my interest, and by episode four or five, I was all on board. I actually was quite enjoying it. I had heard some criticism about the choreography, but I didn't really see an issue with it. It's a different fighting style than other shows and so was handled differently. Sometimes I felt the main character, Danny, was a bit too naive, but wrote it off as just him living in a different place for so many years. He wasn't familiar with ruthless NYC. I started off hating Ward, but after a couple episodes, he actually became the character I sympathized with most. Oh, Ward.
Some things hit me strangely, however. When supporting character Colleen started cage fighting, it seemed like there was more to be said about it, that it was important for her character development, but the show just didn't go far enough to show why. And yes, SHOW. There is a lot of talking in this show, lots of things being revealed across desks and walking down streets and halls. I would have liked to see more discovery happening via action and visuals. Some things felt like they were handled a little clumsily, but you know, there were enough positives about the show that I was willing to stick with it. And I wanted to see what would end up happening, really. Like I said, I actually enjoyed it and was willing to overlook its faults. All shows have them, after all, to some degree.