Thwip! Watch is all about what goes on our screens, namely TV. Whether CW or Fox or NBC or what-have-you, you can be sure that we here at Thwip! have been watching it. Today we are going to talk about Marvel’s Iron Fist.
This first episode is so…charmless.
While Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones each exemplified something of their characters, this Danny Rand is a complete dumbass who you don’t really root for (Colleen Wing, the few minutes we get with her, is awesome though, hope they don’t nerf her too much).
So let’s start with that opening sequence – uninspired (also, the character kicks way more than he punches, which seems kind of stupid for a character named “Iron Fist” but that’s just me). The thing is that with this opening sequence should have popped with color, namely green and yellow.
Anyways, so let’s go on with the rest of the episode.
I do not get what is Danny’s plan…he knows he has been away for awhile (15 years! I am pretty sure after 10 years you get declared dead and shit) and he thinks he can waltz in without any ID and talk to the head of the company? Come on, even a ten year old would have spent a few more minutes explaining what the hell happened to him.
The big problem is that this episode spends way too much time trying to talk to Meachum(s) instead of thinking of an alternative plan.
Basically Danny comes off as an idiot…and then when he starts talking to Joy or Colleen, he feels like a serial rapist, and not in an endearing way (which is a weird thing to say, but I couldn’t figure out how else to phrase it nicely)
The acting is terrible all around (except for Colleen Wing), everyone seems like a pastiche of who they are supposed to be (like the brother and sister seem like Mad Men rejects) and not in a loving way.
That’s the thing, there is no love in this first episode, instead things feel like they are thrown together and they are hoping it will gel (like the Chinatown festivity, seriously? is Chinatown always festive like that? I don’t think so.)
This should have gone full Hong Kong/Golden Harvest style kung-fu with some intelligence…this is why you hire Sammo Hung (whose Martial Law series would have been a good template for Iron Fist) and give him an unlimited budget.
Well…let’s see what the second episode brings!
(also, I hope they give the big bad a good backstory, ’cause his appearance makes no sense)