I finished Iron Fist a week after it came out. I obviously waited a while to write this. I waited because I thought I needed to formulate a good review. But now I've come to the realization that I was looking for a way to excuse my Marvel fan-boy attitude. It's no secret that I get very geeked out about all things Marvel. I started at age 7, when I was introduced to comics (a love affair that has never really ended). When the X-Men movie came out, I was psyched (and a little let down). Then the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe thing happened and I was overjoyed. When Marvel and Netflix hooked up and started making TV shows I was thinking, "Finally, we're going to see heroes the way they are in the comics." This is not what I got with this show.
What I liked
I liked the fact that is was tied into the other Marvel/Netflix shows. I like this because it provides continuity. This continuity shows that there is a direction they are going and that it's building towards something (i.e. The Defenders). While introducing new characters, there were some familiar faces as well.
What I didn't like
I thought the story was Ok (at best). While the story built slowly, like I wanted it to, it felt too slow sometimes. The actors did a good job with what they were given. I found most of them a tad on the whiny side though. What didn't work for me at all were the action/fight scenes. I could see what they were going for, but they were not well executed. In the end the action/fight scenes did more to hurt the show rather than help; and for a show that is kung-fu based, that just can't happen.
In the end, I thought Iron Fist was OK. While I felt disappointed, it did move the story along. For those of you who are interested, here is my ranking of the Marvel/Netflix shows thus far (starting with my favorite): Daredevil (season 1), Luke Cage, Daredevil (season 2), Iron Fist, and Jessica Jones.