Controversy aside, what is Iron Fist actually about?
Now, thanks to Iron Fist, we know. Turns out it's Birch Psychiatric Hospital, a fact Danny learns from a doctor sitting at his bedside... shortly before the doctor, who really isn't a doctor at all but another patient named Simon, jabs a fork into Danny's neck to try and offer him an easy way out. Danny Rand is trained specifically to go up against the Hand, and he understands their dark sorcery in a visceral way that Matt Murdock will never get.
As a superhero story, Danny Rand's most similar to Bruce Wayne's, but the milquetoast Danny has none of his darkness or sense of inner conflict to make him intriguing or relatable. Aimless and tiresome, Iron Fist would be bad television even without its unseemly racial missteps.
However, midway through the series, Madame Gao tells Danny Rand that she knows his father.
One particular fight I can't wrap my head around is the battle Netflix has with making shorter seasons. Between Danny's version and Joy's, enough of the details overlap that Edmonds is firmly convinced: Danny isn't lying about his identity. The simple answer is that it's about the orphaned heir to a vast corporation who returns to NY having been presumed dead for years, and who must fight simultaneously to reclaim his family company and face down a larger evil.
The Defenders will hit Netflix in 2017, with Charlie Cox (Daredevil), Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones), Mike Colter (Luke Cage), Finn Jones (Iron Fist), Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page), Simone Missick (Misty Knight), Scott Glenn (Stick), Rosario Dawson (Claire Temple), Rachael Taylor (Trish Walker), Jessica Henwick (Colleen Wing) and Elodie Yung (Elektra) appearing alongside Sigourney Weaver as the villain, Alexandra. Harold decides that Dr. Edmonds isn't asking Danny the right questions and he tells his assistant Kyle to pull the vehicle around: he's going to Birch himself. Just as Davos warned, with the Iron Fist in America, the way to K'un L'un was open - and nobody stood in the Heavenly City's defence. While the former is tepid and forgettable, the latter is a great show. But after 15 years away, he is back among the living. Colleen, meanwhile, is ashamed for dishonoring her heritage. But it's him that really needs her, Jones noted: "Danny needs a strong female figure in his life, Since losing his mother, all he's ever craved is some kind of feminine strength, to kind of nurture him and be by his side whilst he undergoes this transition".
"He's conflicted", Jones says of his character. They destroy the Hand together!-but as a series it's an offense.
But before we get there, we'll need to see Danny's origin story. A rich, white one at that. However, he is also optimistic, and while trying to save other people, he is also trying to save himself. With a running start, Danny punches his way through a metal door and escapes out into the night.
Iron Fist even makes one of the gravest mistakes a martial-arts story can: The fight scenes are middling. We do finally get the names of those monks, though: Chodak and Tashi. Her hobbies include running a dojo in NY and casually getting taught about her own culture by the white guy. She's older than me so it's this weird thing. A lot of fans had thought Iron Fist would end with the first hint of the Defenders gathering, but that's been saved for the event series.
Things are starting to pick up in this episode! Sound off in the comments or feel free to reach out to me on Twitter to discuss.