Over the past few years, the Marvel shows on Netflix have not just become some of my favorite comic book TV series but also some of my favorite comic book adaptations, period. Needless to say, I was eagerly awaiting the final solo show – Iron Fist – before the long awaited team-up that’s happening later this year. The early reviews of Iron Fist made me nervous. Either way, I was still hopeful. Then, I actually binged the show and well, let’s just say you can start sending me hate mail and commenting “DC bought you.” But, that’s a story for another day. Positive or negative reviews aside, Marvel’s Iron Fist did contain some major surprises. So without further ado, here are the 5 Biggest Surprises from Iron Fist.
There are spoilers ahead, turn back now of you have not finished the first season of ‘Iron Fist’.
Claire kicks ass
One thing that has been a constant thorn in my side throughout the first season of Iron Fist is the inconsistencies. How is the Night Nurse, Claire (Rosario Dawson) suddenly such an ass-kicker? Sure, she’s training under Colleen Wing, but the show implies that she probably just started training a while back. Had she taken on a bunch of street thugs, it wouldn’t have bothered me, but the fact that she’s able to lay the smackdown on some of Gao’s men who probably have received years of training is a tad weird.
Also, why is Jeri Hogarth unusually nice? When we were first introduced to Jeri Hogarth in Jessica Jones, she was smart, cunning, extremely manipulative and a bloody good lawyer. While she still showed signs of being a good lawyer here, she lacked any of the other traits that made her one of the most interesting characters in Jessica Jones.
Danny’s backstory is light… and boring
I don’t consider myself a huge fan of the Iron Fist comics. However, I know of his origin story and it is AWESOME. So, when they announced that Iron Fist will be making its way to Netflix, I was beyond excited. I couldn’t wait to feast my eyes Danny Rand VS The Undying Dragon Shou-Lou.
But nope. Pretty much the entire origin story is glossed over or told via boring expository dialogues. Sure, maybe the show lacked the budget to have dragons ala Game of Thrones. I can give that a pass, no problem. But, nothing interesting at all? And when they do show some of it, it’s surprisingly light and boring. Sure there are a couple of instances where we see a couple of monks beating young Danny Rand with sticks, but that’s as far as it goes.
Look, I’m not saying every show has to be dark and gritty. But this show has the same MPAA rating as Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, and those shows took full advantage of the rating to tell great stories. Who can forget the torturous training regime Matt Murdock had to go through as a kid? Or Wilson Fisk’s dark childhood? What about Jessica Jones being a rape victim? The list goes on and on. Heck, we saw a brutal origin story on CW’s Arrow and that show is TV-14, not 16+ like Iron Fist.
Am I to believe that Danny Rand became one of the greatest warriors on the planet by riding in karts trying to spy on women bathing and getting beat with sticks by a couple of monks? C’mon!
Ward kills Harold
One of the subplots of this season revolves around Ward Meachum (Tom Pelphrey) and his dad, Harold Meachum (David Wenham). The plot itself is completely pointless in the grand scheme of things, it just goes around in circles.
Here’s my breakdown of it.
- Ward is the boss of the company but is being bossed around by his risen-from-the-dead father, Harold.
- Ward feels like he’s being tortured but Harold feels he’s doing what he’s doing out of love.
- Harold forbids Ward from telling his sister, Joy about the fact that he’s alive.
- Ward feels like he’s unappreciated and is suffocating.
- He does drugs.
- He does his dad’s bidding.
- He does more drugs.
- He finally snaps and kills his dad.
- His dad comes back alive.
- We’re only halfway through.
- Kill me.
As convoluted and unnecessary the entire plot revolving around the Meachums feels, that moment when Ward kills Harold came as a genuine shocker.
Harold kills Kyle
Okay, I’ll continue my feeble attempt to breakdown the Meachum business politics nonsense we were treated to. Not sure about you, but I signed up for Kung-Fu, dragons, and ass-kicking.
- Having come back from the dead the second time, Harold is crazier than he was before.
- Ward is shocked.
- Harold kills Kyle – servant/butler/tech guy – because Kyle prefers Vanilla Ice-cream over Chocolate and Strawberry (You can’t make stuff like this up).
- Joy finds out about her not-dead father.
- Joy does Harold’s bidding.
- Ward tells Joy that Harold is crazy.
- Harold tells Joy that Ward is crazy.
- I’m still not done yet.
- Did I mention kill me? Cause, KILL ME.
Colleen Wing works for ‘The Hand’
Finally, something to actually care about. Early on in the season, Danny bumps into a martial arts instructor named Colleen Wing. And she is a BADASS. While at first apprehensive, she eventually decides to help Danny in his mission to take down The Hand and Grandma Gao. And of course, Danny and Colleen fall in love.
However, as things seem to be finally working out for Danny Rand, it is revealed that Colleen Wing is a member of The Hand!
But that interesting angle was short lived as it was later (and by later I mean 0.2 seconds later) that this isn’t Grandma Gao’s Hand, but another version of The Hand. The name The Hand 2.0 is unclear but I especially like Claire’s pitch: The Ear.
I know that in the comics, Colleen does eventually become the leader of a splinter group of The Hand known as The Nail. But in this show, it just feels unnecessary and retconned in for the sake of it.
What was the most surprisong moment for you? Comment below.