‘Marvel’s Iron Fist’ takes things slow in first season

Like the others, “Iron Fist” downplays the supernatural aspects of the story for a grittier take. They think he’s crazy and believe he is a threat, especially telling people he was living in K’un-L’un, which no one can find on a map.“You can’t get there from here,” Danny explains, but one thing for certain is that Danny has some crazy martial-arts skills. So if you are looking for explosive moments, they are few and far between early on. If he is who he says he is, he would be heir to the majority holdings in a major corporation now run by the children of his father’s business partner and childhood friends, Joy (Jessica Stroup) and Ward Meachum (Tom Pelphrey).
The biggest problems with it is pace and familiarity. In the meantime, the mystery drips out. “If you wish to see the truth, hold no opinions,” he advises. Very little is revealed about what his company is up to, although we know they have henchman.Unlike the other three, Danny hasn’t been on the streets. Harold Meachum (David Wenham), his dad’s business partner, is supposedly dead but isn’t and is behind the scenes pulling strings. He’s far more spiritual. This makes him an odd fit in “The Defenders.” The lack of punch at the beginning of “Iron Fist” may seem a mistake, but bludgeoning action, which the other series also avoid, isn’t the answer.

“Marvel’s Iron Fist,” the fourth of the “Defenders” series to stream on Netflix, starts off slowly.While this may be disappointing to fans of “Luke Cage,” “Jessica Jones” and “Daredevil,” the series rests on a very different type of protagonist. The others have built-in edges to their characters: blindness in Daredevil’s case, while Cage and Jones have underdog status and live in a tough neighborhood.“Iron Fist” is the story of Danny Rand (Finn Jones from “Game of Thrones”) the only son of billionaires who mysteriously shows up barefoot in New York City some 15 years after he supposedly died along with his parents in a plane crash over the Himalayas.
By the second episode he’s locked up in a psych ward where he tells the doctor he had been a warrior in a mystical realm. He also says he was a sworn enemy of The Hand, a supervillain organization that has appeared in other Marvel propertiesObviously, Danny feels out of place back in New York. The doctors believe he is delusional, having experienced a tragedy. He tells them he has superpowers.“I know if I focus my chi, I can summon the Iron Fist,” he says.So his big struggle at the beginning is to find himself.