Am I watching a different show than the critics? Danny still has to figure out what to do when the Chinese mafia shows up, however - or what it even means to be the latest in a long line to wield the power of the Iron Fist. I would say that we're not necessarily beholden to representing him exactly as he appears in the comic book. We need these women to hold them up.
Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick) fights alongside Danny, and may make some wish that she was the Iron Fist. The Iron Fist is a living weapon, just as in the comics; but crucially, he's a weapon forged to be used against the Hand.
For those of you unfamiliar with the character, Danny Rand is a child of wealth whose parents die on an expedition in the mountains of Tibet. And then there are those who felt Marvel/Netflix had an opportunity to introduce an Asian leading man - which many thought would be appropriate given Iron Fist's heavy martial-arts influence - and botched it.
"I'm playing a white American billionaire superhero, at a time when the white American billionaire archetype is public enemy number one, especially in the U.S". Maybe they wanted to make sure one of the Defenders had limitless funds so the other three (who are abundantly broke in their respective series) didn't have to worry about money while getting their superhero on? The awkwardness makes it look more Power Rangers than Daredevil.
"Danny understands the bigger threat, because he's been dealing it all throughout his life and all throughout season one of Iron Fist", he told Entertainment Tonight. "So, when he meets The Defenders, he's the one who really drives the group to understand the bigger picture".
But what did other critics say about "Iron Fist"? How is this not used to greater effect in the series? "It has to be able to stand alone, but also has to advance the macro story".
The Marvel Cinematic Universe doesn't require you to watch any other projects, but it's always more fun when you know more about the characters. Joy messengers a bag to the hospital, and when she gets it back, hand-delivered by Colleen Wing (who also returns the unsigned papers and bribery check), it's missing all the brown M&Ms.
Each of these movies sees a white character "saving" people of colour; inspiring them to do better, "selflessly" defending them, enabling and elevating them, and so on and so forth. Also, kudos to Carrie-Anne Moss and Rosario Dawson for resurrecting their MCU roles (lawyer Jeri Hogarth and nurse Claire Temple, respectively) for this series, but at times it feels like this was done exclusively to show how interconnected these larger characters are for future reveals.
Marvel completists will no doubt feel compelled to check "Iron Fist" out, but the show plays like a relatively weak cog in its otherwise pretty well-oiled machinery.
She returned briefly toward the end of Jessica Jones, again to tend to the wounded lead characters, Jessica and Luke. But at least those series tried to do something. The difference being, people actually liked "Doctor Strange", which has a 90 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, while Fist is being called out for its pacing, its repetitive use of ninjas (been there, done that with "Daredevil" Season 2) and, ultimately, its casting. When Finn was announced, the show was hit with whitewashing accusations, even though the character in the comics is white. Is that too satanic/way too much for a street-level hero?
"The sad thing, and perhaps the hopeful thing, about the dawdling featurelessness of the early episodes is that you can see a better show struggling to get out". So, so much more Power Rangers.