TV Review: Iron Fist S1E4 Eight Diagram Dragon Palm

Danny makes a shocking discovery and a radical pricing proposal. Colleen’s extracurricular activities go viral, and Ward issues a stern warning.

Alright, the fourth episode shows a little life and has actual decent commentary with something to say. The issue with Danny and his company is resolved as he takes control and early on puts his stamp on things.

Finn Jones continues to be a little blah in the title character of Marvel’s Iron Fist, but he shows a bit of something interesting in that there’s an emphasis that he’s a little stunted and off from the years away. There’s a naivete about him that feels like a view a kid would have, add in his enthusiasm of hanging round Joy Meachum and what we’ve seen in his training, it all comes together as to why this Danny Rand is the way he is. But, he’s still very bland and not engaging on the screen. You need to give us something else if that’s the case and that hook has been missing for the four episodes. What seems to be missing is the PTSD that keeps on being hinted at. Even when he recounts his training and previous life, there’s an odd disconnect in how he recounts it all.

It all feels uninspired. That’s visually depicted in our first real fight scene featuring Danny taking place in a hallway and elevator. It is reminiscent of the excellent Daredevil hallway fight scene but lacks the choreography of that. Instead, we get what looks like sparring and individuals going through the motion instead of a real fight. There’s also a scene in an elevator that could have been the scene of the series, an iconic fight that’d define where things were going. Instead, it also feels like dancing and sparring instead of an actual fight. Like the series so far, it’s bland and forgettable.

The most interesting aspect of this series so far is Jessica Henwick‘s Colleen Wing who again takes center stage in another fight that actually is somewhat memorable or at least interesting to watch. The episode feels like it makes the case that this series should have been focusing on her more.

Instead, in this fourth episode, Marvel’s Iron Fist feels like a sequel to the second season of Daredevil with its focus on the Hand and some of the characters barely touched upon. I personally hated that second season, so it’s not really a surprise that this series hasn’t clicked for that reason alone.

The episode improves as it goes along but it’s still not nearly engaging enough giving us process and going through the motions instead of exciting and giving us something new.

Overall Rating: 6.15

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