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TV Review: Legion S1E7 Chapter 7

legionLegion, based on the Marvel character created by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, dives into the action as David Haller (played by Dan Stevens) tries to find a way out of his predicament.

With just one more episode to go, Legion focuses on David and his friends being stuck in the construction by Lenny who we find out the real deal and comic fans should be squealing with glee.

In my last review I made some guesses as to who the man with the yellow eyes/Lenny really is and who David’s father is (though that’s straight from the comics). This episode confirms the former and seems to confirm the latter.

Dan Stevens stars as David Haller in Legion

While everyone is still stuck in this weird world, David works out for himself what’s going on and explores the history of everything. It’s the clearest explanation of his mutant power, his lineage, and who the parasite mutant is.

As I said, fans of the X-Men comics will be happy with the revelations as things are laid out for new viewers in a very entertaining way. If things didn’t make sense until this episode, it’s pretty clear now exactly what’s going on. We know David’s history, the parasite’s, and how we got from point A to point B.

But, how to deal with it all is cool too. The various dots are brought together and done so in an episode that’s as visually stunning as all of the rest. There’s some amazing moments here, and that’s saying something from a show that’s been one of the visually best on television today.

Legion continues to get better and better with each episode and with each layer added and new reveal that will get comic fans super excited. This is one of the few cases where the long build has really paid off after a lot of episodes. This has been six episodes of hints and twists, and we get the delivery here. An absolutely fantastic series that begs for multiple viewings.

Overall Rating: 9.65

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TV Review: Arrow S5E17 Kapiushon

arrowPrometheus attempts to break Oliver; Anatoly worries about Oliver’s increasingly violent tendencies, which come to a head in a brutal confrontation.

Arrow has had lots of ups and downs this season and at this point things have felt like they’ve dragged on a bit too long, especially when it comes to the Russia storyline that’s a major focus of this season.

This episode is no exception and feels like it splits itself in two as Oliver goes on the offensive in Russia with bodies piling up and then there’s his being held prisoner by Prometheus/Chase.

There’s some really solid stuff here. For those who watched the first two seasons of Arrow, you’ll remember that Oliver was full of bloodlust and had no problem killing those he saw as villains. There was a lot of time devoted to that and he eventually changed his ways.

This seasons dives into that bloodlust building with each episode. It’s a prequel in many ways and directly dives into a subject that was debated a lot in the series. Again, that’s really good and cool. But, with the back and forth with the various Russian mobsters, things have kind of blended together. It’s not too exciting when some of what happens feels like we’ve seen it before and it’s all repeating itself. I’m literally zoning out at it all. And what’s weird is, out of all of the seasons, this prequel story is the most important and tied into the modern day story. It’s an actual important one.

The torture aspect with Prometheus is the villain’s attempt to get back at Oliver for killing his father but in the end he just wants a confession in a way. That leads to Oliver coming to an internal conclusion about his nature and the killing. It’s interesting and catharsis in some ways, but also feels anti-climactic. Oliver’s realization leads to a conclusion at the end of the episode that’ll drive the rest of the season in an interesting direction, one we’ll have to wait and see.

The episode is decent, it’s just dragging it feels like. The departure from previous seasons seems to have caused another problem, a series that’s dragging.

Overall rating: 7.65

TV Review: The Flash S3E17 Duet

The Flash Season 2Mon-El and Hank Henshaw arrive carrying a comatose Supergirl, who was attacked by the Music Meister; when the Music Meister attacks Barry, both he and Supergirl wake up in an alternate reality that they have to sing and dance their way out of.

The Flash delivers a musical episode with guest star Supergirl in an entertaining episode that has its ups and downs.

The episode carries over from this week’s Supergirl which ended with a mysterious character putting Supergirl in a trance and then heading to the Flash’s Earth. And that’s the first meh part of the episode. If you didn’t watch Supergirl you might be lost as to what’s going on and this episode does an only ok episode explaining the situation. It also doesn’t help that Mon-El who also comes over from Supergirl has been a douche lately, so it’s hard to cheer for him.

But, the focus on this episode is the musical itself which spoofs from various other musicals and shows off how much of the two casts have a musical background. Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/The Flash, Jesse L. Martin as Joe West, Melissa Benoist as Kara Danvers/Supergirl, Victor Garber as Martin Stein, John Barrowman as Malcolm Merlyn, Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramone, and Jeremy Jordan as Winn Schott all have a long history in musical theater. Then there’s guest Darren Criss as the Music Meister. That’s three Glee actors on this episode.

The songs are decent and singing not too bad. Valdes and Jordan caught me by surprise at their talent but I didn’t know their background. Gustin is a much better dancer than singer and Benoist shines as usual. Everyone has their moment and it’s cheesy fun and that’s the name of the game, fun.

The actual plot is groan-inducing mostly due to the ending which caused a massive eye roll from me. It’s almost as if the writers didn’t know how to end the episode so this is what they came up with. It also washes over how bad Mon-El is for Kara and impacts Supergirl more than it does The Flash. But, the episode ends with Gustin serenading Iris in a cute scene full of saccharin.

There’s some good and likely made fans clamoring for a musical episode happy, but when you pull back and really think about it all, the episode is all flash and little substance. Its worse crime is overlooking the caustic relationship between Kara and Mon-El fixing it with what feels like fortune cookie wisdom.

Overall Rating: 7.05

I’m Watching Iron Fist So You Don’t Have To: Episode 1 Snow Gives Way Recap

With Doctor Strange behind us, it was looking like 2017 was going to be a year blissfully free of rich white guys falling on hard times and turning to superheroism. I had forgotten, of course, about Iron Fist. But hey, at least I don’t have to relive Thomas and Martha Wayne being murdered in Crime Alley for like, the fifth year in a row.

My hopes aren’t high for this show, between multiple critics citing it as Marvel’s worst yet and Finn Jones’ poor handling of aforementioned criticism. Then the show’s writers and producers shutting down critics who suggested an Asian American Iron Fist would add nuance to the character, even though they almost cast Lewis Tan.

There’s also the fact that Iron Fist is the second Marvel property in two years that relies on cultural appropriation to develop its lead. At this point I suspect Jones must be inhumanly flexible after the reaching and bending he’s done to defend the show.

As far as I’m aware, the main reasons anyone has for watching Iron Fist are as follows:

  1. Claire Temple
  2. To get to The Defenders
  3. Zhou Cheng
  4. The Defenders though!!
  5. Colleen Wing
  6. Just have to make it to The Defenders guys, come on

In the interest of journalistic fairness, I have not read any reviews. Unless titles count, which they shouldn’t, because Twitter is inescapable. Despite this, I am prepared for the worst. I have taped photos of Rosario Dawson, Lewis Tan, and Jessica Henwick to a Homer Simpson-style inspiration board and am ready to begin viewing, and I’m trying really hard not to think about that interview where Finn Jones said he’s different from Danny Rand because he has definitely had sex before.

I feel that I am now fully prepared to begin watching a show that has been hailed as “a big superhero flop,” “can this possibly get any worse,” and “bad.” Inspiring!

Spoilers ahoy.

I’d like to say that, right off the bat, I’m not getting great vibes from the intro. I gladly sat through a season’s worth of Daredevil intros because the opening was visually interesting and the music was excellent–three episodes in I was watching the intro and living the “mind=blown” GIF when I realized Daredevil is the physical embodiment of blind justice. Jessica Jones’s intro echoed the watercolory covers from Alias and the instrumentals in it and Luke Cage tie together well.

Iron Fist’s intro isn’t nearly as interesting to watch as Daredevil and sounds like they recycled the building instrumentation of Jessica Jones. Somewhere in there, I’m guessing someone was like, “But make it sound Asian,” so they threw in a wind instrument instead of a piano.

Anyway. Danny Rand looks like that guy who shows up at a 100-level psychology class with two cans of Monster, and you can tell he’s never read the book but will participate in the discussion just to hear himself speak. At the very least, he’s wearing the same outfit. Barefoot and bearded, Danny spends the first twenty minutes of the show trying to convince people he hasn’t seen in 15 years that he is, in fact, Danny Rand, son and heir to businessman Wendell Rand.

Danny’s “Convince ‘Em” technique largely involves beating up security people at the company building, saying “I’m Danny Rand” over and over again, breaking into his childhood home, mild stalking of his former friend, Joy Meachum, and not offering to take a DNA test. This does not seem like the way a trustworthy person would go about doing things, but what do I know. Maybe DNA tests didn’t exist until Law & Order: SVU came on TV.

Rejected and still barefoot, Danny hangs out in a public park, where a nice homeless man lets him use his iPhone to confirm that the public believes Danny Rand to have died with his parents. So far, the most interesting mystery in the show is, who taught Danny to use an iPhone? If he could use an iPhone, how did he not already know this information?

Cut to the next morning, when Danny practices Tai chi unbothered on a public sidewalk. Where he found a quiet sidewalk in Manhattan, I am not sure. Let’s throw this on the mystery board with the iPhone thing.

Iron Fist starts to look up 21 minutes and 50 seconds in, which is when I recognize Jessica Henwick from the photograph taped to my wall. This introduction is immediately ruined when Danny begins to speak to her in Mandarin, which is ludicrously assumptive of him.

I can tell a man wrote this episode, because Colleen’s response is to engage with the random dirty man rather than the typical street harassment response of walking away immediately. She’s putting up signs for self-defense lessons, so she could probably handle herself if things went awry, but most women wouldn’t stick around long enough in an uncrowded area for that threat to come to fruition.

Whew. Back to the Meachums, who are discussing the dangerous threat posed by the dirty stranger invading their properties. I must say, Danny hasn’t particularly proven himself dangerous yet. I can understand why he would appear deluded to the Meachums, but the Meachums are treating this issue like Danny is waging psychological warfare on the company. Psychological warfare techniques being… clumsy assault and asking someone to tea?

We’re not even halfway through this episode yet, folks.

The next step in Danny’s Convince ‘Em Plan is to kidnap Ward Meachum by forcing Meachum into the passenger seat of his own Lexus. I’m now a little more convinced that Danny is dangerous, but still uncertain about the psychological warfare thing. As Ward threatens him with a gun that was hidden in the glovebox, Danny laments that he’s been met with nothing but hostility since his return.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind you all that Danny has offered no concrete proof that he is who he says he is, and barged into a building only to immediately begin assaulting people.

Another thing to toss on the mystery board: Why does Danny know how to drive? At one point he mentions that his dad used to let him drive around their property but I will also take this opportunity to remind you that Danny was ten when his parents’ plane crashed. Is letting ten-year-olds drive a rich people thing?

Ward tells Danny what Wikipedia has already told him. Frustrated and without answers, Danny speeds out of the parking garage, crashes into a concrete barrier, and runs away.

Back in the park, the nice man from last night gives Danny chicken parm. They have a discussion about purpose and Danny says his is to protect K’un-Lun from oppression, which means absolutely nothing to his new friend and reminds me of the uncomfortable current of white savior-ness running through the show.

With part one of the Convince ‘Em Plan failed, Danny shows up at Colleen’s dojo, where she has just finished teaching a class. Once again, he asks her to teach a class and, once again, she refuses, telling him that her studio is closing. He asks her if she’s thought about teaching Kung fu, since that makes money. If Colleen doesn’t achieve sainthood for putting up with Danny’s constant mansplaining by the end of this season, why are we even watching.

Outside of the studio, two of the Meachums’ security guards come after Danny and he fights them before escaping. You’ll never believe this, but Colleen saw all of that. The feeling I’m experiencing is foreshadowing punching me in the face.

Seemingly recovered from his Lexus death ride but having failed at happy murder time, Ward pays a visit to–gasp–his father, who definitely hasn’t died from cancer like the Meachum children told Danny he did. The Elder Meachum knows about Danny, and he isn’t happy about it. They discuss Danny’s return, wondering, “Does that mean his parents are still alive?,” “Who has he talked to?,” “How the hell did he learn martial arts?,” and “Why has he waited so long to show up?.” These are all valid questions that I would also like to know the answer to. More for the mystery board.

Back in the park, Danny discovers that his only friend has died of an apparent overdose. He sneaks back into Joy’s office where they have a frank discussion about Ward’s happy murder time and the plane crash before he realizes he’s been drugged. Danny wakes up strapped to a bed, remembering the moments of his parents’ deaths, and the episode ends.

Look. This show was neither the best thing I’ve ever seen nor the worst, because I watch bad horror movies in my spare time and Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark? It was bad. (I would like to point out that it did pass the Bechdel Test, though.) On the other hand, Iron Fist also did not give me the emotional fulfillment of watching a giant mechanical shark destroy a megalodon.

Ignoring the fact that Danny Rand should have been Asian American, the first episode suffers because it just doesn’t feel as fresh or original as Daredevil or Jessica Jones. Going up against a corporation is pretty much the theme of the Batman, Arrow, Iron Man, Daredevil, Ant-Man, and Spider-Man movies that preceded Iron Fist, and so far it’s not doing much to reinvent tropes. I couldn’t help but think about the opportunities Iron Fist could have offered for varied storytelling and bringing a well-rounded Asian American character into the MCU as I watched. I mean. Just look at the possibilities.

Instead, the story was bland, bogged down by weirdly written dialogue and the introduction of too many storylines. Danny was overly optimistic and trusting for someone who spent 15 years getting smacked in the face with practice swords while learning Kung fu in a secret city. The Meachums were at times villainous to the point of cheesiness.

An optimistic superhero is a pleasant change of pace from Bruce-Darkness-No-Parents-Wayne, but it doesn’t make up for the slow pacing, lack of character development, and writing. The white savior-ness of Danny’s character hangs over the show like a “well, actually” cloud, as does the PR disaster of Jones and the show’s producers denying that they heard or thought about Any Of That while the show was in development.

If you can ignore all of that or live in a bubble where Batman Begins doesn’t exist, this might be your show, though.

Supergirl S2E16 “Star-Crossed” Gets Sidetracked by Quirky Subplots

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At times, this week’s episode of Supergirl  “Star-Crossed” feels like a hybrid of the worst parts of two great genre shows. It’s the episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 5 or so where Spike is trying to be a “good person” to win Buffy’s love combined with the early episodes of Angel that spent an entire episode on some monster of the week gimmick, like hip hop themed demon gangs or elaborate games of demon poker. In this case, writers Katie Rose Rogers and Jessica Kardos spend most of the episode’s running time on a B-plot featuring Winn’s girlfriend Lyra and an intergalactic art smuggling ring while putting the reveal of Mon-El as the prince of Daxam on the backburner. We do find out that his parents, Rhea (Teri Hatcher) and Lar Gand (Kevin Sorbo) definitely would have voted for Trump as they espouse the motto “Make Daxam great again.” and say that slavery helped other alien races “improve their station”.

Rogers and Kardos should be applauded for finding some way to connect the Mon-El reveal and alien art thief through the shared theme of lying in a relationship. The makeouts and “divine museum sex” that Winn and Lyra shared were just a cover for her being a con woman and trying to steal priceless works of art like Van Gogh’s Starry Night (So cliched.) to buy her brother back from a trailer park dwelling group of gangster aliens. Roger and Kardos invent a whole backstory for her from whole cloth and set up Lyra as a terrible person, who has been using Winn the whole time, but he stills likes her for kissing reasons, I guess. If the Mon-El/Kara romance is any barometer, people do terrible things for attractive people or aliens.

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However, the fights between the alien art ring members and Winn’s friends lets first time director and veteran stunt coordinator John Medlen Jr. shoot some brutal close quarters action as Alex Danvers continues to fight dirty while still breaking off after beating the bad guys to kiss her girlfriend Maggie. Rogers and Kardos also reunites the “superfriends” of Guardian, Winn, and Supergirl as they get to the bottom of these alien art shenanigans even if Lyra gets off a little too easy.

But, for the most part, this plot feels like a cheesy diversion from the important reveal that Mon-El has been lying all along and is the spoiled prince of a country, who kept their subjects drunk and lazy to exploit them all the more. Medlen’s red tinged flashbacks are shot in stark, yet stylized documentary style with Mon-El’s selfishness on full display as he leaves his one night stand behind to flee Daxam in his pod. And to get to his pod, his bodyguard kills its Kryptonian diplomat owner and sacrifices himself while Mon-El jets off to safety. Yeah, Mon-El isn’t just a frat boy, but a murderer too in a neat deconstruction of the white male Chosen One trope. And his excuses for his behavior ring hollow even though Chris Wood uses his pretty face to wring every last bit of charm out of them.

Finally, Katie Rogers and Jessica Kardos realize that Kara and Mon-El aren’t a good match. Her motivation for being a superhero is her implicit goodness while his is to put it frankly, to get in her pants or spend time with her. The opening scene of “Star-Crossed” shows Mon-El’s selfishness as he enjoys “Netflix and chill” with Kara rather than teaming up with her to help people or listen about the articles and investigations she used to do for Catco. He’s at his happiest when Kara is at her weakest and most inactive and sits out during the action scenes except for the end when he declares his love for her in front of his disapproving parents, who spend most of the time extolling the virtues of Daxam and decrying the Kryptonians. They’re like your racist in-laws only played by Kevin Sorbo and Teri Hatcher with regal speaking patterns.

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The ending of “Star-Crossed” seems to fall into a pattern of Mon-El being terrible and Kara forgiving him and taking him back, but Rogers and Kardos finally break with convention. Melissa Benoist puts on her tough, serious face and calls him out on lying about his entire past and personality and pretending to be another so she would like him. Ir’s a real moment of power for Supergirl in an episode that seems overly concerned with alien gang politics, and Jeremy Jordan’s shout-y dialogue delivery as he proves that he’s better at quick-witted comic relief than melodrama. She is single and free to be a hero, and so is Mon-El as he tells his parents to leave Earth. But their departure is a little too easy, and they’re sure to be back. Rhea is a master of a passive aggressive manipulation and uses Kara’s misgivings about Mon-El to break them up, and it would be a lot of fun to see her and Lillian Luthor match wits.

“Star-Crossed” meanders into a side character’s backstory a little too much kind of wastes Daxamites as potential antagonists. However, Kara finally sees the light about Mon-El, which means Melissa Benoist gets to exhibit some intense post-breakup emotions, and John Medlen is one hell of a fight choreographer for the Guardian vs. Trailer Park Alien Boys scenes so it’s not a half bad episode. Plus there’s a tease of Darren Criss’ Music Meister (and a Glee reunion) complete with CGI contact lens hypnosis at the very end.

Overall: 7.5

The Walking Dead S7E14 The Other Side

walking-dead-5 photoThe Saviors visit the Hilltop unexpectedly, surprising everyone, with plans of taking more than supplies.

The Walking Dead‘ continues to build the tension as the episode focuses on Sasha and Rosita going after Negan and Negan’s crew heading to Hilltop to get a new doctor now that theirs is dead.

The episode falls into the slow and plodding but full of tension type of show with things building throughout and everything presented being rather subtle. You never know what will set off an explosion and lead to greater escalation. This is an episode full of subtle things.

An example is early on with Jesus talking the Maggie where he officially comes out on the show. It’s something fans have wondered since his comic counterpart is gay and its been confirmed that he is, but this is the first official nod to it. The interaction with Maggie is excellent and his movement and look to see Maggie’s reaction says more than words could. The same goes with Maggie’s reaction. It’s a touching moment.

There’s the Hilltop issue with Daryl and Maggie having to hide. The tension there isn’t the will they be found question. The tension is if Gregory will turn them over. The dude is a snake and it’s a question of when he’ll turn them in, not if. That’s the build up here. But, it gives Maggie and Daryl a moment to talk where Daryl has an emotional moment that you can tell he feels guilty over Glenn’s death. It’s great acting and as a viewer I felt the pain being presented on screen.

The bigger part of the episode is Sasha and Rosita’s plan to assassinate Negan. But, that goes sideways as they come across Eugene. Now, it’s left to the viewers to decide. Has Eugene really been brainwashed and going along with Negan? Does he have a plan? The show plays it really well so viewers are unsure of where things are going with him. Sasha and Rosita’s plan is busted though which leads to Sasha to take matters into her own hand. We know things are probably not going to go well for her since the actress who plays her is going to another show, but you never know!

The episode is good in the subtle things it does, but is another episode setting up the war to come. Not the best, but there’s a lot of small things to keep viewers engaged and looking to dissect. The episode is full of tension, but never quite delivers in that department.

Overall rating: 7.65

TV Review: Iron Fist S1E13 Dragon Plays with Fire

In a desperate search to clear his name, Danny learns a terrible truth that places him on a new path.

We find out the truth about who killed Danny’s parents and caused the plane crash as Danny attempts to get the tablet that has the information that’ll clear his name.

This episode features every issue I have of the series. The dialogue is cheesy and spells things out (For example a gun shot goes off and someone exclaims “they’re on the roof”). There’s glaring plot issues (Said tablet is in a vault which is left open when a gun is retrieved. And why are you keeping the evidence of your evil plan!?). The action is silly. A martial arts master runs after knocking the gun from a hand and the villain walks away after he knocks down Danny. We’re continuously reminded that Danny isn’t bullet proof (he’s not Luke Cage after all!). The episode is littered with bad dialogue and too many moments where I found myself yelling at the television.

The episode wraps things up as far as the story for this season, but the ending leaves things wide open as to where it all goes from here. But even that ending! Really, no head gear while walking around on a snowy mountain?

The finale is a flawed mess that’s good in a turn your brain off and try not to think sort of way. It says nothing, is completely forgettable, and screams mediocrity in a series of shows that have all excelled in some way. The one thing the series has going for it is that it improves as it goes along and does suffer from the late season slump that other Marvel Netflix endeavors have, but then again, it starts from a much lower quality point. Then again, all of the Marvel series have had a letdown of a final episode.

The end sets a lot up, but with such a poor first outing, does it deserve a second? Will fans want one?

Overall Rating: 5.05

TV Review: Iron Fist S1E12 Bar the Big Boss

Ward receives an offer with strings attached. Davos advocates for an extreme solution and a deadly duel gets personal.

In the penultimate episode, Bakuto makes a move and takes the Meachums hostage in hope of bringing Danny out into the open. Weirdly the Meachums plan is to screw with Bakuto by taking away his money and lure him out. It’s all rather goofy in some ways and doesn’t quite work. If the Meachum/Rand plan was smart, Danny would have intercepted Bakuto and his team beforehand. But, it seems like not too many people here are smart. It’s like a lot of the season where the small details don’t quite work and add up into issues, like the backpack in the first episode.

The episode feels like it telegraphs every major thing. Bakuto carries a sword which sets up his fighting Colleen. Davos’ actions were obvious as to what he’d do to the Hand compared to Danny and Colleen, which he of course does. And that sets up conflict between him and Danny. It’s like nothing can be subtle in this series and everything beats the viewer over the head.

And speaking of plot points…. whatever happened to the whole poisoning neighborhoods plot? That seems to be forgotten.

What’s interesting and stands out in this episode is that music is used to shock the viewer again. The music for the series is very underused and in the first episode and here we get hip-hop used to wake up the viewer in same ways. It’s an interesting tidbit especially when Luke Cage used music some prominently.

there’s a twist at the end of the episode which is…. interesting, and in the bigger scheme of things again makes little sense. Like a lot of the season it’s a bit blunt and feels forced in, especially since the series made sure to say multiple times that the drugs being moved around weren’t illegal.

With one episode to go, this is a wrinkle that feels like a plot point added in WAY too late.

Overall Rating: 5.20

TV Review: Iron Fist S1E11 Lead Horse Back to Stable

Claire uses her improvisational skills, and Colleen gets conflicting information. Danny yearns to be more than just a destroyer.

Danny is beaten, broken, and betrayed as he heads to the only person he feels he can trust, Claire. The episode really lays things out about Danny’s training giving us the best idea yet about K’un L’un.

The episode is interesting in that it lays out what it means to be Iron Fist and we get a sense from Davos that he’s not all too happy with Danny’s choices. But, what’s solid is that a lot of it is laid out in subtle ways. Certain breathing techniques show that emotion is repressed as an example.

There’s also clear tension between Danny and Davos obviously setting up things to come. It’s interesting to see how that plays out in the future.

Then there’s Colleen who really has no idea what the hell is going on it feels like. Things between her and Danny feels like a paint by numbers plot point. Hell, the two reconnecting takes place in a rain scene. The only good is we see her kick a little more ass.

The episode…. is. Again, like much of the season it’s not bad, but it’s also not good. There’s some interesting moments and it moves a lot of the plot along, but it falls very short of the quality we’ve seen in previous Netflix Marvel series.

Only a few more episodes to go!

Overall Rating: 6.05

TV Review: Iron Fist S1E10 Black Tiger Steals Heart

Exhausted from fighting. Danny tries to recharge with Bakuto’s help. Meanwhile, Rand’s management gets another shakeup.

Danny is taken by Bakuto to his training facility where he learns a bit more about the history of Iron Fist. That might be the coolest aspect of the show, revealing a previous Iron Fist which opens up some interesting history and potential of the series.

There’s some revelations about Bakuto and Colleen and it all spirals out fo control, but the episode introduces Davos who comes to rescue Danny from what’s a crappy situation. There’s a lot of action and Colleen chooses a side which is interesting.

The episode creates some interesting ideas in that there’s competing factions within the Hand which is something we’ve seen in the comics, but is new to the live-action Marvel universe. It’s actually a good addition and the way it’s presented leaves the viewer to wonder how much of it is truth and how much of it is bull. Bakuto’s actions would indicate a lot of it is bull, but we’ll have to wait and see.

The action increases here as Davos and Danny have to fight their way out and it’s all decent, though marred by darkness which makes some it hard to see. The martial arts sequences throughout this season has been lacking and the series lacks its iconic fight scenes that existed in Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones.

It’s a good episode, continuing the better latter half of the first season. While it’s not great, it’s worth a watch but like most of the season it’s not great. We’ve seen better.

Overall Rating: 6.30

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