The comic of the Iron Fist is a story infused with Kung-Fu lore but the Netflix show itself rarely focused on this aspect of the hero, instead focusing too much on the alter ego of Danny Rand and his company Rand Enterprises. Danny Rand/Iron Fist (Jones) spends the BULK of 5 episodes trying to win his company back from his childhood friends/foes the Meachum family. This family had way too much screen time and role in the show. Time that should have focused more on the hero and the villainous organization “The Hand”.
2) Female Cast:
The characters Collin Wing (Henwick) and Claire Temple (Dawson) were two of the brightest spots of a rather lackluster show. They deserved way more screen time and they were repeatedly put on the back burner in favor of the Meachum clan. Collin Wing’s fight scenes really stole the show, she had some of the best of the series--several that even outshined the Iron Fist. Claire Temple is also a character that brings a refreshing comedic timing to these Marvel shows and she was introduced way too late in the season. The show was at it best when these two characters were on screen together with Iron fist, it created an healthy balance on screen.
This show had a bad habit of “telling versus showing”, Iron Fist constantly speaks of his training in a shaolin monastery but the show rarely showcases it. Flashbacks could have also infused the show with some much needed fight sequences, which were lacking when you consider the main character is supposedly the best martial artist in the Marvel Universe.
The show does have its moments,particularly in episode six and above, but it should have been so much more focused on the kung fu that connected these characters versus the business aspect of things