Pure Fandom Review: Is ‘Iron Fist’ really as bad as the critics say?

Hello, all! Welcome to my review of Netflix’s Iron Fist Series!  I will do my best to keep this review as spoiler-free as I can. This series was slow to start, like most series. So don’t expect kung-fu like a b-rated Chinese movie or a Bruce Lee film. They did made up for the slow moving story by having a very well-written backstory.

The Story

Set in New York, the story and dialog are very well written. It seems to come to life on the screen. I would dare say that it’s of the same caliber of Robert Kirkman – I was very impressed. While I haven’t read the comics, I don’t know how close this is to the comic’s story line, but I do give it two thumbs up. The story is captivating and very immersive. I was glued to my TV wondering what would happen next! Usually, I can kind of guess what’s going to happen, but with this series, it was hard to tell.

The Characters

The characters are great! Wonderful dialog and back stories really bring them to life. Despite controversy, I feel that they chose the right people to play the characters. You can see, and sometimes feel, the on-screen chemistry of the actors on camera, which is very rare. When it happens, you take notice. If you’re curious, the cast of the main characters are as follows:

  • Finn Jones – Danny Rand
  • Jessica Henwick – Colleen Wing
  • Jessica Stroup – Joy Meachum
  • Tom Pelphrey – Ward Meachum
  • David Wenham – Harold Meachum
  • Wai Ching Ho – Madame Gao
  • Ramon Rodriguez – Bakuto
  • Sacha Dhawan – Davos
  • Rosario Dawson – Claire Temple

You can see the full cast listing here.


I don’t agree with all of the negative reviews. Even without reading the comics, I found there was enough action even if the series did start out a little slow. Even with some of the ratings from the audience on sites like Rotten Tomatoes, they don’t really give a reason why they don’t like it, so I really can’t comment.

I feel that you should definitely watch this series if you like drama, action, or Kung-Fu. This series has it all, and you don’t need to read the comics to know what’s going on – it does have its own back story. It’s very gripping and very intelligently written. The actors have done an outstanding job in portraying their characters. I can’t wait for the next season!

Until next time, aloha nui loa!

(Fatured image via Netflix)


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