Iron Fist: Rolling Thunder Cannon Punch
March 20, 2017 3:44 PM - Season 1, Episode 3 - Subscribe

Joy proves herself a shrewd buisnessperson, Danny recalls a painful memory, and Colleen puts her talents to good use.

"Listen, I can help you get your business back, but I can't help you make friends... Do you have any money for new clothes? Because this homeless hipster thing isn't working for you."
-- Jeri Hogarth, correctly identifying Danny's personal problems in episode 3
posted by Jugwine (5 comments total)
Carrie-Anne Moss is back as Jeri Hogarth, riding to Danny's rescue as he takes the first sensible steps to try and prove his identity. Those dastardly Meachums are ready to thwart him at every turn in the copious spare time that being CEOs? Owners? Presidents? of Rand Corporation allows. Meanwhile Colleen Wing takes up fighting for money under the name Daughter of the Dragon to make ends meet.

The Good: Danny's "sweep the leg" moment in the dojo and the brief flashback to getting hit with sticks in K'un Lun might actually indicate he has some internal struggles with having become a living weapon. Might there be a character arc in his future?

The Bad: How does some mook cold cock the Iron Fist? Why are there so many flammable things in the records room? How many cuts can a fight scene have before it starts to resemble a strobe light? Also, Hogarth tells Danny not to reveal himself but checks him into her suite under his own name?

The Other: Colleen Wing's Daughter of the Dragon vs Man-Mountain fight did provide a moment of drama where you could think that maybe she's gotten in over her head. The "Thank goodness Danny Rand showed me this specific punch earlier this episode that wins the fight for me" denouement kind of took the air out of it, though, I thought.

Was that Kyle who pushed him out the window at the episode's end? I hope it was Kyle. Kyle, you deserve so much better than this show is giving you.

One thing about the structure of the show is that it seems to really be begging you to binge it. I guess that is the Netflix model, right? The way the first three episodes have ended -- Danny gets drugged, Danny punches through a door, Danny falls off a building -- seem to be calculated to get you to start the next episode. I don't feel like I've noticed that this was that obvious in the other Netflix MCU series, but maybe it's because more was going on during the course of the episodes in the other shows.

Speaking of other MCU series, by the end of episode 3, Luke Cage tanked through an entire gang, rampaging through the Crispus Attucks center and was hit by a rocket launcher. By the end of this episode, Danny Rand has fought a couple of security guards & mental patients (also, one door ). Don't try to tell me that all the Marvel Netflix shows are slow paced.

Bonus Quote:
"I wonder why it has to be so complicated. I really wish that I could find something in Danny to hate because it would make things a lot easier for me."
-- Joy Meachum, obviously watching a different show than the rest of us.
posted by Jugwine at 3:45 PM on March 20 [1 favorite]

The Iron Fist trained in a mystical realm for 15 years so that he can usually get the better of a random corporate henchman, after a prolonged struggle, but not without taking some serious licks first.
posted by paper chromatographologist at 5:37 PM on March 20 [7 favorites]

The more I think about that records room fight the more angry I get about it. Now I'm imagining Daredevil in there & he's heard the guy's heart start beating faster and the brass knuckles coming out, so he doesn't get caught unawares and cold cocked by Johnny Henchman. And I'm thinking about the conversation afterwards where the hospital administrators are asking about the cause of the fire and they are told that the oxygen tanks they keep stored next to the ethanol jugs in the paper records storage room mysteriously exploded. And why was Danny himself there anyway, did he go up to Hospital reception, ask for his records, and they said "They're in room 405 next to our supply of nitroglycerin for the heart patients. Help yourself, but be careful."?
posted by Jugwine at 6:05 PM on March 20 [3 favorites]

I don't know what's less believable: the siblings as corporate titans, or Danny as mystical ninja. I have super low standards for this sort of thing and I'm having a really hard time keeping up with this show.
posted by sevenyearlurk at 7:29 PM on March 20

I have no idea what Iron Fist is like in the comics and I haven't watched past this episode.

But Danny Rand is a pretty consistent character so far. He punches things. He's not smart, cunning, well adjusted, mature or wise. He wasn't a well adjusted kid and 15 years later doesn't show the slightest grasp of understanding how other people think. This starts in the first scene when he decides violence is a rational way to approach someone he thinks is like a brother, goes through his interactions with Colleen and the dojo, the psychiatrist, the cluelessness in the records room and pretty much everything else. He's not believable as a mystical ninja because he's not mystical and he's not ninja like. He's good at fighting. That's it.

At first I thought the explanation would be he was with beatific monks and didn't learn how people acted, but this episode makes them look like child abusers so maybe that's it. Either way, home schooling in the home of the very rich followed by isolated religious freaks educating you doesn't make for a well adjusted young man.

I'm more positive on this than most posters so far but I won't exactly defend it and I'd be completely unshocked if there's no payoff.

OTOH I was wondering how he'd be different than Daredevil in the Defenders--two acrobatic hand-to-hand combat specialists seemed like they'd have the same role. But they're not similar at all. Danny will be the dumb one on the team.
posted by mark k at 10:54 PM on March 21

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