So yeah, I finished it. I loved it. The director and guy who played were Rand were dead on, the early reviewers utterly fucked up here by only watching the first six episodes and judging the series based on them. I am not the biggest Iron Fist fan, so deviations I may have missed, but the series did risky slower burn for many things. So the early episodes have some really bad stuff in them, but once things get going around episode 6ish, they keep going. Also unlike the other series, the story is not really about Iron Fist. It is a story about Rand-Meachum, and fleshes out a lot of stuff that Daredevil just quickly dealt with. Madame Gao for example gets a lot more fleshed out for example. Because this was grounded into the Daredevil universe, where Daredevil is the martial arts master, Iron Fist went a different direction that was very risky, but I really dug. They focus on what it means to be an Iron Fist. The role of the Iron Fist is to destroy The Hand in this series. The Hand however to K'un-L'un is a boogyman, something they guard against but never seen.
Series is not a martial arts series, and the director does make the fact that it is not and should not be a focal point of the show. Rand's relationship with Iron Fist comes post episode 6 and really defines him and sets him apart from guys like Daredevil. The story revolves around Rand Corporation, which true to the comics, is run by the surviving members of the Meachum, who grew up with Rand. Ward becomes Harold's son.
The fights, I liked a lot. The ones in the first few episodes were lame, but the ones that come later were much better. Great fight against a girl who's name I forget that was good, and I loved the way they did the Steel Serpent fight. This is the unpowered Serpent. But yeah, the first fights were awful. Also logically, Rand can DESTROY any mortal foe with the fist, and some immortal ones, so they went a different way than expected with his fights. They do a fun take on Poison that is really good.
Being the lead in to Defenders, this show does a HARD sell bringing a lot of people back. Claire, Madam Gao and Jeri Hogarth all appear, and Cage camoes. The actual Davos appears as Steel Serpent. Elektra's fate while not directly addressed is made obvious as well. The Hand plays a heavy role here, and it was up to this director to make them into something that is more than just demonic ninjas. And he nailed it here. I assume Defenders will get into the demon side of things more, but this showed the daily lives of the Hand when they are not ninjas.
So yeah, great series, that rewards people who watched the others very well. Is it the best Iron Fist series that could have been made? Odds are no, but within the limitations of a shared universe that Rand really is not a part of yet, they did a damn good job, and cleaned up a lot of stuff that Daredevil did kind of sloppy to lead into Defenders.
He killed her Father, who she just learned was alive. Also we seen how manipulative the Hand can be with Wing.SpoilerBut Danny didn't kill him. Ward did. She knows her father is a monster and did bad things. The way she left him that last time, she was straight up done with him. Her wanting Danny dead now is just not even remotely believable.