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Marvels Iron Fist - (S01E01)


A man claiming to be Danny Rand shows up at Rand Enterprises... 15 years after Danny Rand and his parents died in a plane crash over the Himalayas. The current owners, Joy and Ward Meacham, are skeptical of the man's claims.

Episode Title: Snow Gives Way
Airs: 2017-03-17 at
  • Dan Fienberg

    Iron Fist feels like a step backward on every level, a major disappointment that already suffers from storytelling issues through the first six episodes made available to critics and would probably be mercifully skippable in its entirety if it weren't the bridge into the long-awaited Defenders crossover series.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Jeff Jensen

    Iron Fist--devoid of vision, lacking in executional chops--barely even tries. It assumes its own marvelousness and proceeds tediously from there, offering few satisfactions for any possible audience.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    What’s remarkable about Iron Fist is just how much is missing from it. There’s no visual language whatsoever, no sense of setting, no characters about whom you care (other than a little with Henwick’s Wing), no social message, zero sense of humor and no atmosphere. Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    We got a show that’s so lifeless that I have no interest in finishing out the season.

    UPROXX Full Review
  • Scott D. Pierce

    Iron Fist isn't dreadful, but it's certainly not good. There are a lot better things to watch (many on Netflix) than waste your time on this.

    The Salt Lake Tribune Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    It feels like an afterthought, one that will require more than half a day to dismiss.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Sophie Gilbert

    There’s a problem ... when it’s more entertaining to watch Danny strapped down on a gurney in the psych ward than it is to see him dispatch ninjas, special powers or no. Still, Iron Fist has its moments. ... Not enough to make 13 ponderous hours feel like less of a slog.

    The Atlantic Full Review
  • Alex Abad-Santos

    The clunky dialogue often creates the sense that the show doesn’t trust its audience. ... Everyone fights the same, and no one looks interesting doing it. Full Review
  • Jonathan L. Fischer

    Unfortunately, the trouble with Iron Fist doesn’t end once you start actually watching the show, which like its character, is occasionally sweet, frequently maddening, and ultimately kind of lost in Marvel’s New York.

    Slate Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    Is it too late to make her [Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick)] Iron Fist? Because the current guy doesn’t have the right mettle to defend anything.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Mike Hale

    The sad thing, and perhaps the hopeful thing, about the dawdling featurelessness of the early episodes is that you can see a better show struggling to get out.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Josh Bell

    The show’s corporate intrigue is tedious and boring, and Danny’s business rivals are less villainous than greedy and sleazy.

    Las Vegas Weekly Full Review
  • Danette Chavez

    The first half of the season is just a checked box. Filler episodes are one thing, but right now Iron Fist looks like a filler season.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Not as gritty as "Daredevil" or as cool as "Luke Cage" and "Jessica Jones," this latest component of what will be put together as "The Defenders" lands with more of a dull thud. If the Marvel-Netflix team-up has sought to assemble the Beatles of brooding brawls, think of "Iron Fist" as a notch below Ringo.

    CNN Full Review
  • Rob Lowman

    The biggest problems with it is pace and familiarity. It’s difficult to get a handle on Danny--an enigmatic lost rich kid with mystical powers--and parts of Iron Fist seem cribbed from other Marvel superhero tales. Jones does grow on you, especially after he begins to take on a kung-fu master persona, but there seems little special about the story or any of the characters.

    Los Angeles Daily News Full Review
  • Liz Shannon Miller

    Ultimately, Marvel’s Iron Fist feels incredibly inessential, even boring at times. It’s a show that doesn’t push for bigger themes, doesn’t seek to have its own voice beyond the Buddhist philosophy spouted by a white guy.

    Indiewire Full Review
  • Allison Keene

    Despite a very good cast and a great origin story, Iron Fist is predictable, a little hammy, and has no real sense of how to tell a cohesive story.

    Collider Full Review
  • Terry Terrones

    Marvel's Iron Fist gets off to a slow start. ... More concerning, however, is the lack of Iron Fist's signature moment. ... While it's a fun romp and stands on its own well enough, this new series is even more impressive when thought of as a bridge to a bigger world yet to come

    Colorado Springs Gazette Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    If Iron Fist pulls it punches in the originality department, it excels in thrilling martial arts action. [20 Mar - 2 Apr 2017, p.19]

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Robert Yaniz Jr.

    This is easily the least compelling Marvel Netflix series so far.

    We Got This Covered Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    Not one element of this plodding piece works. The action scenes lack spark, snap, and originality. None of the flat, by-the-numbers characters makes any lasting impression.

    Variety Full Review