Netflix’s “Iron Fist”: a Symptom of Fatigue

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Super heroes have been dominating the movie industry for the last couple of years now and it has not spared the world of television. From shows like Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, Arrow, The Flash, and a few others, there has been an increase in these comic book series that feature a hero from either DC or Marvel. However, network television is not the only one clued in on this phenomenon. Netflix also features its own Marvel shows, such as Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage. The latest entry on Netflix being Iron Fist, which continues to develop the Defenders universe that has already been established by the other three shows.

Despite the success of all the prior super hero shows, however, Iron Fist stands out as the one with the lowest ratings among critics. This got me curious since I am not always on the same side as critical review, so I made sure to check out the show when it came out.

I started the first episode and waited patiently as the characters were introduced. I watched as the story began to present itself. Halfway through, I lost focus and turned it off.

Why did I do that?

I hardly ever lose focus on a show enough to shut it off right in the middle. So, what happened?

Well, I got bored. Actually, I laughed at the first fight scene then got bored.

To be fair to the show, it was the first episode and pilots are not usually the strongest part of a season but I just could not get through it. Every second felt like a chore and the character lacked the depth that the other three Netflix Marvel heroes have in their own pilots. So, that got me thinking about the super hero genre as a whole. Yes, there has been some great entertaining material produced from this genre, but at what point does it become a tedious task to watch?

For me, the main reason why I wanted to watch the show was to see how it expands on the Defenders universe while also wanting to see what the critics and fans had seen. Unfortunately, the negative criticisms were true for the most part.

Now, I will admit that my analysis is not complete since I did not even finish that first episode of Iron Fist. But, the idea of going back and watching it just sounds dreadful at this point. And, with the influx of super hero shows and movies, I at least have the option to pick out something else that I enjoy. However, this does beg the question of how much is too much?

Even though I love super heroes – and I do enjoy seeing them on the big and small silver screens – I think we are hitting a point where these new shows and films become an item to check off instead of something that we actually want to see. I mean, was this show even necessary? Probably not. They could have just stuck him in another character’s show like they did with the Punisher.

So, with all of this in mind, I am willing to admit that the super hero fatigue is real and that it is affecting me when it comes to watching this show. I just hope that it does not spread to other comic book properties but that all depends on how much more these studios are willing to produce.

“Saban’s Power Rangers” Spoiler Free Review

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Saban’s Power Rangers opened this weekend and earned $40.5 million at the box office which is not bad considering its competition. Though, Saban had planned for a sequel, it is not quite clear if that prospect will be possible. However, in the meantime, this current film itself does set up for a sequel. Personally, I hope that it will get the chance to continue as a film series since this movie established an intriguing take on the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers characters and mythos.

Despite some of the negative reviews I have seen, I enjoyed Saban’s Power Rangers. The opening scene alone was enough for me to be on board with the rest of the movie as the characters got introduced. Unlike the original show, these new rebooted versions of Jason, Billy, Kim, Zack, and Trini had back stories that gave them depth. It was the first half of the movie that provided a realism that I had never seen in Power Rangers before and I embraced it wholeheartedly.

Then, the second half of the movie rolled by. I have seen a lot of negative criticism at this part of the movie, but I still enjoyed it. I see criticisms pointing at how long it takes the Rangers to get their powers, but I actually liked that the film took its time to establish the characters. The movie put the characters first and then allowed for the powers to develop along the way. I liked seeing the progression of the story in this way. And, quite honestly, I think super hero movies would benefit from actually taking the time to show the characters struggling to figure out their powers. Besides, the big moment we all wanted does happen and it happens at the right time.

By the end of the movie, I felt satisfied as both a Power Ranger fan and a movie lover. The second the credits had finished crawling, I was already hungry for more. I really do want to see Saban’s Power Rangers continue on as a film franchise like the MCU or DCEU. It is my fear that the negative criticism as well as the unfortunate timing of this film’s release (pitting it against Beauty and the Beast ) will either challenge or undo any possibility for a sequel. Still, I will remain hopeful because that is what Power Rangers fans do best – we hope.

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Welcome to A Penny for My Thoughts.

This page is all about my thoughts on anything that interests me. From film, music, art, and even every day life, I plan on writing down my thoughts here to share with anyone who is interested in reading.

I already have a post to start with and it is a Spoiler Free Review of Saban’s Power Rangers movie. I will try my hand at reviews here and see where it goes.

Mostly, I want this blog to be a place where I can write about anything. I have two other blogs that have specific themes, but I think what I need is one that is just free and open.

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Thanks for listening.

-Michele