Episode 4: Eight Diagram Dragon Palm
In recalling the past three episodes, I used the word “frustrating” to describe a lot of my feelings towards Iron Fish. This episode replaces the word with “confusing.” The revelation that Harold Meachum is actually the victim here, and him letting Danny in on the secret baffles me. There’s no question he’s the antagonist in some shape or form, but at the same time his Elektra-esque resurrection sob story makes no sense. My suspicions towards Joy seemed to have been misplaced, and I was taken aback by the sudden 180 on Ward’s disposition to obey. At least Danny is back in Rand. Why wasn’t this episode two?
Let’s talk about why episode four exists in these series — the hallway fight scene. If we compare it to the Daredevil hallway/staircase fight scenes, this is definitely lacking. Yet, there’s some originality to it with the elevator bit and the editing. While it was the shortest and the least eventful, I still enjoyed the throwback to kung-fu movies in its aesthetic. Getting to see Colleen Wing as the “Daughter of the Dragon” was a great homage to her comic book counterpart. So far, Colleen is definitely the highlight of this show, and she’s the character with the least exposition. Same goes for Jeri Hogarth. She’s not a likable character, yet she’s the most interesting of them all.
There’s a lot of things happening in this series, but the motivation behind all these events is moot. What is the main plot? And why was the tattoo such a big reveal? I’m confused.