Iron Fist: Season 1, Episode 3 “Rolling Thunder Cannon Punch” (C)
A few minutes into this episode, I decided to start keeping a count of the number of times Danny said “I’m Danny Rand!” I found myself sadly disappointed, as, unlike the previous two episodes, it was only actually uttered once, with “it’s Danny Rand” and “it’s my name, it means something” counting for partial credit. The action on this show, which is hard to find, still leaves much to be desired, with Danny hiding on Colleen’s ceiling at the start of the episode and then finally up for some violence when he fought the man attempting to torch his records and when he smacked Colleen’s ungrateful student who made a joke of what Danny considers an art form. The leopard punch didn’t impress me too much either, and I think Colleen is a far more formidable fighter, though she did get a bit cocky while trying to take down her opponent in the underground ring, something that worked out well enough for her in the end. Danny’s not laying low at all now, trying to make a peace offering with Joy only to have her offer him a deal to walk away and change his name. I couldn’t be happier than he decided to approach a character from the Netflix Marvel universe that we already know, Carrie-Anne Moss’ Jeri Hogarth, though she’s nowhere near as terrific as she was on “Jessica Jones.” Danny doesn’t care about money, but being recognized as who he keeps saying he is will end up happening that way. Harold’s trapped condition is an intriguing one, and it seems that he’s nowhere near as in charge of things as he makes it out to be.