Iron Fist proves criticproof, becomes Netflix’s most-binged show

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Just because critics love something, doesn’t mean it’s going to be popular with the masses. The converse is true. Very often, a critically slammed piece of work is a hit with the general populace, raking in sales and viewership numbers that go well beyond expectation.

And it looks like Netflix’s Iron Fist is just such an example. While critics (including us!) panned the streaming company’s latest super endeavour, it seems audiences liked it just fine. Here’s what we said of Iron Fist:

“Iron Fist doesn’t know what it wants to be. It ignored calls to update its lead for modern sensibilities, but it also all but refuses to acknowledge its pulpy eastern roots. Though it is not without its sporadic merits and has a much more entertaining back half, with its poor lead casting and – unforgivable in a story about a kung fu master – uninspired action direction, the result is a show that’s a bland shadow of what it could have been.”

Here’s what critics of critics had to say:

UP YER NOSE WITH A RUBBER HOSE!

In fact, Iron Fist has become Netflix’s most binged show… ever. So says research firm 7Park Data, who say that nearly 60% of streams on the premiere date were of episode 3 or higher, suggesting people were binging the hell out of it.

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Iron Fist also made up 14.6% of all Netflix streams on March 17, the series premiere date. That makes sense, but it’s the highest percentage any show has had on premiere that the company has measured. The sublime Stranger Things only accounted for a paltry 4%, while Luke Cage took 12.8%.

“The relationship between critic reviews and mass appeal has always been a complicated one,” said 7Park Data senior analyst Christopher Coby. “Consider the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and the long list of shows with top audience numbers but few Golden Globes or Emmy’s to show for it. The actual streams data tells us that what critics consider the best shows and what streaming viewers consider the best are sometimes two very different things. ‘Marvel’s Iron Fist’ is a case in point.”

What’s Iron Fist all about?

The Iron Fist comics are awesome retro Shaw Brothers-styled kung fu fantasy adventures that follows Danny Rand (Finn Jones), a wealthy industrialist who stumbles across the mystical city of K’un L’un when his plane crashes down in the Himalayas. There he discovers and is accepted into an ancient civilization and eventually becomes their “immortal weapon” aka champion Iron Fist, by literally punching a dragon in the heart. Returning home to New York after being assumed dead, he uses his newly acquired magical kung fu powers to battle villains and even engage in Mortal Kombat-esque fighting tournaments with other even cooler Immortal Weapons. Oh and he also tries to revive and run his family company.

One of the part critics disliked most about the show was that it focused far too much on that latter aspect.

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Last Updated: April 3, 2017

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Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • miaau

    Sounds a like a great show, AND I like the addition of the business premise, get Queen Consolidated back where it belongs!

    • Jim of the Banana

      You take that back! Rand Corp could buy Queen Industries ten times over!

  • Francois Knoetze

    Show wasnt bad but Dare Devil is still better

    • Jim of the Banana

      Amen brother! Loved the show, but as you said DareDevil season 1 is definitely better.

      • Francois Knoetze

        DUDE!!! SEASON 1 KICKED SO MUCH ASS!!!…I need to calm down bec those fight scenes gave me goosebumps.

  • Man what a waste of 13 hours…

    • Jim of the Banana

      Your face is a waste of 13 hours… wait.. what?

  • wafle7350 .

    The problem with the critics is that they give to much credence to identity politics and political correctness. We all knew this was going to be one of those 80s movies with cheese kung fu and exagerated orientalism, audices don’t care, but for critics, any violation of the: “Think of the marginalize!” (most of whom didnt gave a shit) a ” variation the: “Think of the children!”, is enough to hate the series with out looking at it’s merits.

    Honestly it wasn’t as good as the rest of netflix marvel series, but it wasn’t as bad as critics proclaimed, in fact, it reminded me of Arrow, who critics gave a freaking 9’s and 10’s… is it any wonder no one take’s them seriously? i rather go by IMDB than by critics, the only critics i trust are in the YouTube platform, at the very least, i know they don’t care about identity politics, and they are hold to the public scrutiny, not just some biased editorial.

    • Jim of the Banana

      You speak the truth! Here have an upvote!

  • Killber Amazuki

    I don’t care about what the critics said, they’re no better either, they’re just good at saying things but not actually good at making them, they can’t even make their own shows and let us be the critics. I really like the show and they’re all equally great to me. DD, JJ, LC and IF, they’re all brilliant.

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