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– by Tim Jousma

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In an interview with the British newspaper Metro, Finn Jones has commented on the recent negative critical reception the new Netflix Marvel television show Iron Fist has received. Critics recently received the first six episodes of the show and to say it was not well received would be putting it mildly.  In the interview, Finn stated that “What I will say is these shows are not made for critics, they are first and foremost made for the fans.”

If there is anything that annoys me in the entertainment industry, it’s when folks use the phrase that the product they’re making is “not made for critics”. That phrase tries to capture two things at once. One, it is trying to imply that critics sit back in their Corinthian leather chairs sipping a fine port while taking a few minutes of their day to watch the dreck that entertains the masses. Second, it implies that fans of certain genres, like action, superhero, horror, or the like, are going to be satisfied with the results of a product regardless of its quality. 

The Marvel Netflix shows have been some of the most well received television shows in a long time. Not because of their particular genre, but because they were well made. For my money, season one of Daredevil is just as good as the first season of shows like The Sopranos, Breaking Bad, or Game of Thrones. It told a great story while introducing you to some amazing characters. It just happened to be about a superhero. 

Hearing the star of Iron Fist subconciously belittle fans by implying Iwe’re going to like something simply because we’re fans of that type of entertainment isn’t giving me reason to be excited for the show. When he said in the interview “…fans of the comic books view the show through the lens of just wanting to enjoy a superhero show, then they will really enjoy what they see,” he misses the point of what made the other Marvel Netflix shows good. Why the fans enjoyed them. It wasn’t because it had superheroes in it. They told good stories. They had good characters. It was compelling television. Saying a show is made for the fans is a cop out when you’re trying to convince yourself that the critics are wrong. And in this case it doesn’t sound too convincing.

Marvel’s Iron Fist debuts on Netflix on March 17th. 

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SOURCE:  Metro UK