Lead actor Finn Jones blamed Iron Fist's negative reception on Donald Trump. "I'm playing a white American billionaire superhero, at a time when the white American billionaire archetype is public enemy number one, especially in the US," Jones told Radio Times. "We filmed the show way before Trump's election, and I think it's very interesting to see how that perception, now that Trump's in power, how it makes it very difficult to root for someone coming from white privilege," he said.
More accurately, it's difficult to root for a show that simply isn't very good. Unlike sister series Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage, Netflix's attempt at bringing Iron Fist to the small screen is, well, boring. After binge-watching the series (not-recommended,) you'd be hard-pressed to recall one exciting action sequence, one memorable piece of dialogue, or one moment in which you found yourself appreciating Jones' acting.
There's simply no other way to spin it: Iron Fist barely punches with the force of an elementary school yellow belt. Despite all that, however, Netflix and Marvel are bringing Jones and Iron Fist back for at least another season.