Ok so for me, the show never got better.
It suffered the same bizarre coincidence storytelling that dragged Luke Cages second half down. Mild generic spoilers below:
Finn Jones is a terrible actor. His performance is unlikeable and unbelievable. He is terrible at the stunt work, he cant even run convincingly.
The character himself just REEKS of entitlement. He cant comprehend how people dont believe him or give him whateber he wants. He just tells people that he is awesome and that he is Iron Fist and people quite rightly give him blank stares (later, he claims everyone he told wants to use him as a weapon. This is a flat out lie.)
The character is written as unsympathetically emotionally unstable and abusive (he beats a student in a kung fu class he wasnt even invited to, let alone be in charge of)
People compare it to Ironman and Batman in terms of played out tropes, but its far worse than that. At least those two struck out and made themselves. Danny stumbles on a monastary and is 'destined' to be the one. He is just a petulant kid who wants all the best bits of both of his ide toties but without any of the responsibilities.
Seeing him get played by, and try to intimidate an old lady he is interrogating is fucking embarrasing.
A throwaway line by one character motivates him to
Travel to China and kidnap an old lady back to the US?!
Seeing him fall for a bugs bunny level honey trap in mid fight is even worse.
All the action is awful and lacks momentum, weight or stakes. Danny rarely punches anyone in the face and when someone gets badly hurt in his fights he freaks out. Like a kid doing karate moves in the playground.
Speaking of karate- the conflation between japanese and chinese arts is very clumsy. Its never really acknowledged, students of each tradition just kind of slip into the other whenever suits.
Rosario Dawson is wasted but at least her character seems as exasperated as I felt. I have no idea why she stuck around.
The character of Davos was interesting. He SHOULD have been the Iron Fist but the predestined golden boy was instead and fucked it up. Interesting how the same description could be applied to both actors because he would have made a far better Danny Rand.
The corporate bullshit was bullshit. And boring. I dont watch kung fu shows to see the trials and tribulations of being a billionaire.
As I said,I enjoyed the first 10 minutes but after that I dont have a single good thing to say about this piece of shit.
Anyway, I dont think theres anything here that you need to see in order to watch the Defenders, which is the only reason I watched it all. But I dont think most people dislike it as much as I did.