Fixing Iron Fist

If I was going to attempt to fix Iron Fist (something no one has asked me to do), I’d have started by changing Danny Rand into an Asian American, who crash landed with his family in the Himalayas, learned kung fu, and came back to America to fight evil ninjas.
At the very least, I would’ve cast an actual martial artist.
This is why an established or up and coming Asian action actor would’ve been great. They’d already have the chops. Even better, I’d hire an established stunt team to be part of the show. This would do two things. It’d give the show a great technical foundation to start with, and it would’ve given it much needed credibility.
Sure, fanboys would’ve complained, but, honestly, screw ’em. Danny Rand’s whiteness is not intrinsic to the character. What is interesting is his outsider nature. He can have that as an American-born Asian, and even better, he could have it in both the U.S. and his Himalayan second home. An outsider in two worlds would be very cool to explore.
Also, I’d drop the whole corporate angle. I’d just have Danny be rich, come back, and dealing with ninjas. Straight up, ninjas from the get go. And not like he’s surprised ninjas are operating in New York, but like he specifically came to take on The Hand.
Maybe The Hand stole an artifact from K’un Lun. Maybe their leader is a renegade master from K’un Lun, and Danny is honorbound to stop that master from bringing the martial arts secrets of K’un Lun to the outside world where they can do great damage.
Danny would also be freakin’ amazing at kung fu. He’d mow down a dozen armed men without breaking a sweat. It would only be when confronted by truly exceptional foes that he would ever break out his mystical iron fist. And even then, it wouldn’t be a “win” button. It’d be his skill in using it that solved the problem.
Stylistically, Iron Fist should be a much more aggressive show in its action elements. I know that Marvel on Netflix has this slow burn idea that bores the crap out of me, but it seems to work for most people. But by now, we’ve all seen it. Iron Fist could be the show that brings the action, raises the superhero stakes by focusing on the action more than any previous show. It won’t be considered as “smart”, but it could bring martial arts brilliance to the mainstream.
And that’s how I’d fix Iron Fist.
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Thoughts on Kong: Skull Island and the Kaiju Genre

I think it’s safe to say that I’m a pretty big B movie fan. This is the legacy of being a sci fi / fantasy fan. It’s easy to forget in this day where the sci fi blockbuster has become a staple of Summer cinema, but there was a time when science fiction and fantasy were generally the step children of cinema. Nobody was that excited to make those type of stories, and they were often considered sub-mainstream.

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Closet (short fiction)

Life in Rockwood

Caleb had been dating Rebecca Susan for a month before finally getting to third base. It hadn’t been an ordeal. It wasn’t as if he was only dating her to get into her pants. He liked Rebecca Susan a lot, but he was also ready for this. Had been ready for it for three weeks. Ever since their third date when she’d worn those torn jeans while singing the Pokemon theme song at karaoke night.

He slid those jeans down a few inches, waiting for her to say no, like she always did. And he’d wait, like he would. Because he liked her. Because there was plenty of time.

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TERRAN VALENTINE (short fiction)

Cindy & Cragg


Cragg handed Cindy a box of chocolates and a rose.

“Is this acceptable?” he asked.

She sniffed the flower. “Sure.”

“Ease up on the romance, big guy,” said Laura. “You’ll spoil her.”

Cragg had trouble with sarcasm, but Laura had given him enough exposure to have a loose grasp on the concept. He usually simply assumed Laura was being sarcastic, to be safe.

“Did I do something wrong?” he asked.

“No, not at all,” said Cindy. “It’s very sweet. Isn’t it, Laura?”

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