What to watch this weekend: 'Iron Fist,' 'Deidra and Laney Rob a Train'
Weekend couch planner
Summon the power: Marvel's Iron Fist
The final character storyline before The Defenders can team up arrives Friday on Netflix. Danny Rand (Finn Jones, Game of Thrones) has been presumed dead for 15 years and returns to New York to reclaim his family's company. But regaining his identity proves to be a lot harder than he expected. His childhood friends now run his father's company, and they fight him at every turn to keep their corporate power. On top of that, something sinister is brewing in the city, forcing Danny to start using the martial arts skills he learned in the mythical city of K'un-L'un. To save the city, he'll have to summon the power of the Iron Fist. 3 a.m. Friday, Netflix.
Teen capers: Deidra & Laney Rob a Train
Teens just want to have fun, save up for college and maybe commit a bit of larceny in their free time. In Deidra & Laney Rob a Train, Deidra (Ashleigh Murray) and Laney (Rachel Crow) are two teenage sisters whose mother's on-the-job meltdown results in jail time and a hefty bail. So, naturally, they aim to get cash by robbing a train that rumbles by their home. This Netflix original movie isn't as dark as it sounds. It's full of snarky teen spirit, ferocity and energy, but remains rooted with themes of place and class. The movie originally premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, but is now streaming on Netflix.
Black comedy and nuance: Fargo
The second season of Noah Hawley's anthology series Fargo, which premiered in 2015 and is arguably everyone's favorite, hits Hulu today. Just in time for a proper binge session before the third season premieres April 19. Set in the Midwest, the season follows a young couple (Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons) who try to cover up a hit-and-run and murder while Minnesota law enforcement officers investigate killings related to the victim. The Blumquists quickly become embroiled in a crime war when they try to conceal what normal people would consider an accident. Like Season 1, the second is full of lovable characters who show what happens when a seemingly average person stumbles into a crime. Also stars Patrick Wilson, Jean Smart and Ted Danson. Now streaming on Hulu.
A bloody eternity: The Originals
The Vampire Diaries may have ended its eight-year run last week, but the first family of vampires live on in CW's The Originals. The events of the show occur about two years ahead of The Vampire Diaries and follow ancient vampires Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Elijah (Daniel Gillies) returning to New Orleans to regain some Mikaelson family power and hopefully a quieter life. But that would be boring, right? The end of the third season saw Lucien, the first vampire ever created by the Mikaelsons, arrive in the city to share news of a prophecy that foretells the family's gruesome demise. The fourth season of The Originals premieres at 8 p.m. Friday on CW.
Enter dystopia: Into the Badlands
AMC's martial arts drama was a hit with viewers when it first premiered in 2015. Into the Badlands is set in a dystopian future, where a feudal society has risen to wealth and power. The Badlands is divided among seven rival Barons who control resources and enforce their law with loyal armies of Clippers. Few Clippers ever make it past 30, but Sunny (Daniel Wu) is an exceptional fighter with lethal skill. The first season ended with Sunny and the secretly powerful M.K. (Aramis Knight) at odds, but the second season promises more fantastic costumes and intense fight scenes. 10 p.m. Sunday, AMC.
Upcoming streaming releases
Saturday: The Vampire Diaries, Season 8 (Netflix)
Monday: Fear Inc. (Hulu)
March 24: The Most Hated Woman in America (Netflix)
March 29: Harlots (Hulu), A Man Called Ove (Amazon)
March 31: 13 Reasons Why (Netflix), Five Came Back (Netflix)
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