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This weekend on TV: Netflix/Marvel’s ‘Iron Fist’ is not worth binging

First Published      Last Updated Mar 17 2017 10:54 am

Netflix and Marvel are up at bat with their latest superhero series, and it's a swing and a miss. Or, at least, a bad foul into the stands.

"Iron Fist," which begins streaming on Netflix on Friday, is underwhelming at best. Danny Rand (Finn Jones) is presumed dead when his mega-wealthy family's private jet crashes in the Himalayas. But Danny survives; he's raised by warrior monks; and when he returns to New York 15 years later, he's a superhero.

The show has gotten a good deal of criticism because of its cultural stereotypes and insensitivity — it's yet another Great White Hope — and that criticism has merit.

"Iron Fist" isn't dreadful, but it's certainly not good. There are a lot better things to watch (many on Netflix) than waste your time on this.

Friday on TV ...

• NCAA men's basketball tournament: Michigan vs. Oklahoma State (10:15 a.m., CBS/Ch. 2); Baylor vs. New Mexico State (10:40 a.m., truTV); Arkansas vs. Seton Hall (11:30 a.m., TNT); Oregon vs. Iona (noon, TBS); Louisville vs. Jacksonville State (12:45 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2); SMU vs. USC (1:10 p.m., truTV); North Carolina vs. Texas Southern (2 p.m., TNT); Creighton vs. Rhode Island (2:30 p.m., TBS); Kansas vs. North Cal-Davis (4:50 p.m., TNT); Dayton vs. Wichita State (5:10 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2); Duke vs. Troy (5:20 pm., TBS); Cincinnati vs. Kansas State (5:27 p.m., truTV); Miami (Fla.) vs. Michigan State (7:20 p.m., TNT); Kentucky vs. Northern Kentucky (7:40 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2); South Carolina vs. Marquette (7:50 p.m, TBS); UCLA vs. Kent State (7:57 p.m., truTV)

• College softball (6 p.m., P12N): Utah at UCLA

• "Last Man Standing" (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Mike and Vanessa disagree over how Eve should handle it when her boyfriend doesn't invite her to a family event.

• "Grimm" (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Eve takes on the mysterious force she saw in the mirror, which lands her in unfamiliar territory.

• "The Originals" (7 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): In the Season 4 premiere, Marcel welcomes the un-sired vampires to New Orleans, only to find they pose a threat to his rule.

• ECHL hockey (7 p.m., KMYU): Colorado Eagles at Utah Grizzlies

• Men's college volleyball (7 p.m., BYUtv): Hawaii at BYU

• "Dr. Ken" (7:30 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Pat asks Ken to put a good word in for him with the CEO of Welltopia.

• "Truth and Lies: The Family Manson" (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Two-hour look back at Charles Manson, his cohorts and his crimes.

• "Sleepy Hollow" (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): A mysterious woman finds her way into the vault; Alex finds herself in a tight spot.

• "Reign" (8 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Lord Darnley must demonstrate his loyalty to Mary; Catherine and Narcisse try to repair King Charles' reputation.

• College baseball (8 p.m., P12N): Utah at Washington

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