Into the Badlands (not the Springsteen song)


Into the Badlands stars Daniel Wu as ruthless, prodigiously skilled warrior Sunny, who mentors teenage boy M.K. during a spiritual journey across a feudal civilization known as the Badlands.

With the help of trained assassins like Sunny, the area is ruled by rival barons, and for decades Quinn has consistently outflanked and outmaneuvered his fellow barons to keep the upper hand. His invincibility, however, begins to fade in light of brazen attacks by the newest baron, The Widow, who believes M.K. is the key to her success. As the battle for control of the Badlands heats up, the destinies of the stoic assassin and the impetuous teenager become intertwined.

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Three episodes in of this six part series and it consistently improves. The cinematography is precise and sweeping. It is a homage to Eastern Cinema and captures the spirit of the reluctant journey of the samurai.

Daniel Wu is a fabulous choice as Sunny, the hero of the story, and he is agile as he is strong in the fight scenes. His co-star MK played by Aramis Knight, grapples on the precipice between childhood and becoming a man. As if this is not enough, there is a darkness within him that rages to get out. Is he human? Is he a superhero? Is he a demon? The “villain” of the piece, The Widow, wants to find out.

“Do you know why we call them colts? Because we have to break them…it’s the only way to make a clipper out of a boy.” Stephen Lang as Waldo.

The character of The Widow is, in my opinion, a promising character. She is the only female baron in a male dominated world and going against all social norms, she trains the only group of female clippers. These women are fast and strong, and they can best any man. The Widow, played by Emily Beecham, is a formidable appointment for Sunny. She is strong and she thirsts for power.

Halfway through and I am adoring this show. I am so pleased that Foxtel decided to express play this title from AMC. I am looking forward to seeing how this plays out.

 

This gets four samurais out of five!

 

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