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TV Review: Into The Badlands 2.10 “Chapter XVI: Wolf’s Breath, Dragon Fire” (Finale)
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Into The Badlands
Episode 2.10 “Chapter XVI: Wolf’s Breath, Dragon Fire”
Directed by Paco Cabezas
Written by Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, Matt Lambert
Created by Alfred Gough, Miles Millar
Starring Daniel Wu, Orla Brady, Sarah Bolger, Aramis Knight, Emily Beecham, Oliver Stark, Madeleine Mantock, Ally Ioannides, Nick Frost, Marton Csokas, Chipo Chung
AMC
Air date: Sunday, May 21st, 2017, 10pm

The end of season 2 of Into The Badlands is here and it’s bittersweet. I always hate season finales of my favorite shows. No one likes saying good-bye. On a show like AMC’s Into the Badlands, it can mean saying goodbye in more ways than one. Sunny (Daniel Wu) fought his way back “into the Badlands” with one intention guiding him the whole way… find Veil (Madeleine Mantock) and his baby. While he and new pal Bajie (Nick Frost) worked their way in, the Badlands were crazy with battles, betrayals, and Barons, oh my. Quinn (Marton Csokas) survived Sunny’s attack and has been living with Veil as his “guest.” The Widow (Emily Beecham) has been the true dominant force of the season. When she was essentially given a death sentence during the conclave, her response was to form an alliance with Quinn. This alliance led to Jade’s (Sarah Bolger) removal from the Fort, Ryder’s (Oliver Stark) death, Lydia’s (Orla’s Brady) capture, and Veil’s return to Quinn after an escape. When that was done, it appeared Sunny and Widow would align, but then Widow was exposed to have traded Veil. The Widow was left falling apart, fighting her own daughter and regent Tilda (Ally Ioannides) at the end of last week’s episode. Will Sunny find Veil and have a final showdown with Quinn? Will The Widow finally get what she wants out of M.K. (Aramis Knight)? Will I be able to cope with no Badlands for the rest of the year?!

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TV Review: Into the Badlands 2.9 “Chapter XV: Nightingale Sings No More”
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Into The Badlands
Episode 2.9 “Chapter XV: Nightingale Sings No More”
Directed by Paco Cabezas
Written by Justin Britt-Gibson
Created by Alfred Gough, Miles Millar
Starring Daniel Wu, Orla Brady, Sarah Bolger, Aramis Knight, Emily Beecham, Oliver Stark, Madeleine Mantock, Ally Ioannides, Nick Frost, Marton Csokas, Chipo Chung
AMC
Air date: Sunday, May 14th, 2017, 10pm

Last week on AMC’s Into the Badlands, Sunny finally returned and found himself right in the middle of the Baron Chau (Eleanor Matsuura) vs. Widow (Emily Beecham) stand-off. Sunny (Daniel Wu) aligned with Chau, but when the moment was at hand… teamed with Widow on the promise of finding Veil (Madeleine Mantock) and getting to kill Quinn (Marton Csokas). M.K. (Aramis Knight) was used as bait but at least that got him closer to Tilda (Ally Ioannides). Tilda meanwhile, was starting to see mommy Widow for who she really is, especially after Veil called her out. It might be an explosive Mother’s Day for The Widow if Tilda plays that card.

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TV Review: Into The Badlands 2.8 “Chapter XIV: Sting Of The Scorpion’s Tail”
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Into The Badlands
Episode 2.8 “Chapter XIV: Sting Of The Scorpion’s Tail”
Directed by Stephen Fung
Written by LaToya Morgan
Created by Alfred Gough, Miles Millar
Starring Daniel Wu, Orla Brady, Sarah Bolger, Aramis Knight, Emily Beecham, Oliver Stark, Madeleine Mantock, Ally Ioannides, Nick Frost, Marton Csokas, Chipo Chung
AMC
Air date: Sunday, May 7th, 2017, 10pm

Last week on AMC’s Into the Badlands, Sunny (Daniel Wu) was forced to confront the demons in his head after being poisoned by the Abbots. It was Bajie (Nick Frost) and M.K. (Aramis Knight) who had to rescue Sunny for a change by breaking INTO the monastery both men had previously escaped. This led to an awesome battle between the two and the Master (Chipo Chung) and the Abbots. Meanwhile, Quinn (Marton Csokas) and Widow (Emily Beecham) got off on the right foot in their alliance, as Quinn got Veil (Madeleine Mantock) back and captured his former bride Jade (Sarah Bolger). With Sunny saved, it’s onwards to the Badlands to regain his wife and child. He’s willing do anything, and let nothing stand in his way.

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TV Review: Into The Badlands 2.7 “Chapter XIII: Black Heart, White Mountain”
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Into The Badlands
Episode 2.7 “Chapter XIII: Black Heart, White Mountain”
Directed by Stephen Fung
Written by Michael Taylor
Created by Alfred Gough, Miles Millar
Starring Daniel Wu, Orla Brady, Sarah Bolger, Aramis Knight, Emily Beecham, Oliver Stark, Madeleine Mantock, Ally Ioannides, Nick Frost, Marton Csokas, Chipo Chung
AMC
Air date: Sunday, April 30th, 2017, 10pm

Last week on AMC’s Into the Badlands, we had unions and reunions that served to bring all the characters back together. Sunny (Daniel Wu) and Bajie (Nick Frost) re-entered the Badlands and met up with M.K. (Aramis Knight) who was fleeing the Abbots from the monastery. This led to a suitably epic showdown between Sunny and former UFC fighter Cung Le and the reveal that Bajie is actually a runaway Abbot with his own secret powers. Sunny continues trying to get back to Veil and his baby; all the while she has been held prisoner by Quinn (Marton Csokas) whose brain tumor is making him more and more maniacal. Veil (Madeleine Mantock) thought she found refuge with The Widow (Emily Beecham), but she did not count on an alliance between Widow and Quinn. We are one step closer to Sunny finding Quinn, Veil and his seeing his baby for the first time. Last night’s episode was directed by Stephen Fung, who has been executive producer and fight director since Into the Badlands debuted, which means this episode should be fueled by fight sequences the typically great ItB choreography.

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TV Review: Into The Badlands 2.6 “Leopard Stalks Through Snow”
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Into The Badlands
Episode 2.6 “Leopard Stalks Through Snow”
Directed by Paco Cabezas
Written by Matt Lambert
Created by Alfred Gough, Miles Millar
Starring Daniel Wu, Orla Brady, Sarah Bolger, Aramis Knight, Emily Beecham, Oliver Stark, Madeleine Mantock, Ally Ioannides, Nick Frost, Marton Csokas, Chipo Chung
AMC
Air date: Sunday, April 23rd, 2017, 10pm

The second season of AMC’s Into the Badlands keeps on rolling along its bloody path. Last week, Sunny (Daniel Wu) and Bajie (Nick Frost) found a path back to the Badlands, but it came at a cost, and that cost proved too much for Sunny’s conscience. In an amazing technical display, Sunny (and a little Bajie) kicked butt and absconded with a vehicle, leaving a new enemy in their wake. Back inside the Badlands, the Barons were reeling after Quinn (Marton Csokas) surprised everyone at the Conclave, leaving his son dead. Tortured by Ghost Ryder (Oliver Stark), and riddled by a brain tumor, Quinn is left a stammering, shaky leader who holds baby Henry at knifepoint. Veil (Madeleine Mantock) was able to convince Quinn to surrender Henry to her. At that moment, Lydia (Orla Brady) led her former husband and dead son’s army against Quinn, a distraction that allowed Veil to escape. The major conflict last week was an internal one, where The Widow (Emily Beecham) wrestled with her choices after the conclave. Waldo (Stephen Lang) advised her to capture Quinn for the Barons to get back in their good graces, but The Widow isn’t one to compromise so easily. She chooses an alliance with Quinn against the other Barons, something I personally cannot wait to see develop.

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TV Review: Into The Badlands 2.5 “Monkey Leaps Through Mist”
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Into The Badlands S02E05 Review

Into The Badlands
Episode 2.5 “Monkey Leaps Through Mist”
Directed by Latoya Morgan
Written by Paco Cabezas
Starring Daniel Wu, Orla Brady, Sarah Bolger, Aramis Knight, Emily Beecham, Oliver Stark, Madeleine Mantock, Ally Ioannides, Nick Frost, Marton Csokas, Chipo Chung
AMC
Air date: Sunday, April 16th, 2017, 10pm

Last week on AMC’s Into the Badlands, Quinn (Marton Csokas) made his dramatic return during the conclave, unintentionally saving The Widow (Emily Beecham) who was just targeted for death. After a fairly epic battle between all the past and current Barons, Quinn chased down his son and usurper Ryder (Oliver Stark) and stabbed him to death in a heartbreaking scene… no pun intended. While Quinn made his play, Veil (Madeleine Mantock) made hers, attempting to escape after killing one of Quinn’s men. Alas, she was locked in and is still a prisoner. Sunny and Bajie were not even featured last week, this week on Episode 2.5, they move closer to the Badlands…

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TV Review: Into The Badlands 2.4 “Palm Of The Iron Fox”
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Into The Badlands
Episode 2.4 “Palm Of The Iron Fox”
Directed by Toa Fraser
Written by Daniel C. Connolly
Starring Daniel Wu, Orla Brady, Sarah Bolger, Aramis Knight, Emily Beecham, Oliver Stark, Madeleine Mantock, Ally Ioannides, Nick Frost, Marton Csokas, Chipo Chung
AMC
Air date: Sunday, April 9th, 2017, 10pm

Warning: Spoilers for Into the Badlands below:

Last week on Into the Badlands, Sunny (Daniel Wu) and Bajie (Nick Frost) had an intense encounter with an infamous ex-Clipper, that ended with the duo escaping after a brutal battle. Sunny’s refusal to kill was almost Batman-like, but I think he’s saving up his remaining kills for when he gets back to the Badlands. In the Badlands, it’s all about the Conclave, a meeting of Barons called by Ryder (Oliver Stark). The Widow (Emily Beecham) sees this as an opportunity to unite other barons to her cause. The wildcard in all of this is Quinn (Marton Csokas). First, he is presumed dead, and second he has built and trained himself a reliable army of clippers. Does Quinn make a play at the Fort that once was his, against his son and former fiancé Jade (Sarah Bolger), who betrayed him?

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TV Review: Into The Badlands 2.3 “Red Sun, Silver Moon”
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Into The Badlands
Episode 2.3 “Red Sun, Silver Moon”
Directed by Toa Fraser
Written by Michael Taylor
Starring Daniel Wu, Orla Brady, Sarah Bolger, Aramis Knight, Emily Beecham, Oliver Stark, Madeleine Mantock, Ally Ioannides, Nick Frost, Marton Csokas, Chipo Chung
AMC
Air date: Sunday, April 2nd, 2017, 10pm

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Last week on Into the Badlands, Sunny (Daniel Wu) and his not-by-choice sidekick Bajie (Nick Frost), escaped from the mining colony but encountered a problem in a gigantic wall that separates them from the Badlands. Meanwhile, Sunny’s child is alive and well as Veil (Madeleine Mantock) is protected by the very much alive and thriving Baron Quinn (Marton Csokas), who is busy rebuilding an army of new clippers. Over the first two episodes, the dominant force has been the ladies as both The Widow (Emily Beecham) and Lydia (Orla Brady) asserted battlefield dominance in gory fashion. The Widow is keen to take over the entire Badlands once and for all, and sets her sights on Lydia’s son Ryder (Oliver Stark), who seems unimpressed with his mother’s attempts to help. While many fight for power and control, M.K. (Aramis Knight) struggles to keep his inner demons at bay at a monastery, being tutored there by The Master (Chipo Chung).

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TV Review: Into The Badlands 2.2 “Force Of Eagle’s Claw”
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Into The Badlands
Episode 2.2 “Force of Eagle’s Claw”
Directed by Nick Copus
Written by Matt Lambert
Starring Daniel Wu, Orla Brady, Sarah Bolger, Aramis Knight, Emily Beecham, Oliver Stark, Madeleine Mantock, Ally Ioannides, Nick Frost, Marton Csokas, Chipo Chung
AMC
Air date: Sunday, March 26, 2017, 10pm

Warning: Spoilers for Into the Badlands below:

We returned to the world of the Badlands last week on AMC with the Season 2 premiere of Into The Badlands and life is not good for former clipper Sunny (Daniel Wu). He is a prisoner in a Mad Max-style mining colony stuck with fellow inmate Bajie (Nick Frost), both looking for a way out. Meanwhile M.K. (Aramis Knight) is training at a monastery trying to control his powers and the Badlands are up for grabs as The Widow (Emily Beecham) tries to consolidate the territory lost by Baron Quinn (Marton Csokas) who was thought dead… that is until he turns up holding a beautiful new baby: Veil’s baby, Sunny’s baby.

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TV Review: Into The Badlands 2.1 “Tiger Pushes Mountain”
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AMC's Into the Badlands

Into The Badlands
Episode 2.1 “Tiger Pushes Mountain”
Directed by Nick Copus
Written by Alfred Gough & Miles Millar
Starring Daniel Wu, Orla Brady, Sarah Bolger, Aramis Knight, Emily Beecham, Oliver Stark, Madeleine Mantock, Ally Ioannides, Nick Frost, Marton Csokas, Chipo Chung
AMC
Air date: Sunday, March 19th, 2017, 10pm

In the late Fall of 2015, AMC debuted Into the Badlands, and it took me all of 5-minutes to be floored by the show. A wild mix of post-apocalyptic steampunk, techno-feudalism and martial arts, Into the Badlands stars Daniel Wu as Sunny, the head clipper for Baron Quinn (Marton Csokas). The Barons control their piece of land, and with guns a thing of the past, young warriors are trained to fight with blades and other weapons. The fight sequences and choreography were some of the best ever for television and a standout for the series. When a strange teen, M.K. (Aramis Knight) who unleashes superhuman power when he bleeds, show up in the Badlands everything changes for Sunny. Sunny begins having conflicts of self; his loyalty torn between his father-like Baron, his pregnant girlfriend Veil (Madeleine Mantock), and the world beyond the Badlands. In the end, a mammoth war broke out, Quinn stabbed Sunny in the back, and Sunny and M.K. attempted to escape, only to fall into a trap.

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