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TV Review: The Shannara Chronicles 1.2: “Chosen” Part 2
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The Shannara Chronicles
Season 1 Episode 1: “Chosen: Part 2”
Directed by Jonathan Leibesman
Written by Terry Brooks (novel), Alfred Gough, and Miles Millar
Starring Poppy Drayton, Austin Butler, Ivana Baquero, Manu Bennett, John Rhys-Davies, Aaron Jakubenko, Emilia Burns, Mattias Inwood, Daniel MacPherson, Marcus Vanco, and Brooke Williams
MTV
Air Date: Tuesday, January 5, 2016, 10pm

Wow. The Shannara Chronicles is not messing around. The new MTV series definitely needed the two-hour series premiere, with the second part taking it from curiosity-invoking teen fantasy to fast-paced, unpredictable, exciting, full-scale magical journey.

Read more below for a spoiler-lite review of The Shannara Chronicles episode 1.2, “Chosen” Part 2, and be sure to also check out my review of Part 1.

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TV Review: The Shannara Chronicles 1.1 “Chosen” Part 1
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The Shannara Chronicles
Season 1 Episode 1: “Chosen: Part 1”
Directed by Jonathan Leibesman
Written by Terry Brooks (novel), Alfred Gough, and Miles Millar
Starring Poppy Drayton, Austin Butler, Ivana Baquero, Manu Bennett, John Rhys-Davies, Aaron Jakubenko, Emilia Burns, Mattias Inwood, Daniel MacPherson, Ella Rouhier, Marcus Vanco, and Brooke Williams
MTV
Air Date: Tuesday, January 5, 2016, 10pm

There has been a fair amount of buzz surrounding MTV’s The Shannara Chronicles, particularly since the show’s panel and trailer release at New York Comic-Con this past October. The premiere is finally here and I have a spoiler-lite look at Part 1 of the first episode, Chosen, for you here.

Starting with the very first scene, we are shown the grand scale of a magical, post-human world. Helicopters, towers, and buildings are in ruins, but have been in this state for quite some time, with layers of moss and green vines covering them.

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TV Review: Into The Badlands 1.4 “Two Tigers Subdue Dragons”
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Into The Badlands
Episode 1.4 “Two Tigers Subdue Dragons”
Directed by David Dobkin
Written by Michael Jones-Morales, Alfred Gough, Miles Millar
Starring Gabe Begneaud, Nazeema Bartek, Daniel Wu, Ruby Lou Smith, Aramis Knight, Ally Ioannides, Stephen Lang, Emily Beecham, Morgan Benoit, Marton Csokas, Sarah Bolger, Madeleine Mantock, Oliver Stark
AMC
Air date: Sunday, December 6, 2015, 10pm

War is brewing between the barons of Into the Badlands. Quinn (Martin Csokas) is looking for allies against The Widow (Emmy Beecham). Sunny (Daniel Wu) is stuck in the middle. He is the loyal head clipper for Quinn; but he yearns for freedom, and wants to escape with his pregnant girlfriend Veil (Madeleine Mantock). His interest has been piqued by a strange newcomer, M.K. (Aramis Knight) who shares a similar past as him, leading back to Asra (the land beyond the Badlands). So far through three episodes, Into the Badlands has been an assault on the senses in all the best ways. The show is colorful, sharp, and beautiful to behold… even when you’re watching bloody kung-fu action and violence.

Spoilers below.

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TV Review: Into The Badlands 1.3 “White Stork Spreads Wings”
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Into The Badlands
Episode 1.3 “White Stork Spreads Wings”
Directed by David Dobkin
Written by Justine Juel Gillmer, Alfred Gough, Miles Millar
Starring Gabe Begneaud, Nazeema Bartek, Daniel Wu, Ruby Lou Smith, Aramis Knight, Ally Ioannides, Stephen Lang, Emily Beecham, Morgan Benoit, Marton Csokas, Sarah Bolger, Madeleine Mantock, Oliver Stark
AMC
Air date: Sunday, November 29, 2015, 10pm

On Into The Badlands, Sunny (Daniel Wu) is a man in conflict. He is a clipper, a modern-day samurai/knight for the Baron, Quinn (Marton Csokas). Sunny has an unknown past: a medallion links him to Asra, a land beyond the Badlands. After years of violent service to Quinn, Sunny now has to protect his pregnant girlfriend Veil (Madeleine Mantock) and look after his new protege, the mysterious M.K. (Aramis Knight), who gets a little crazy (and possessed) when attacked. Quinn meanwhile has his own issues to deal with as the most powerful Baron. He is slowly dying of brain tumors, and he was happy to kill to protect that secret. He is also dealing with a possible alliance of the other Barons led by The Widow (Emily Beecham).

So far in the first two episodes of this new AMC series, the formula has been epic fight… character fueled plot… epic fight scene. Let’s see if we continue the trend in week 3 with Episode 1.3 “White Stork Spreads Wings.”

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TV Review: Into The Badlands 1.2 “Fist Like A Bullet”
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Into the Badlands, Season 1, Episode 2 review

Into The Badlands
Episode 1.2 “Fist Like a Bullet”
Directed by David Dobkin
Written by Alfred Gough, Miles Millar
Starring Gabe Begneaud, Nazeema Bartek, Daniel Wu, Ruby Lou Smith, Aramis Knight, Ally Ioannides, Stephen Lang, Emily Beecham, Morgan Benoit, Marton Csokas, Sarah Bolger, Madeleine Mantock, Oliver Stark
AMC
Air date: Sunday, November 22, 2015, 10pm

In our first introduction to AMC’s new show Into the Badlands, we meet Sunny (Daniel Wu) as he stumbles upon some nomads in the woods. After one of the most intense, bone-crunching fights you’ll ever watch, Sunny lays waste to all 10, including 9 at once. Sunny is a Clipper, a warrior trained like the knights/samurai of old to protect the land and resources of the Baron (Martin Csokas). It’s all very 10th grade global history, with a ultra cool modern twist. After the initial crazy fight, Sunny brings back a young boy, M.K. (Aramis Knight) to the Fort. M.K. has a pendant that is similar one Sunny possesses, one that echoes back to a land and time before the Barons, and beyond the Badlands. Baron Quinn trusts Sunny like a son, but that relationship may become complicated as Sunny is considering leaving with his pregnant girlfriend Veil (Madeleine Mantock).

Spoilers below!!!

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TV Review: Into The Badlands 1.1 “The Fort”
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Into the Badlands, Season 1, Episode 1

Into The Badlands
Episode 1.1 “The Fort”
Directed by David Dobkin
Written by Alfred Gough, Miles Millar
Starring Daniel Wu, Ruby Lou Smith, Aramis Knight, Ally Ioannides, Stephen Lang, Emily Beecham, Morgan Benoit, Marton Csokas, Sarah Bolger, Madeleine Mantock, Oliver Stark
AMC
Air date: Sunday, November 15, 2015, 10pm

Beware of spoilers!

It took me all of 5 minutes to fall head over heels for Into the Badlands, AMC’s new show that premiered Sunday night after The Walking Dead. After an opening narration introducing the post apocalyptic new world in which we have fallen back into a bizarre technological form of feudalism, Sunny (Daniel Wu), a Clipper (expert trained killer swordsmen), finds an overturned vehicle and a bunch of dead bodies on the road. When he pokes for answers in the woods, he is quickly engaged in a 1 on 9 battle. That does NOT go well for the 9! Everything about the scene is visceral, the bright red attire he wears, the sounds of each bone breaking, kick landing, body being impaled, and so on. With every kill my roars got louder and louder, until my wife asked from the other room what I was watching. And this was only the first 5 minutes!!!

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NYCC 2015: ‘The Shannara Chronicles’ Official Trailer
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Fans were formally introduced to MTV’s The Shannara Chronicles in a panel at New York Comic-Con on Saturday. The official trailer was shown to the audience by author Terry Brooks (writer of the bestselling novels on which the show is based), and executive producers Al Gough, Jonathan Liebesman, and Miles Millar. Not present were executive producers Jon Favreau and Dan Farah.

The trailer has now been released for our viewing pleasure, and you can watch it here below!

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NYCC 2015: AMC’s ‘Into The Badlands’ Panel
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The room was full and buzzing with excitement at New York Comic-Con, as the cast and crew for AMC’s newest martial arts series, Into The Badlands, made their way onto the stage. The actors in attendance included Daniel Wu (Sunny), Aramis Knight (M.K.), Marton Csokas (Quinn), Emily Beechum (The Widow), and Orla Brady (Lydia), along with Executive Producers Al Gough, Miles Millar, and Stephen Fung.

Check out the panel reveals, plus the Into the Badlands trailer below.

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‘Into The Badlands’ Trailer: Martial Arts Series Shows “No Mercy”
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Into The Badlands is AMC’s new 6-episode martial arts series, airing this November. First introduced at SDCC this past summer, this genre breaking show could be the key for a martial arts TV explosion, one we are all ready for, amidst the superhero and supernatural cavalcade of shows.

Watch the exciting trailers below.

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SDCC 2015: ‘Into The Badlands’ Panel & Official Trailer
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Into The Badlands, AMC’s new martial arts drama, unveiled their brand new trailer at San Diego Comic-Con, and although an exact date has not yet been revealed, we do know that the 6-episode 1st season will air this November.

Watch the trailer and the fight camp training video below.

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