Monday, May 22, 2017

TV Show Review: Into the Badlands (Season 2)

AMC's wild dystopia, action-packed tv show returned for a second season that expanded the world and continued the break-neck pace. Sunny (Daniel Wu) has been trapped working as a prisoner in a mind when he befriends Bajie (Nick Frost) and demonstrated his fighting ability to survive. Meanwhile, the Widow (Emily Beecham) conspires to regain the throne as a respected Baron. Quinn (Marton Csokas) has retreated below ground and works to rebuild an army but has captured Sunny's wife Veil (Madeleine Mantock) and their baby.

Sunny escapes his confines and sets out on the road with Bajie to find Sunny's wife. Bajie has a mysterious past too that ties to M.K. (Aramis Knight) and his current predicament, training with monks in a strange mountain area. Sunny takes on all challengers as this season continue to impress with awesome fight scenes and swordplay as guns have been outlawed in the Badlands. Through is training M.K. Learns that he killed his family with the powers that he was unable to control. M.K. becomes convinced that he must escape from his training and find a city. 

The Widow teams up with Wald (Stephen Lang) to go to a meeting of the Barons. She confronts Baron Chau (Eleanor Matsuura) and it turns out that she had teamed up with Quinn who murders his son Ryder (Oliver Stark) to take back his title. The Widow and Quinn turn out to be a lethal combination but it hardly lasts between the two strong personalities. Sunny confronts the monks as he encounters M.K. again. It turns out the Bajie had the same power which explains his amazing fighting ability. 

Helping the Widow with her power grab is Tilda (Ally Ioannides), though she has become impatient with being held back. Sunny and Bajie run into M.K. and together they travel back to the Baron stronghold. Sunny is rendered unconscious and nearly dead. He travels to a dream world where his son is grown and he lives on a farm with Veil. However, Sunny cannot escape his deadly past as a clipper as the murdered individuals come back and haunt him. Bajie and M.K. sneak back into the monk's lair and uses magic to revive Sunny.

Sunny returns to save Veil but Quinn has other plans, marrying Veil but also employing the help of his first wife Lydia (Orla Brady). Lydia and Veil conspire against Quinn as Sunny teams up with the Widow. However, when Sunny discovers that Veil has married Quinn, he turns on the Widow. Tilda and M.K. have formed a friendship and when Tilda discovers the Widow has betrayed them, she fights the Widow but loses. In turns out that Bajie had trained the Widow long ago. In the final episode, Sunny and Bajie confront Quinn and his army in a gory battle. Sunny fights Quinn and wins but Veil has to sacrifice herself to kill Quinn. I don't always pay attention to all of the politics and don't think the acting isn't spectacular, but the action fight scenes are amazing and the show is enjoyable. 

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