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Into the Badlands Season 3 Episode 4 Review: Blind Cannibal Assassins

Nice job, Into the Badlands. You continue to hold your own this season. For the most part, you stay consistent with the pace and quality of your storytelling. You give us beautifully choreographed fight scenes every week. And, what's more, you expect us to handle thought-provoking philosophical concepts on a regular basis now. Keep up the good work, kiddo. "Blind Cannibal Assassins" is a great episode of Into the Badlands, but there’s one thing that keeps it from being fantastic: the performances. Everyone’s line delivery was a little flat. They shouldn’t have been, because the script is one of the series’ sharper ones. Is it the direction then? Possibly, but I don’t want to point fingers at anyone. What I do want to do though is comment on the fact that during some scenes it feels like just another day at the office for the cast of Into the Badlands. "Oops, we’ve been locked up by blind cannibals who have kidnapped your precious firstborn son." You can’t feel the stakes, which are supposed to be fairly high, right? But no. This isn't a season finale, so we can get away with phoning it in. We haven't even reached the halfway mark yet. READ MORE...

Into the Badlands Season 3 Episode 3 Review: Leopard Snares Rabbit

One of the reasons why Into the Badlands is a stronger show this season is that it has a surprisingly rich lore for a series that doesn’t even have twenty episodes yet. On top of that, it has an ever-shifting web of allegiances that is hypnotizing to behold because all characters are pretty much self-serving no matter what favors they do for others. But hey, this is post-post-apocalyAmericaercia. What do you expect? So. We have to talk about The Widow. To make a pop culture analogy that virtually everyone will understand, she's being a Regina George. That means the other girls in school are trying to be nice to her to get on her good side so they can be popular, too. READ MORE...

Into The Badlands Season 3 Episode 1 Review: Enter The Phoenix

There was a time when I didn’t think much of Into The Badlands. The year was 2015, and the world was a different place. Obama was still president. AMC was riding The Walking Dead wave higher than it is now. The X-Files revival was just a twinkling in our eye. I had recently started writing for Den of Geek, and I was excited because I remember reading their articles when I was in high school. Pretty sure other things were going on in the world, but my memory's a bit foggy. Anyway, I specifically requested to review Into the Badlands after reading a list of shows that were about to premiere that year. I was somewhat excited because it was described as a Kung-Fu action program, and I was working part-time at a bar called Badlands at the time. So, I felt writing about the show would be cosmically appropriate. Also, more than a little ironic. READ MORE...

Into the Badlands Season 2 Episode 10 Review: Wolf's Breath, Dragon Fire

Intense. Exhilarating. Insane. Evocative. Intoxicating. Eerie. Heartbreaking. Tantalizing. THAT'S how you do a season finale! On Into the Badlands Season 2 Episode 10 , we get emotionally whipsawed back and forth, going from one pulse-pounding action sequence after another, to an out of the blue, gut-wrenching death. Add to that a surreal, WTF ending, and you have one of the best season finales of ANY show in years. ...Read More...   https://www.tvfanatic.com/2017/05/into-the-badlands-season-2-episode-10-review-wolfs-breath-dragon/

Into the Badlands Season 2 Episode 9 Review: Nightingale Sings No More

As the old saying goes, Karma's a bitch. For The Widow, her chickens came home to roost, and karma came crashing down around her like a ton of bricks. On Into the Badlands Season 2 Episode 9 , we got confirmation on what was telegraphed for awhile: The Widow and Flea are one in the same. I give major kudos to the casting people: the girl they chose to play Flea was a perfect look a like. She was totally adorable! ...Read More...   https://www.tvfanatic.com/2017/05/into-the-badlands-season-2-episode-9-review-nightingale-sings-no/

Into The Badlands: "Sting Of The Scorpion's Tail" Review

Into the Badlands' second season is getting down to the wire, and that means it's time to start bringing the main cast back together. That's exactly what "Sting of the Scorpion's Tail" accomplished this week. After last week's relatively underwhelming installment, it was nice to see some significant progress as the show built towards a big showdown between Sunny, the Widow and Quinn. It certainly didn't hurt that this episode opened strong with one of the more memorable fight sequences of recent weeks. I really enjoy the fact that every fight in this show feels a little different from what's come before, either in terms of styles used or cinematic influences. This one had a vague wuxia quality to it, with the emphasis on billowing billowing curtains and graceful swordplay. It reminded me more than a little of the showdown between Broken Sword and the King of Qin in 2002's Hero. READ MORE...

Into The Badlands: "Black Heart, White Mountain" Review

Into the Badlands was a very Sunny-driven show in its first season, but much less so in Season 2. That's generally been to the show's benefit. If anything, "Black Heart, White Mountain" proved that it's possible to focus too much attention on Sunny and the gang, to the detriment of the show's other major players. Sunny may have defeated Cyan in mortal combat last week, but Cyan nearly had the last laugh as he left his opponent to die a slow, painful death while tormented by visions of the life he might have had. A solid premise, to be sure. There was certainly an emotional weight to seeing Sunny "reunited" with Veil and meeting his son for the first time. Sunny this season has been a man truly haunted by the ghosts of his past and the hundreds of lives he took as a Clipper. This hallucination/fever dream brought all of that psychological drama to the forefront. READ MORE...

Into The Badlands: "Leopard Stalks In Snow" Review

One of the big takeaways from Into the Badlands' Season 1 finale was that even the mighty Sunny isn't the most dangerous fighter in this post-apocalyptic world. The mysterious Abbots wield immense supernatural power, and unlike M.K. they actually know how to control it. The long-awaited rematch between Sunny and the Abbots was just one big development in an all-around eventful new episode this week. "Leopard Stalks in Snow" picked up right where last week's episode left off. It opened with a strong, silent sequence where a helpless Lydia recovered from Quinn's booby trap and came to the horrified realization that she was about to become the prisoner of the man she had come to kill. The reunion between Lydia and her husband was easily one of the more memorable scenes this week. As usual, Marton Csokas' intensity mostly makes up for his goofy accent. For her part, Orla Brady managed to channel that complicated mixture of fear, hatred and longing she feels for her husband. Their interaction also played nicely on the lingering trauma of Ryder's death. Quinn is tormented by the fact that his son wasn't strong enough to defend himself, and seeing Lydia again is a reminder of just how far that particular apple fell from the tree. READ MORE...

Into the Badlands Season 2 Episode 8 Review: Sting of the Scorpion's Tail

All the work Sunny and his crew did to get back into the badlands ended, sadly, in predictable fashion. On the rather subdued Into the Badlands Season 2 Episode 8 , Sunny takes a major gamble in his quest to reunite with his boo Veil and finds out he does indeed have a son. Good times! Bajie'sdeal with the smugglers blew up in their faces, but we kindaexpected that, right? NOTHING is ever easy in the badlands. The scene where Baron Chau'sclippers unloaded on the bus with arrows reminded me of the old Clint Eastwood movie The Gauntlet with similar results. ...Read More...   https://www.tvfanatic.com/2017/05/into-the-badlands-season-2-episode-8-review-sting-of-the-scorpio/

Into the Badlands Season 2 Episode 7 Review: Black Heart. White Mountain

When you hear about people battling their demons, it's usually metaphorical. In Sunny's case. it's horrifyingly literal. On the atmospheric and creepy Into the Badlands Season 2 Episode 7 , everyone involved is haunted by something from their past, and must overcome it in order to move forward. Sunny is still unconscious, and is in a very bad way. Still reeling from the revelation of Bajiebeing a former abbot on Into the Badlands Season 2 Episode 6 , he is the one who susses out what's really wrong with our hero. ...Read More...   https://www.tvfanatic.com/2017/04/into-the-badlands-season-2-episode-7-review-black-heart-white-mo/