Review of Into the Badlands

60 minutes

Into the Badlands is a genre-bending martial arts series very loosely based on the classic Chinese tale Journey to the West. In a land controlled by feudal barons, Into the Badlands tells the story of a great warrior and a young boy who embark on a journey across a dangerous land to find enlightenment.
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by UnknownfearContributor
Nov 16, 2015 2:47PM EST
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This review is based on the pilot that aired 11/15/2015

The pilot had 2 intense fight scenes that were absolutely awesome, and very much like asian kung-fu movies. very stylized, and really well choreographed.
The rest of the episode was a bit barren. We established some somewhat emotionless characters and painted a stylistic, interesting setting of world set somewhere in the mid 1900s where 7 people known as Barons each managed to create their own factions. Our protaganist, Sunny, is a ruthless killer who works for one of the Barons. The course of the show will track Sunny as he gets tangled up in a situation involving a boy with mystical powers and rediscovers his humanity. Its a good premise and can make for a cool show however the pace is slow, its not terribly epic, as it could have been, and like Walking Dead, its got a lot more "bad" characters than "good" ones and drags.

I'll keep watching for the amazing fight scenes.

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