INTO THE BADLANDS
AMC | Ongoing Series
Fantasy | 45 mins./ep
Centuries from now, a feudal society has emerged in the wake of civilization's destruction. This area is now called the Badlands and is uneasily divided among seven rival Barons. Each Baron enforces their iron rule with the aid of loyal armies of trained assassins known as Clippers.The most lethal of the Badlands’ Clippers is Sunny (Daniel Wu) -- the Regent (Head Clipper) and most trusted advisor of Baron Quinn (Marton Csokas). For decades, Quinn has been unchallenged as the Badlands’ most powerful Baron; however, the territory’s newest Baron, The Widow (Emily Beecham), has begun testing his appetite for a fight.One day, Sunny rescues M.K. (Aramis Knight), a teenage boy who has survived a deadly ambush. Sunny soon comes to understand that the teen harbors a dark secret and has a hefty bounty on his head. Together, they will embark on an odyssey that could mean the difference between chaos and enlightenment for everyone in the Badlands.
If you follow The Walking Dead, then you've likely seen the trailers for AMC's new show, INTO THE BADLANDS. AMC is fast become a favorite cable channel of mine, the network has a great and diverse selection of TV shows that are hardly B-rated. And this new series is good so far, I won't be surprised if it makes the favorite list.
5 Reasons Why You Should Watch INTO THE BADLANDS
- The Plot: This series has all the marks of a great, conflict-ridden, fantasy adventure tale. Like most epic tales, INTO THE BADLANDS doesn't start in the beginning, instead we're smack in the middle of things so there's already a lot of curious questions right off the bat. What happened? Why did the world digress to feudal times? How did these Barons become Barons? There's an aura of curious mystery and fascination (for me at least) from the beginning and I'd like to know what is going on!
- Genre Crosses: INTO THE BADLANDS is a mish-mash of genres. The society is dystopic oligarchy, the backdrop is giving me dieselpunk vibes, some scenes are reminiscent of Mortal Kombat. It's a quintessential fantasy series and I'm hoping the series won't disappoint.
- The Characters: I've only seen 2 episodes, but the ones I've met have me glued to the screen. There's no clear-cut hero, these people are anti-heroes and those that are "good" are either victims or this close to going to the dark side. Outside the basic character make-up, the main players are very comicy from the constumes down to how each of them are structured.
- The Action Choreography: Wow! These people are not playing when it comes to the combat scenes. The choreography is spectacular, it's impossible to look away when they start weilding their swords, kicks and punches are flying, their costumes enhancing the turns and twirls. Gah! It's like a motal dance and like fuckin A! I wish I took up martial arts when I was younger, I want to be a badass like these... combatants!
- The Conflict: The warring Barons have me addicted. If you've seen the video above, that kick ass redhead, The Widow, is one of them. These people don't play nice, that's for sure. And they're all against this Baron Quinn, a dictator and megalomaniac who's a breath away from dying with a wife and son ready to pounce on his throne as soon as an opportunity arises. The one who tips the balance is Sunny, Baron Quinn's right-hand man who's already having some moral conflicts of his own and it's only a matter of time before he turns against his master and shift the tide for the Badlands.
It's in posts like this wherein I wish I'm more knowledgeable in terminologies and more articulate in terms of doing a TV series review. I wish I can draw comparisons or come up with something witty, but alas, I have yet to hone this skill. If my reasons are not as convincing as I hope it should be, I hope the videos does the trick. It really is a great start to a fantastic action/adventure show and I hope you guys check it out when you have the time.
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