Into the badlands is television series that first aired on AMC in november 2015. The show is created by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar both of which created the widely popular CW series Smallville. Into the badlands is an apocalyptic action, drama, adventure type story and has been praised by not just fans but by a wide number of critics as well. Into The Badlands is a series that is unlike anything else on television currently and does a great job in being a show that is based heavily on martial arts, something that is not shown a lot today.
I’ve been a fan of this series from the start. One of the reasons why is because of how original the show is in how it creates its world and how it makes the use martial arts essential to its story. In this article I’ll be explaining why I think Into the badlands is not only a great show, but also why everyone should be watching it, and should catch up before season 3 starts in April.
The premise of the show takes place in an apocalyptic world that is about 400 to 500 years in the future. In this world civilization has fallen apart over the years and become for the most part violent and deadly. Guns as a whole has been banned from most regions forcing people to revert to martial arts as a means for survival. The show takes place in a region called the badlands and is ruled by feudal lords known as Barons who each are in charge with keeping balance amongst the people in the badlands and maintaining peace at all costs. Each baron is in charge of either oil, opium, weapons, and food. To protect their interests each baron is known to have a military force known as clippers that do and say whatever a baron wants at anytime. Each Baron has a regent which is known as their right hand and their strongest clipper amongst their force. Some of the clippers are known to take up young children as their cogs who are known as their students in training to become clippers.
The characters in the show each have their own story and have a reason as to why they are in the badlands or trying to survive the badlands. Some of the characters are:
Sunny played by Daniel Wu, is the main character in Into The Badlands and is revealed to be the best clipper in the badlands. He is the most feared and for the beginning of the first season is known to be the most loyal to his baron. In the show, Sunny is revealed to have a love interest named Veil played by Madeline Mantock who is later shown to be pregnant which causes Sunny to have a different outlook to the world and causes him to commit actions that slowly challenge his loyalty to his baron. Sunny realizes he does not want to raise his family in the badlands and chooses to make the decision of leaving the badlands to give his child the chance of a better life.
Veil played by Madeline Mantock is a doctor in the badlands and is Sunny’s love interest and pregnant with Sunny’s unborn child. Quinn found Veil as a baby and allowed the doctors that helped delivered his son to adopt her as their own. Veil is the heart of the series and brings out the best in Sunny. She is constantly trying to show him a different approach to life than the one he’s grown to know since a child. Veil’s strength comes from being able to stay true to her morals in a world where morals almost no longer exist and is also in the end, Sunny’s inner strength. She is honest, strong, and caring and is willing to do whatever it takes to protect the ones she cares about no matter the cost.
M.K. played by Aramis Knight, is a young boy introduced early in the series, and eventually comes into contact with Sunny. M.K. is revealed to be from a paradise region beyond the badlands known as Azra which many believes to be a folklore that’s not real. Early on in the series, M.K. is shown to have a hidden dark ability that causes him to blackout. Sunny takes notice of M.K.’s powers and decides to train him as his cog in return of M.K. helping him leave the badlands and find Azra.
Quinn played by Martin Csokas is known as the most powerful baron in the Badlands and his regent is known to be the best clipper in the Badlands which is Sunny. Quinn is known to be a ruthless ruler amongst his own people and throughout the Badlands, and in the end cares about nothing more than power. Quinn adopted Sunny as a young boy and trained sunny to be the best that he is known to be. Quinn is someone that believes power is not something inherited by bloodlines but instead believes true strength comes from taking power from others.
Orla Brady plays Lydia who is Quinn’s wife and mother to Ryder. Lydia is loyal to Quinn more than even Sunny and constantly supports him and his actions, but isn’t blinded by her love for Quinn either. Lydia stands by Quinn but tries her best to raise Ryder to be a different man than his father in hopes that he becomes a better baron his father.
Oliver Starkk plays Quinn’s son Ryder and is not necessarily favored by his father. Ryder’s need to be acknowledged by his father causes Ryder to be rash and jump into action while also trying to be ruthless like his father which causes a lot of trouble for himself and Quinn in the end. He does his best to prove to his father than he can become a better baron than him, and tries his best to gain his father’s approval.
The Widow played by Emily Beecham, is essentially the anti-hero of the series and is revealed to be a baron. Other barons are shown to not take her seriously due to her taking the power from her deceased husband. The Widow plays off as a mysterious figure for the beginning of the series, and wants to rule the badlands due to her own reasons and not agreeing with how the badlands has been handled so far. She is known as a mentor and mother figure to her clippers known as butterflies and is known to be extremely protective of them.
Tilda is played by Ally Ioannides and is known as The Widow’s regent and most trusted ally amongst the butterflies. Tilda looks up to The Widow as more of a mother figure and mentor. Tilda suffers from a tragic past and was saved and taken in as a daughter by the Widow. Tilda similar to sunny is fiercely loyal to her baron and does her best to become the best regent she can be and to always stand by the Widow’s side no matter what, until she runs into M.K. who she grows a liking too throughout the series.
The choreography like I mentioned before is unlike most television shows today, and Stephen Fung who is most known for his work on Enter The Phoenix, House Of Fury, and the Sony Pictures drama film Jump, Huen Chiu Ku also known as Master Dee Dee are one of the many people responsible for brining the action scenes in this show to life. The fight scenes on the show for each episode is shown to be unique from each other based on the environment, and each character is shown to have their own unique style that blends with their personality. The show also has a fight camp that the cast members themselves attend before each season is filmed in order to get into shape for the action scenes.
Overall, the show is one of AMC’s best shows because of the great characters in it, the great visuals it is able to pull off, and most importantly the fantastic action scenes it creates as well. I love this show and have been a fan for a while now. I recommend everyone check it out. I doubt you will be disappointed. The first season is already on Netflix along with the second season appearing on there soon. Season 3 premieres April 22nd on AMC. I hope everyone enjoyed this article. It was a lot of fun to write, and definitely give the show and chance and check it out.
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