Post-Apocalyptic wild west where martial arts is the new six-shooter. Only three episodes deep I love each character in the show far deeper than any in the Walking Dead. Sets are beautiful and the shots are well planned. Costumes are superb and I wouldn't mind a few of them in my wardrobe. The story is a blend of familiar elements we have all seen before, but are brought together on the set-pieces to make something truly beautiful and unique. Where this show shines for me, however, is in the choreography. As a performance artist, I scrutinize choreography rather harshly (especially fight choreography), and Into the Badlands had my jaw on the floor in the first fist fight. It is, in a word, inspiring to watch. It has gotten to where my preferred method of watching this show is while I practice my forms, drills, and katas. 11/10 have already watched each episode twice.
For genre fans of westerns/duels, post apocalyptic/Mad Max, steampunk, graphic novels, anime, fantasy/adventure, explicit violence/gore, and melee/martial arts badassery that spans various martial arts (for the knowing eye), with a focus on Hong Kong style choreographed and filmed (long takes and no shaky cam/dizzying edits) fight sequences - this wild ride of a hybrid show is for you!
This two disc bluray contains all six episodes of season one (Episodes 1-4 on one, and Episodes 5, 6, and extras on the other) and plenty of behind the scenes features in nice bite sized chunks. Picture and sound is in fine 1080P detail, and Dolby TruHD (make sure your audio gear is set up correctly to hear this lossless sound codec).
The producers, writers, directors, cinematographers, sound/music engineers, set/costume designers, and props/weapons crews have really done a fine job in fleshing out this blend of genres into something cool & unique, yet familiar. This show is a season long homage (the rain fight sequence is a great nod to Wong Kar Wai's/Tony Leung's "The Grandmaster") and tribute to the above mentioned genres that some have grown to love. Experienced viewers will appreciate the classic tropes, new spins on archetypes, Easter eggs, and references to certain films and styles.
Without spoilers, the realm of the Badlands is a harsh and brutal place. The drama, politics, intrigue, and exploration of our characters motives and journeys - gives impetus to all the great violence and fight sequences. After having seen a heightened and expanded Season 2, Season 1 is clearly a carefully paced primer that gives the viewer an overview of this post apocalyptic world and what to expect - since only so much can be told in six episodes.
The main and supporting cast lead by Daniel Wu, does a fine job creating multi-dimensional characters that are not clear cut good guys and bad guys. Read the origins of the characters Sunny, Quinn, and M.K. in the included digital comics - you'll find it to be a very gray world. You've got to love a show that has Marton Csokas, (as of Season 2, Nick Frost), the beautiful and talented ladies of the Badlands - Orla Brady, Sarah Bolger, Madeline Mantock, Emily Beecham, and Ally Ioannides, with recurring characters played by MMA former champ Cung Le, and genre veterans Lance Henriksen, and Stephen Lang.
Season 3 has been confirmed with SIXTEEN episodes for 2018 - let the wild twisted drama and the blood spill over with anticipation! Sunny needs a break, the poor guy.... Unfortunately, Karma in not known to be an easily forgiving entity.
If you're a fan of action, suspense, supernatural elements, drama, martial arts, or all of the above, you'll probably like this show. It takes place in an AU kind of post-apocalyptic future, where Barons (essentially slave owners in some cases) control divided up territories of land and war with each other over control. The lower classes have very little freedom and choices- most either work in the fields or become soldiers in their baron's armies, but let's just say not the typical fighting style of a soldier.
The lead, Daniel Wu, was a great choice. It's nice to see an Asian male lead, too. The actors are all talented. My favorite character besides the two mains is the Widow- you'll figure out why if you try the show. There's strong women in this show, it's far from being all male dominated. Lots of kicking a** and it's a very original take on the genre. It might seem like the post-apocalyptic thing has been overdone but this is like nothing I've ever seen in the genre before.
Purchased this show today because I don't have cable and read some interesting reviews. WOW. Like other newer TV shows, the production is very movielike. The sound, images, set design, lighting and costumes are top notch. The fight scenes are over the top much like Kill Bill or the Matrix. It is a JOY to watch and hopefully will continue beyond the 6 episodes scheduled for this introductory season. Dramatic TV continues to dazzle and tell long dramatic stories that can't be told in a two hour feature, Into the Badlands is no exception. Time will tell, but this action drama may turn out to be one of the elite shows everyone will be talking about.
This show is a lot of fun. Some ideas kind of felt simple like hunger games. But a lot of plots or twists that keep it interesting. Of course ultimately the fighting choreography is what sells this and makes it so lively. How did they make the detail in the scenes so hd? Just really superior visuals in this.
My one gripe. It's been forever since they've released anything and they only put out 6 shows . Maybe they are planning on canceling?
I like the all girl fighting clan. Entertaining. The hero guy is super cool. Hope this show not dead. AMC u still out there?
This is not your typical AMC show. Into the Badlands has a phenomenal plot. The fighting, the story, the characters and the actors... this series has it all. It does not fall from the plot and sticks to events in order, full of surprises & satisfaction. I love all the characters and can't decide who to root for. I am a huge Game of Thrones fan, a Stranger Things fan, and a Breaking Bad fan. 99% of television series lose my interest and I generally do not watch them. I don't own cable but do not miss out on this title. You will not be disappointed. I hope season two is just as good as the first. We'll see in 2017.