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Finally, a TV character that puts Jon Snow to shame

Most of us Into The Badlands fans have been walking a rather tightrope for the last few weeks, what with the circulation of rumours the show might have been canceled.

The Season 3 midseason finale aired sometime in the first half of the year, and the cliffhanger it left us on was so heart-stopping that most of us have been frothing at the mouth for a chance to consume the next episode.

So, rumours of a potential cancellation, one that would see the final eight episodes in the series go unaired, did not sit well with us.

But fortunately, it looks like Into The Badlands will live to see another day. There is nothing on TV right now that looks like this show. Into The Badlands is the medieval, mystical, martial arts maelstrom most of us never knew we wanted.

The series takes place in a post-apocalyptic future. Humanity destroyed itself – as is often the case – and warlords called Barons rose up to replace the old system of government.

Sunny, the show’s protagonist is a clipper, a katana-wielding, bike-riding mercenary of sorts whose job it is to defend his warlord and spill blood when need arises.

Into The Badlands is basically Sunny’s redemption arc. Recruited into his warlord’s ranks as a child and having risen through the hierarchy to become the deadliest clipper in the badlands, Sunny is compelled to change his ways and pursue a more righteous path when he meets a boy with mystical martial arts abilities that desperately needs his help.

Into The Badlands is basically the little cousin to Game of Thrones (Actually, no; it’s closer to Mad Max but with Kung fu).

The production values are of the highest quality. There is plenty of political intrigue at play – what with all the warlords in the badlands plotting, murdering and fighting to conquer one another’s territories in the hopes of attaining ultimate power.

Then there is all the drama playing out amongst the individual slaves, clippers, and officials working under the different warlords, some of whom seek to achieve their master’s goals, but most of whom only wish to survive and could not care less about the politics.

Into The Badlands does a lot of things well. The characters are three-dimensional, the various plots are juggled efficiently, and the setting is rich with colour, tradition, and culture.

And yet all those components pale in comparison to the martial arts. I don’t think I have ever watched a show do murder so beautifully.

If you think Jon Snow looks badass in Game of Thrones, the Widow from Into The Badlands puts even Snow’s physical prowess to shame. And the brunette always looks so…delicate, with her petite frame, milky white skin, slimming black outfits, and dangerously high stilettos.

But then she pulls her swords free and starts digging them into flesh, parting muscle from bone…Wow!

I mean, even with all the flying limbs and the spurting organic fluids, the widow makes her bloody work look like art. And that is just one component of a show that I don’t think gets nearly as much praise as it deserves.

If you have not seen it yet, I suggest you put your eyeballs to the task of, at the very least, sampling season one of Into The Badlands.


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