Into the Badlands is a solid drama with a great martial arts edge. It’s like nothing else on television – and that’s a Good Thing. We gave it an A based on the premiere and the remaining five episodes did nothing to cut into that initial score.
The DVD release of the first season – entitled Into the Badlands (not Into the Badlands Season One for some reason) – contains the show’s initial six episodes and a host of bonus material (much of it available on the show’s website).
Into The Badlands (AMC, Sundays, 10/9C) brings martial arts mayhem back to television in a way that works beyond all expectations. To quote from AMC’s website, ‘Five hundred years after the end of the world, seven Barons control the Badlands. To protect what is theirs, each Baron has recruited an army of Clippers, deadly fighters trained in the art of killing.’
Sunny is the best/worst of the Clippers but circumstances arise that make him consider leaving his Baron’s turf and striking out away from the Badlands. Those circumstances include a mysterious boy with a dark secret; Sunny’s girlfriend (serious relationships are a no-no for Clippers) and the fact that he’s about to become a father, and a growing coalition between the other Barons to oust his boss.
AMC is building a unique identity among TV networks: it has no identifiable house style, but instead has focused on niche audiences that aren’t being served on network or (most) cable stations. Hence shows like Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul and so on.
Their newest series, Into The Badlands is a martial arts series tweaked for the present day – a modern retelling of Journey to the West. Follow the jump for a look at the first official teaser.