Into the Badlands: Season 1 (DVD Review)

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Into the Badlands: Season 1 (DVD Review)
Director: David Dobkin
Starring: Daniel Wu, Aramis Knight, Emily Beecham
Rated: UR/Region: 1/Widescreen/Number of disc: 2
Available From Anchor Bay

Centuries from now, civilization as we know it has ceased to exist. Billions perished and nations collapsed, but over time, a feudal society emerged where the strongest rose to wealth and power. This area, known as the Badlands, is uneasily divided among seven rival Barons who control the resources necessary to daily life. Each Baron has loyal armies of trained assassins known as Clippers. Baron Quinn s head Clipper, Sunny (Daniel Wu), grew swiftly through the ranks to become Quinn s most trusted advisor. For decades, Quinn has been unchallenged as the Badlands most powerful Baron, but there is a rising suspicion among his rivals that he is growing vulnerable. The territory s newest Baron, The Widow (Emily Beecham), has begun testing his appetite for a fight. An ambush leads Sunny to a teenage boy, M.K. (Aramis Knight), who Sunny soon learns harbors a dark secret and has a hefty bounty on his head. Sunny selects M.K. as his Colt (student) and together, they will embark on an odyssey that could mean the difference between chaos and enlightenment for everyone in the Badlands.
This is a show that takes things back to the old school ways of doing battle despite being a show that takes place in the future. Here, nobody has guns so that means if you are going to survive you got to have some skills and that is where you find the bread and butter of this new TV show. Sure, the show is a bit on the wrong side of cheesy from time to time, but I can live with that. Especially when you have a show that gives us such great fight choreography as this one just to happens to have. If you are anywhere in the ballpark of calling yourself a fan of Kung-Fu movies, then you will be very happy with the content of a show like this. One think also keeping things rolling along is the characters. You can’t have a show and have it work without having strong characters. I think that might be something that could even get close to topping the fighting. I mean it doesn’t top it all together, but it does come close and that surely does count for something. Some seem to not get what I’m saying but the comic book style and tone of it all isn’t lost on me.

The show is set in a very old school style future where small enclaves are under the rule of Barons. A boy character is is then rescued/kidnapped by head warrior of the baron. This assassin takes the boy back to where they train all the other warriors to be. Things just sort of roll from there and we dip into a very elaborate looking city and we do what needs to be done in order to tap into the Kung-Fu fans out there who will certainly be the biggest fans of this show. I am one myself, so I had a lot of fun with The Badlands. Not every show is going to be the next Walking Dead but taken as is, this isn’t a bad one at all.
Extras

– Inside INTO THE BADLANDS*
– Anatomy Of A Fight**
– Building The World of INTO THE BADLANDS
– The Characters Of INTO THE BADLANDS: The Barons
– The Characters Of INTO THE BADLANDS: The Clippers
– The Master: INTO THE BADLANDS Fight Camp Episode 1
– Creating Real Kung Fu: INTO THE BADLANDS Fight Camp Episode 2
– Bringing It All Together: INTO THE BADLANDS Fight Camp Episode 3
– INTO THE BADLANDS Digital Comic

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