Season 2 looks promising as the story progresses in each episode. So, let’s have a look at what’s exactly happening in each episode. As the series is in progress, we don’t have complete information for all the episodes, so we can only review those already aired on AMC.
Into The Badlands – Season 2, Episode 1 – “Tiger Pushes Mountain”
Six months after the Season 1 finale, Sunny finds a new foe, as well as a new, unexpected ally, while M.K. learns about his gift in a mysterious place. [Air Date: March 19, 2017]
Review: If we go back to the last episode of season 1, Sunny left his Baron Quinn and failed to save his protégé M.K. (Aramis Knight) from the hands of some mysteriously powerful men. At the start of this season we see Sunny imprisoned and enslaved as a miner. He finds an unlikely confidant Bajie (Nick Frost) with whom he tries his luck to escape the prison. On the other side, M.K. is getting trained by an unknown group led by a nun to control his anger. In the Badlands, while Ryder (Oliver Stark) is busy taking over the reign of Quinn, The Widow (Emily Beecham) is in force to reclaim her land.
The Episode 1 looks interesting with new settings and few new characters. It kind of channelizes the old characters with their new status. The general look and feel of the episode suggest a lot more action and drama to come in the next episodes. Considering the introductory nature of the first episode, it is slow paced with not much action other than one fight scene at the start. One thing is sure that this time ‘Into the Badlands’ will not revolve around Quinn’s family, rather much more with expected new angles to the storylines. While Daniel Wu is convincing with less dialogues, Frost is excellent with timely humor.
Into The Badlands – Season 2, Episode 2 – “Force of Eagle’s Claw”
While Sunny and Bajie struggle to stay alive, The Widow faces challenges as she consolidates her power, and M.K. discovers secrets about his past. [Air Date: March 26, 2017]
Review: The second episode takes forward the hot and cold relationship between Sunny and Bajie as they struggle to survive but eventually comes out of the Bordo mines. However, their struggle to head towards the Badlands is not that easy as they find. Meanwhile, M.K. continues his effort to control his power, and on the way he meets his biggest fear. At times, M.K.’s pursuit turns enlightening and that is well picturized in the hall of mirrors. The introduction of his master is also promising as she guides M.K. to face his darker side.
In another side, we get to watch Baron Quinn’s wife Lydia (Orla Brady) who is now in her father’s spiritual abode but her spiritual non-violence self comes to test when she faces a group of nomads in order to save her father and others in the clan. Meanwhile, Ryder tries to fix a meeting with all other Barons and The Widow in order to have a common stand against the Widow. This episode also gives an update on Quinn and how he is now taking care of Veil and Sunny’s child.
Into The Badlands – Season 2, Episode 3 – “Red Sun, Silver Moon”
Review: In the last episode we saw Sunny and Bajie after escaping from the prison and then a long stretching barren land, come across a huge wall that separates the other world from the Badlands. Here they finally found a bridge to go past the wall and also another clipper named Moon who like Sunny had left his violence-filled life for his family. But he too could not survive the ill fate and eventually found himself stranded in the middle. Well, this episode is indeed great in introducing a new character with Moon and through light how a clipper’s past certainly stays with him forever and why they cannot make a normal life – although Sunny feels otherwise. On M.K.’s side we also see that the group of monks are up to something by keeping all those kids with extraordinary power. Meanwhile, the Widow and the wheelchair-bound Waldo are up for a possible bloody encounter with other Barons, as they meet for a power-sharing deal.
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