AMC’s goal for “Into the Badlands” was twofold: produce a compelling character drama, and introduce the highest caliber of martial arts filmmaking to a weekly, ongoing series. Left in the hands of creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar (“Shanghai Noon,” “Smallville”), the series stars Daniel Wu as ruthless, prodigiously skilled warrior Sunny, who mentors teenage boy M.K. during a spiritual journey across a feudal civilization known as the Badlands.
With the help of trained assassins like Sunny, the area is ruled by rival barons, and for decades Quinn has consistently outflanked and outmaneuvered his fellow barons to keep the upper hand. His invincibility, however, begins to fade in light of brazen attacks by the newest baron, The Widow, who believes M.K. is the key to her success. As the battle for control of the Badlands heats up, the destinies of the stoic assassin and the impetuous teenager become intertwined.
Gough and Millar have created an ingenious action/adventure series in recent memory. At the core of the action are martial arts and a whole lot of swordplay. The martial arts scenes are the most inventive and astonishing I’ve ever seen on television and are as good if not better than martial arts I’ve viewed on the big screen. This series has excellent direction, writing, cinematography, choreography, score, special effects, settings, and acting. All of the actors deliver exceptional performances.
In particular Wu, Knight, Beecham, Ioannides, Frost, and Csokas stand out. The plot is set in a futuristic medieval civilization known as the Badlands. The world is ruled by a feudal system consisting of barons, viceroys, regions, and clippers A.K.A. assassins. One of the most feared and notorious clippers is Sunny who has gone rogue after the murder of his wife.