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TV Review: Into The Badlands 3.1 “Enter the Phoenix” (Season Premiere)
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Into The Badlands, season 3, episode 1 review

Into The Badlands
Episode 3.1 “Enter the Phoenix”
Directed by Paco Cabezas
Written by Matt Lambert
Created by Alfred Gough, Miles Millar
Starring Emily Beecham, Sherman Augustus, Daniel Wu, Ella-Rae Smith, Orla Brady, Ally Ioannides, Nick Frost, Dean-Charles Chapman, Babou Ceesay, Maddison Jaizani, Aramis Knight
AMC
Air date: Sunday, April 22nd, 2018, 10pm

Warner: Spoilers for Into The Badlands below:

Finally, we re-enter the Badlands! Last season, Sunny (Daniel Wu) finally was able to slay his ultimate demon, his former Baron, Quinn (Marton Csokas). In the battle, Veil (Madeleine Mantock) was killed leaving Sunny a widower and father on the run. Meanwhile the Badlands exploded into a war of Barons and Baronesses until only two remain, The Widow and Chau. The Widow (Emily Beecham) has M.K. (Aramis Knight) held captive but her desire to control the Badlands lost her her daughter. Tilda and her had a violent falling out and now The Widow will stop at nothing to gain full control over the Badlands.

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TV Review: Into The Badlands 2.10 “Chapter XVI: Wolf’s Breath, Dragon Fire” (Finale)
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Into The Badlands
Episode 2.10 “Chapter XVI: Wolf’s Breath, Dragon Fire”
Directed by Paco Cabezas
Written by Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, Matt Lambert
Created by Alfred Gough, Miles Millar
Starring Daniel Wu, Orla Brady, Sarah Bolger, Aramis Knight, Emily Beecham, Oliver Stark, Madeleine Mantock, Ally Ioannides, Nick Frost, Marton Csokas, Chipo Chung
AMC
Air date: Sunday, May 21st, 2017, 10pm

The end of season 2 of Into The Badlands is here and it’s bittersweet. I always hate season finales of my favorite shows. No one likes saying good-bye. On a show like AMC’s Into the Badlands, it can mean saying goodbye in more ways than one. Sunny (Daniel Wu) fought his way back “into the Badlands” with one intention guiding him the whole way”¦ find Veil (Madeleine Mantock) and his baby. While he and new pal Bajie (Nick Frost) worked their way in, the Badlands were crazy with battles, betrayals, and Barons, oh my. Quinn (Marton Csokas) survived Sunny’s attack and has been living with Veil as his “guest.” The Widow (Emily Beecham) has been the true dominant force of the season. When she was essentially given a death sentence during the conclave, her response was to form an alliance with Quinn. This alliance led to Jade’s (Sarah Bolger) removal from the Fort, Ryder’s (Oliver Stark) death, Lydia’s (Orla’s Brady) capture, and Veil’s return to Quinn after an escape. When that was done, it appeared Sunny and Widow would align, but then Widow was exposed to have traded Veil. The Widow was left falling apart, fighting her own daughter and regent Tilda (Ally Ioannides) at the end of last week’s episode. Will Sunny find Veil and have a final showdown with Quinn? Will The Widow finally get what she wants out of M.K. (Aramis Knight)? Will I be able to cope with no Badlands for the rest of the year?!

Spoilers for the season 2 Finale of Into the Badlands below:

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TV Review: Into the Badlands 2.9 “Chapter XV: Nightingale Sings No More”
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Into The Badlands
Episode 2.9 “Chapter XV: Nightingale Sings No More”
Directed by Paco Cabezas
Written by Justin Britt-Gibson
Created by Alfred Gough, Miles Millar
Starring Daniel Wu, Orla Brady, Sarah Bolger, Aramis Knight, Emily Beecham, Oliver Stark, Madeleine Mantock, Ally Ioannides, Nick Frost, Marton Csokas, Chipo Chung
AMC
Air date: Sunday, May 14th, 2017, 10pm

Last week on AMC’s Into the Badlands, Sunny finally returned and found himself right in the middle of the Baron Chau (Eleanor Matsuura) vs. Widow (Emily Beecham) stand-off. Sunny (Daniel Wu) aligned with Chau, but when the moment was at hand… teamed with Widow on the promise of finding Veil (Madeleine Mantock) and getting to kill Quinn (Marton Csokas). M.K. (Aramis Knight) was used as bait but at least that got him closer to Tilda (Ally Ioannides). Tilda meanwhile, was starting to see mommy Widow for who she really is, especially after Veil called her out. It might be an explosive Mother’s Day for The Widow if Tilda plays that card.

Spoilers below for this week’s Into The Badlands:

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TV Review: Into The Badlands 2.8 “Chapter XIV: Sting Of The Scorpion’s Tail”
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Into The Badlands
Episode 2.8 “Chapter XIV: Sting Of The Scorpion’s Tail”
Directed by Stephen Fung
Written by LaToya Morgan
Created by Alfred Gough, Miles Millar
Starring Daniel Wu, Orla Brady, Sarah Bolger, Aramis Knight, Emily Beecham, Oliver Stark, Madeleine Mantock, Ally Ioannides, Nick Frost, Marton Csokas, Chipo Chung
AMC
Air date: Sunday, May 7th, 2017, 10pm

Last week on AMC’s Into the Badlands, Sunny (Daniel Wu) was forced to confront the demons in his head after being poisoned by the Abbots. It was Bajie (Nick Frost) and M.K. (Aramis Knight) who had to rescue Sunny for a change by breaking INTO the monastery both men had previously escaped. This led to an awesome battle between the two and the Master (Chipo Chung) and the Abbots. Meanwhile, Quinn (Marton Csokas) and Widow (Emily Beecham) got off on the right foot in their alliance, as Quinn got Veil (Madeleine Mantock) back and captured his former bride Jade (Sarah Bolger). With Sunny saved, it’s onwards to the Badlands to regain his wife and child. He’s willing do anything, and let nothing stand in his way.

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TV Review: Into The Badlands 2.7 “Chapter XIII: Black Heart, White Mountain”
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Into The Badlands
Episode 2.7 “Chapter XIII: Black Heart, White Mountain”
Directed by Stephen Fung
Written by Michael Taylor
Created by Alfred Gough, Miles Millar
Starring Daniel Wu, Orla Brady, Sarah Bolger, Aramis Knight, Emily Beecham, Oliver Stark, Madeleine Mantock, Ally Ioannides, Nick Frost, Marton Csokas, Chipo Chung
AMC
Air date: Sunday, April 30th, 2017, 10pm

Last week on AMC’s Into the Badlands, we had unions and reunions that served to bring all the characters back together. Sunny (Daniel Wu) and Bajie (Nick Frost) re-entered the Badlands and met up with M.K. (Aramis Knight) who was fleeing the Abbots from the monastery. This led to a suitably epic showdown between Sunny and former UFC fighter Cung Le and the reveal that Bajie is actually a runaway Abbot with his own secret powers. Sunny continues trying to get back to Veil and his baby; all the while she has been held prisoner by Quinn (Marton Csokas) whose brain tumor is making him more and more maniacal. Veil (Madeleine Mantock) thought she found refuge with The Widow (Emily Beecham), but she did not count on an alliance between Widow and Quinn. We are one step closer to Sunny finding Quinn, Veil and his seeing his baby for the first time. Last night’s episode was directed by Stephen Fung, who has been executive producer and fight director since Into the Badlands debuted, which means this episode should be fueled by fight sequences the typically great ItB choreography.

Spoilers below for this week’s Into the Badlands:

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