The wars were so long ago nobody even remembers. Darkness and fear ruled until the time of the barons, seven men and women who forged order out of chaos. People flocked to them for protection. That protection became servitude. They banished guns and trained armies of lethal fighters they called Clippers. This world is built on blood. Nobody is innocent here. Welcome to the Badlands
This is the opening tagline for Into The Badlands, the breakout hit on AMC that’s like a futuristic old west kung fu show. Essentially 500 years after “The Great War” most technology exists, but guns and modern weapons are gone. People use ancient weapons like swords, and staffs. There is in area somewhere in the former United States known as The Badlands a vast area controlled by “Barons” the barons own the land and have slaves who for the most part work in opium fields that the Baron owns. The Baron also has a stable of women known as “Dolls” which are prostitutes. The Barons are all gaurded by a small army and women known as Clippers. The Clippers have a leader know as a Regent. Clippers and Regent's are not allowed to a children as it could cause disloyalty to the Barons they protect.
At the heart of the story is Sunny, the most leath of all Clippers. He works for the most powerful Baron, Quinn. Sunny has a secret lover who is pregnant. He wants to see what lies beyond The Badlands, problem is at the end of season one he is sold into slavery.
Season 2 finds Sunny fighting in underground slave fights, luckily he does manage to escape. While Sunny, who actually takes a backseat so to speak in this season is trying to return to The Badlands we get to focus much more on The Widow, who is planning on killing the other Barons as an example thus taking control of the Badlands in the hopes of bringing better changes.
Quinn is also back and alive in this season and he's kidnapped Sunny's girlfriend and even managed to build an army of Clippers that are loyal to him and his cause
Filled with more spectacular fight scenes than most movies can hold a candle to, the second season improves upon the first in most everything. By focusing and devoting time to several characters and intertwining them the story line is much more rich.
The action sceenes are even on a much grander scale. Part Shaw Brothers, part John Woo the fight scenes and large scope battles are out of this world.
The Blu-ray release looks amazing with fantastic audio and visual that make everything seem on a grand scale.
Overall this is one of the best shows on television and it's definitely worth watching. Great pick up for the collection
Overall 3.5 out of 5 Stars