Review: Into the Badlands – Enter the Phoenix

By Miclpea
SPOILER ALERT-Do not read if you have not seen Episode 301 of Into the Badlands.
Quote of the week: “That price is always paid in blood.”

Into the Badlands returns as only it can with an epic battle scene reminiscent of the titanic clashes seen in Game of Thrones. The Widow and Baron Chau are the only remaining Barons in the Badlands and their war has littered the land with their dead. To change the tide of battle, The Widow (Emily Beecham) has decided to hire a new Regent, Nathaniel Moon (Sherman Augustus). Since this is Into the Badlands, she has to prove that she is worthy to have him as her Regent, so they engage in a spectacular fight scene which truly inaugurates Season 3 of the series.

Other familiar characters from Season 2 return as well: Sunny (Daniel Wu), Bajie (Nick Frost), M.K. (Aramis Knight), Lydia (Orla Brady), and Tilda (Alexia Ioannides). However, due to certain actions of Bajie in Season 2, new and very powerful characters appear on the landscape: Pilgrim (Babou Ceesay), Cressida (Lorraine Toussaint), Nix (Ella-Rae Smith), and Castor (Dean-Charles Chapman). To refresh your memory about the events of Season 2, the recaps are available on the Friends of Comic Con website here.

The circumstances of the viewers’ favorite characters have changed since the end of Season 2. As stated earlier, Baron Chau and The Widow are fighting a vicious battle for control of the Badlands as the last two remaining Barons. Tilda has become a thief known as the Iron Rabbit. She actually rescues Bajie during a raid on a convoy to steal supplies. Lydia runs a refugee camp for the war victims. Tilda is giving the stolen goods to Lydia to help feed the refugees.

Meanwhile, Sunny is wandering the countryside with Henry (his son with Veil) trying to avoid human contact, since there is a price on his head. T.K. is a prisoner of The Widow, who is trying to help/force him to recover his Gift. Pilgrim and his group arrive into this volatile mix.

The Gift (it sends the wielder into an unstoppable killing frenzy when they bleed) will play a bigger part in Season 3 than it did in Season 2. Sunny discovers that Henry has the Gift when he takes him to the healer at the refugee camp. The healer is surprised and frightened as she tells Sunny that Henry is manifesting the Gift as an infant. This is surprising, as the Gift usually manifests later in life. Both Nix and Castor use the Gift to defeat Chau’s soldiers when they are attacked by the guards at the wall to her lands. The Widow and M.K. are trying every method they can to recover and invoke their lost Gifts.

Azra will also be a major factor in Season 3 as well. It is the Azran compass which has led the Pilgrim to the Badlands. What this will mean is not yet clear. The Pilgrim and his band are a mystery. Viewers also do not know whom Bajie was trying to contact at the end of the last season. From his conversation with Sunny this episode, it seems that Bajie expected someone to respond, possibly Pilgrim or perhaps some other player who has not yet revealed themselves.

Season 3 is off to a good start. The action thus far is even a step above Season 2, which was phenomenal. With the introduction of these new characters, the storytelling in Season 3 promises to be even more wondrous and compelling than Season 2. Into the Badlands is must-see TV.

Miclpea

I love going to conventions around the US. I'm an ardent fan of all things science fiction and especially The Expanse. I write for Friends of CC and I have written a science fiction script with a friend.