A new post apocalyptic, martial arts series
Into the Badlands starts on AMC next week and first impressions suggest it's going to be hott.
It looks and feels so unique and different from anything we've seen before and the storyline has the same appeal.
It's set in a devastated future, in a world known as the Badlands. The story centres round Sunny (Daniel Wu), a ruthless martial arts warrior, who finds and saves a young boy called M.K. (Aramis Knight). The show follows them as they go on a spiritual journey admist the chaos of the world.
As you'll see from the trailer, it's extremely contemporary and futuristic and captures that inexplicable unique quality that AMC give their shows. We've seen it in Breaking Bad and in Walking Dead and there's clearly an abundance of it in Badlands. It also has a Tarantino-esque feel to the fighting.
The contemporary tone extends to its broadcast too because it's airing here at the exact same time as it airs in the US, minus 10 minutes. It literally starts 10 minutes after the American broadcast which isn't ideal for us obviously because we'll be on snooze-cruise, but it's still cool to know it's happening.
It premieres this Monday (16 November) at 04h10 and repeats later in the evening at 20h00.
Here's more about the scenario, followed by a trailer and a link to an awesome gallery:
Centuries from now, following natural and man-made disasters, a new society has emerged with the strongest and most brutal rising to wealth and power. Known as the Badlands, this territory is divided among seven rival Barons who control the resources necessary for life, enforcing their rule with the aid of loyal armies known as Clippers.
These warriors enjoy status and comforts that the general population can only dream of and they are willing to sacrifice their lives in service to their Barons.
Few Clippers ever live to see their 30th birthday, but Sunny is no ordinary Clipper. Demonstrating lethal proficiency in martial arts, Sunny rose swiftly through the ranks to become Head Clipper to Quinn, as well as his most trusted advisor.
For decades, Quinn has remained unchallenged as the Badlands' most powerful leader, but the land's newest Baron, The Widow (Emily Beecham), has been mounting brazen attacks on Quinn's transport vehicles, apparently testing his appetite for a fight.
One of these attacks leads Sunny to M.K., a teenage boy who has survived a deadly ambush. Sunny soon comes to understand that the teen harbours a dark secret and has a sizeable bounty on his head.
As The Widow continues her campaign against Quinn, the destinies of the stoic assassin and the impetuous teenager become intertwined.
Check out the show's artwork on the TVSA Show Page gallery here: Into the Badlands gallery