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Into the Badlands
« on: December 10, 2015, 06:38:09 PM »
I'm really enjoying this (four episodes in on AMC) and it definitely falls into my definition of "comic book" TV show. One of the showrunners stated goals is to feature at least three ridiculous fight scenes per episode, and so far, they've delivered in each one. The show strikes the right balance between cheese and badass (just like a good comic book) and the fight scenes are brutal and fun to watch.

If you haven't seen it, the best way to describe it would be Crouching Tiger/Hidden Dragon meets Kill Bill.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KyHy4KRvIc" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KyHy4KRvIc</a>

I hope I'm not the only person watching this right now. It's fun! Anyone else taken an interest yet?
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Re: Into the Badlands
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2015, 07:40:35 AM »
Yeah, I've been waiting on the edge of my seat for each episode-- its really great. Except that Sonny basically has permission to off that asshat and take the fort-- and his gf is letting him live.  That scene made me my pull my hair out.

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Re: Into the Badlands
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2015, 08:45:56 PM »
I've been watching it.
I like it.

I don't mean to poo-poo it at all when I say it's a bit of a "guilty pleasure" for me. 

I mean, the plot hasn't amounted to much thus far, and the fight scenes are improbable and absurd.  The idea of a post-apocalyptic sword world is silly.

But damned if it isn't a lot of fun!  The choreography is beautiful, and I'm always on the edge of my seat during fights.  I like the lead actor (but I don't like the boy).  It's just a heck of a lot of fun.

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Re: Into the Badlands
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2015, 12:31:39 AM »
Yeah, I've been waiting on the edge of my seat for each episode-- its really great. Except that Sonny basically has permission to off that asshat and take the fort-- and his gf is letting him live.  That scene made me my pull my hair out.

Haha, I was the same way, though I like The Baron enough that I want him to stick around, lawful evil and all.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I'm actually more annoyed The Widow has gotten away twice now, once when the Baron's brain cancer blinded him and again when Sonny let the Widow go after M.K. went dark. I really love the Widow (hell, I love all these characters) but I think it stretches credulity to have her lose a sword fight to both the Baron and Sonny, and then get away both times.

That said, loved the showdown between Sonny and The Widow in the armory. That was totally an homage to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, with the two of them pulling multiple random weapons off the wall to attack.

But damned if it isn't a lot of fun!  The choreography is beautiful, and I'm always on the edge of my seat during fights.  I like the lead actor (but I don't like the boy).  It's just a heck of a lot of fun.

Yup, this. The plot is entertaining (enough) but it's the fights that really sold me on the show. It's hard to pick a favorite, but the Widow trashing people in the bar (I think the second episode?) remains my favorite. It was short, but BRUTAL. Really gives you an idea of how dangerous a dual-wielding person would be.

Yes, she's also fighting in six-inch heels, but ... martial arts. >.>
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Re: Into the Badlands
« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2015, 04:10:52 PM »
Yes, she's also fighting in six-inch heels, but ... martial arts. >.>

This.   

But martial arts.  I think that explains it perfectly.
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Re: Into the Badlands
« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2015, 04:25:44 PM »
Hah! Found the Widow ambush scene on Youtube. This has been sanitized a bit (the actual scene was even bloodier!) but these are the fight scenes that keep me watching the show.

(Warning: Violence, obviously)

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIpNw_59bdA" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIpNw_59bdA</a>

There's just something about a pair of knives over a sword. It feels more brutal. Also, kudos to the sound guy. Sure, the sounds are a bit cartoony, but I think they add to the scene rather than detract from it.
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