Blu-ray Review: Into The Badlands: The Complete Second Season

Into the Badlands was created by showrunners/executive producers/writers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar and executive produced by Oscar-nominated producers Stacey Sher and Michael Shamberg, director David Dobkin fight directors Stephen Fung and Daniel Wu. In addition to Daniel Wu and Aramis Knight, Into the Badlands stars Marton Csokas as Quinn, Oliver Stark as Ryder; Emily Beecham as Widow, Orla Brady as Lydia, Sarah Bolger as Jade, Ally Ioannides as Tilda, Madeleine Mantock as Veil and Nick Frost as Bajie.

Season two of the martial arts drama finds Sunny (Daniel Wu) and M.K. (Aramis Knight) separated and scattered to the wind, each imprisoned in unlikely places. While M.K. struggles to control his powers, Sunny is determined to fight his way back into the Badlands to find his family — or die trying. On their journey, Clipper and Colt are assisted by new allies whose motivations may be anything but pure. Meanwhile, The Widow (Emily Beecham) continues to consolidate power against the other Barons, while a dark and mysterious threat prepares to exact revenge on them all. Alliances are struck, friendships betrayed, and by season’s end, Sunny and M.K.’s lives will be forever altered.

The beginning of the second season finds Sunny as a prisoner in a dangerous mine that’s located outside of the Badlands. This is where he meets Bajie who ends up helping him find a way to escape where he begins his journey back to the Badlands to reunite with Veil who has now given birth to their son. M.K. has ended up with this mysterious group of people who are just like him but he quickly finds out that things aren’t what they appear to be and he wants to leave. It takes a while but Sonny finds M.K. and they continue on the dangerous road back home where they go up against several new threats along the way.

In the meantime, Quinn is alive and crazier than ever. The viciously mad Baron is holding Veil and her newborn baby hostage in his compound and claiming them as his own family. There’s also a lot going on with the Widow and other Barons with Quinn at the center of it all. As all of this plays out, Sunny finally makes it back home where he’s reunited with Veil and their child but Quinn won’t go down without a fight so he and his former Clipper battle it out one last time and even though Sunny defeats his former master, it doesn’t end without tragedy and heartbreak. There’s a lot revealed about Bajie as the season plays out and he’s full of surprises. The mystery about him escalates in the final moments when he arrives at his destination where he ultimately sends out a message – but to who?

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes series details, some images and list of special features. Each Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Into the Badlands is hands down one of the best series on television and it just gets better and more epic as it plays out. I really enjoyed watching the second season again and I’m still blown away with everything that goes into the making of this unique series. There’s some amazing storytelling for each episode and these characters continue to be so much fun to follow. It’s full of well choreographed action scenes and stunts that look as good as anything we get on the big screen. The sets and locations are all grand as well. There’s also lots of blood and gore to go along with this stuff so the series really doesn’t hold anything back. There’s also some beautiful cinematography that’s an important part of the magic. I describe the series as a mixture of Crouching Tiger meets Mad Max meets The Matrix that is set in a steampunk future. Alfred Gough and Miles Millar have cranked out several of my all-time favorite series over the years but this one is easily my favorite of them all and I can’t wait to see what they have in store for the third season. Into the Badlands: The Complete Second Season will be available on a 3-disc Blu-ray set on March 13th and is definitely worth checking out.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 3 Discs / 10 Episodes / 428 Minutes

  1. Tiger Pushes Mountain
  2. Force of Eagle’s Claw
  3. Red Sun, Silver Moon
  4. Palm of the Iron Fox
  5. Monkey Leaps Through Mist
  6. Leopard Stalks in Snow
  7. Black Heart, White Mountain
  8. Sting of the Scorpion’s Tail
  9. Nightingale Sings No More
  10. Wolf’s Breath, Dragons Fire

Rated: TV-MA

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby TrueHD 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The only extras we get are nine deleted scenes and a digital copy. Lionsgate has never been big on bonus content so this is much different and a lot less than what Anchor Bay offered with the first season.

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Digital HD Copy



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