Critic Consensus: Into the Badlands is loaded with off-kilter potential that's left largely unfulfilled -- although its well-choreographed action sequences should satisfy martial arts fans.
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Fight scenes of such length, detail, and dope katana trickery that they are the exception that prove the rule: They are pretty cool, not deadly boring, and render the rote "bam-pow-sock" fights seen on most of television even more tiresome by comparison.
When Wu and Csokas are off-screen and people aren't kicking each other in the face, Into the Badlands is deadly dull. And even when they are, you keep waiting for the next fight to break out.
We're supposed to be rooting for M.K. and Sunny, as they form a redemptive father-and-son-like bond, but it would be like rooting for two pieces of wood, they are so emotionally unengaging.
If you're a martial-arts fan, you won't be disappointed. Dramatically, Into the Badlands is all dressed up with places to go. Whether it will arrive offers reason to watch.
I think we know where this is going, but the journey should be entertaining.
Audience Reviews for Into the Badlands: Season 1
Enough action to satisfy martial arts fans but the story lacks any logic to justify the show's existence.
If you loved Bruce Lee, the old TV series Kung Fu, The Matrix, Kill Bill, Road Warrior and untold others I'm probably forgetting, then you'll love the genre mashup "Into the Badlands." I thought the ads were boring, but after seeing the first two episodes, it's pure epic TV. Oh, and best of all, given the times, they banned guns in this futuristic post-apocalyptic society so everybody is highly trained with knives and swords. And with an Asian in the lead role, cinema-level fight scenes, what's not to love?
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