Into the Badlands: Chapter XVII: Enter the Phoenix   First Watch 
May 28, 2018 2:33 PM - Season 3, Episode 1 - Subscribe

Sunny returns to the Badlands, seeking a cure for his son Henry; The Widow and Chau wage a bloody civil war; a new threat emerges.
posted by kmz (5 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Is anybody still watching this? My wife and I just binged the first two seasons and watched this first episode of Season 3. Really enjoying the show so far, and it seems like they've got a bigger action budget now.

Main quibble from last season: I hate what they did with Veil. First I never quite understood why she saved Quinn to being with, and then Sunny stupidly not (metaphorically) double tapping Quinn meant she had to die. Bleh.

Also, and this is pretty common on all action shows, I feel so bad for all the underlings whose lives are just totally expendable. The main characters alliances shift like sand but it's the cogs and clippers who pay for it.
posted by kmz at 2:42 PM on May 28, 2018

I'm going to watch. Too many shows to keep up with but this one is definitely on my radar.

housekeeping note: do we need the First Watch spoiler condition? It causes all of the episodes with the same condition linked together, so the Previous link goes to the last one that was marked First Watch, and not the others, which aren't. I understand this is usually preferred, but this isn't an especially popular show, so I don't anticipate needing First Watch and Rewatch conditions. Mods?
posted by numaner at 4:52 PM on May 28, 2018

Oops, that's my bad, I was just trying to indicate that I hadn't seen the rest of the episodes from this season yet.
posted by kmz at 4:58 PM on May 28, 2018

I've been watching and enjoying. Even MK is a better character this season. What I'm not into is the way the fights have become completely over the top fantastical absurdity. While too bloody for my tastes before, the fights at least felt possible (or tongue-in-cheek playing with those limits, like the Widow's high heel fights). So it's taken me a bit to get into the new fighting style.
posted by kokaku at 6:49 PM on May 29, 2018

Haven't finished this episode as of the writing of this post, but I have to say that the decision to add Nick Frost as a regular to this show may be the best decision... possibly in the history of television? It's amazing what having a bit of comic relief can do for a show that in its first season was way, way too serious for its own good. Also, his fight scenes are great.
posted by runcibleshaw at 4:31 PM on June 4, 2018

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