Theme music composer
Country of origin
First episode date
Alfred Gough Miles Millar
Daniel Wu Orla Brady Sarah Bolger Aramis Knight Emily Beecham Oliver Stark Madeleine Mantock Ally Ioannides Marton Csokas Daniel Burford
Action fiction, Adventure fiction, Drama, Martial Arts Film
Daniel Wu, Aramis Knight, Emily Beecham, Sarah Bolger, Marton Csokas
Into the badlands tv review
Into the Badlands is an American television series that premiered on AMC November 15, 2015. The series features a story about a warrior and a young boy who journey through a dangerous feudal land together seeking enlightenment. AMC renewed the show for a 10-episode second season, which will premiere on March 19, 2017.
Opening introduction: (narrated by Aramis Knight/M.K.):
Described as a "genre-bending martial arts series". AMC ordered 6 one-hour-long episodes of the action-drama developed by AMC Studios for a premiere in late 2015. Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park composed the title theme. Executive producer Stephen Fung also serves as the series' action director alongside veteran Hong Kong choreographer, Ku Huen-chiu.
Internationally, the series premiered in Australia on November 17, 2015, on Showcase. In Germany and the UK, the series is available through Amazon Prime Instant Video with each episode accessible the day after the US air date. BBC America began airing double episodes on August 20, 2016, at 10pm ET.
Into the Badlands has received mixed reviews from critics. As of March 9, 2017, the Rotten Tomatoes rating of season 1 is 53%, based on reviews from 37 critics, with an average rating of 4.6/10. The site's critical consensus states: "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." Metacritic gives the season a score of 54 out of 100, based on reviews from 29 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter gave a generally positive review and wrote, "AMC finds a bloody, fun and entertaining non-zombie counterpart to The Walking Dead and turns Sundays into an escapist red zone." Maureen Ryan of Variety wrote, "The action scenes scattered throughout Into the Badlands are not just stirringly presented, they represent a test passed with flying, and bloody, colors. This efficient AMC series is an homage to classic Samurai films and kinetic action fare churned out by Hong Kong maestros of furious fists, and if the TV drama had failed to meet the standards set by the sturdiest examples of those genres, it would have seemed superfluous at best. Fortunately, star Daniel Wu is more than up to the task of occupying the center of this streamlined story of vengeance, tyranny and roundhouse kicks."