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Into the Badlands Review: Battle Lines Are Drawn in “Nightingale Sings No More”

by on May 15, 2017
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Even though the second last episode of a season is like arranging chess pieces for their final push, and that’s really what this was, “Nightingale Sings No More” was still a solid episode, full of great fight sequences, special effects, and some wonderful character developments.

One of the bigger twists/reveals of tScreen Shot 2017-05-08 at 3.03.03 PM [www.imagesplitter.net]he season was addressed right away this week when we found out that Bajie’s old pupil Flea was actually The Widow. This revelation allowed certain pieces to fall into place, helping the overall puzzle that is this season become clearer and in focus. This does explain why The Widow has been so interested in M.K and gave us some great background information on both Bajie and The Widow heading into next week’s season finale.

There has been a great theme of sacrifice and family throughout this season, first with Quinn and his son and now with Minerva and Tilda. Quinn has always marched to his own drum, being insane will do that to you, so his ‘sacrifice’ concerning his son should not have been surprising. However, saying that, Quinn is also very charismatic and conniving, almost like a cult leader, and we see a great example of that with the suicide bomber sent to The Widow’s compound. A wonderfully filmed sequence, this showed both the power of Quinn and the realization for Sunny that he was definitely playing for the wrong team. This was another great plot arc that helped advance the story on many levels.

The fight scenEmily Beecham as The Widow - Into the Badlands _ Season 2, Episode 9 - Photo Credit: Antony Platt/AMCe that followed was excellent and with Sunny’s escape, pushed his character towards his family and Quinn in what should be an epic showdown. Bajie was there to help but again, he still gives off this feeling of duplicity, as witnessed with the reveal of the compass to M.K. He took it without telling anyone and revealed it because he had to, not because he was ready to. There is a lot of good in him but the lack of trust he has in everyone might spell the end for him come next week.

Without question though, the big moment this week, even bigger than the Minerva/Flea reveal, was the confrontation between The Widow and Tilda. This has been building for some time and Minerva finally came face to face with her biggest fear. With Quinn, he realized his son would never be who he wanted him to be but with Tilda, Minerva sees that strong, fierce, uncompromising fighter that deep down she knows she is not. The fight between them is epic and even in defeat, Tilda was strong and brave. There was some question as to whether Minerva actually kills her in the end but hey, I guess we’ll find out next week. I’m guessing she is still alive, which will make the finale that much more interesting.

The only bad thing I have to say about this episode revolves around Nick Frost and his fighting skills. When Bajie is in a group fighting its ok but alone, his lack of skill compared to the others is apparent, as the editing and camera angles try and hide his flaws.

So the stage is now set for the big showdown but with Into the Badlands now renewed for a third season, and sixteen episodes at that, I am beginning to think that even if a character or two are killed off we are going to be left hanging until next year.

Four and a half stars out of five

Positives

- Fight scenes are still some of the best on television

- Everything is set for the showdown in the season finale

- The face-off between Minerva and Tilda was very well done

Negatives

- Nick Frost can act but his fighting skills...

- M.K.'s character still seems empty

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With only one week left in the season, "Nightingale Sings No More" was an excellent set-up for the chaos to come. Not only that but it delivered some wonderful moments between key characters and as always, some stellar fight scenes

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