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NY Times Previews Badlands; Deadline Gives a Thumbs-Up

This week, The New York Times previews Into the Badlands, while Deadline gives a thumbs-up to the show. Plus, Rolling Stone checks out the series, which debuts on Sunday, 10/9c. Read on for more:

The New York Times previews Into the Badlands and observes that, when the show starts airing on Sunday night, “it will be the only martial arts drama on television, and one of the few to tackle the genre since Kung Fu aired four decades ago.”

Deadline‘s review of Into the Badlands calls the series “a smoldering, serpentine and supremely stylized series that does the legacy of Bruce Lee proud.”

USA Today takes note of a sudden proliferation of TV martial arts masters including Into the Badlands‘ Sunny, who lives “in a world where guns don’t exist and people have to survive on their warrior skills” according to Sunny’s portrayer Daniel Wu.

• Daniel Wu tells the Star-Telegram, “We want to give viewers a compelling story and solid actors playing compelling characters, not just filler that people will fast-forward through to get to the next fight scene.”

• Checking out Into the Badlands, Rolling Stone declares, “Kung-Fu and the Western: always an unkillable combination.”

IGN calls Into the Badlands, which premieres Nov. 15, this week’s TV highlight.

Nerd Reactor describes Into the Badlands as “a fresh take on a dystopian era where fighting is the only way to survive. And, the fighting is absolutely stunning to watch.”

Moviepilot shares three reasons to watch Into the Badlands, which is “looking terrific.”

The (Colorado Springs, Colo.) Gazette describes Into the Badlands as “a refreshingly unique martial arts series.”

The Fresno Bee profiles Sarah Bolger, who compares Jade, her Into the Badlands character, with Lady Macbeth.

• According to Three If By Space, Daniel Wu says that “what we are trying to do with Into The Badlands is create a story that isn’t just about the martial arts but about the people and the drama. Much like how The Walking Dead elevated a series about Zombies to be much more with human drama.”

Three If By Space speaks with Aramis Knight, who calls his character, M.K., “the only form of any purity in the badlands. For everybody else its the norm to simple kill anyone who opposes you and here you have this boy in a world full of assassins.”

• Daniel Wu explains, “Though the show is violent, we also want to make sure that the spirituality side is there but not in that fortune cookie kind of way,” Inverse reports.

The Salt Lake Tribune interviews Ally Ioannides, who describes her character, Tilda, as “so savage, almost. And then she has this really sensitive, really compassionate side. She’s got a really good head on her shoulders, especially considering what she does — she kind of kills people.”

• Ally Ioannides speaks with her former hometown paper, Park City, Utah’s The Park Record, about Tilda: “One thing I love about her is that she is so strong, but still very vulnerable and that’s something that has always been with me.”

Flavorwire says “the action is the main character of Badlands; fight sequences are elegantly choreographed, props within scenes become weapons (bottles, shards of glass, metal pipes), and the death toll is in the double digits in each of the first two episodes.”

io9 spotlights AMC’s comic book version of Into the Badlands, saying it “seems like it could be a pretty fun accompaniment to the series itself.” Nerd Reactor adds, “Just based on the artwork and storyline itself, it looks like it’s going to be a bloody good read.”

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