Sunday’s episode of Into the Badlands was a change in pace from the first half of the season. A couple of things came to light in the episode—more specifically Ryder’s relationship with his father’s soon-to-be third wife. We also found out how M.K’s hidden power is activated, how much further Quinn will pull his empire into danger, and how Sunny, Veil, and M.K. will be able to find their way out of the Badlands.
Quinn has a brain tumor that can’t be operated on since Veil’s father was killed before he could teach her. Veil continues to treat him even though she knows his chances of recovery are beyond slim.
In the last episode M.K. took a bit of a beating after Sunny offered to train him if he could defeat Waldo, a wheelchair bound former Clipper. M.K.’s training has been handled in a traditional Clipper fashion. Sunny learns that M.K.’s hidden power is activated and he becomes invincible when his blood is drawn.
The Widow and her Clippers are holed up in a safe house. Tilda questions The Widows’ motives for killing Quinn’s Clippers at the start of the episode. She tells her it is so that girls won’t be abused by men. It points to a previous relationship prior to her taking the mantle of Baron.
The main fight scene of the episode happened between Baron Quinn and Baron Jacobee and their Clippers. The two sides met in the cemetery in an attempt to discuss peace as arranged between Sunny and Zypher last episode.
An assassination attempt on Quinn by Tilda using a pickaxe provoked a fight between the two sides, but not before it was thwarted by M.K. and Sunny. M.K. gives chase and is initially bested by Tilda, but when wounded he becomes impervious to her attacks and advances on her.
Tilda manages to get through to M.K. and escape but not before slowing Sunny down by throwing her butterfly shuriken at him. Sunny shows the butterfly to Quinn and Jacobee and the two sides stop fighting. Jacobee tells Quinn to sort his situation with The Widow out and leaves with his Clippers.
Returning to the Fort, Sunny and Quinn find a quiet field and dead Cogs and Clippers. As viewers expected The Widow attacked when everyone headed out to battle.
Viewing himself as abandoned by his mother and his future mother-in-law/former beau, Ryder ends up taking alternative means to grabbing the power he desires. In arranging a meeting with Baron Jacobee’s Regent Zypher, he ends up in an arrangement with The Widow, Baron over the oil fields whom he attempted to kill earlier in the season.
At the end of the show Sunny takes a toy soldier he got from Waldo to The River King. He wants to secure passage out of the Badlands for himself, Veil, and their expected child. It turns out that The River King wants M.K. as the travel fare leaving Sunny with a decision to make.
Unlike the first three episodes, this one felt more like it filled in its time slot. It was as fast paced martial arts ride, but piled on a lot of story since by this time it’s expected that viewers are sold on Into the Badlands.
Even with this slower paced episode, the show still has that sense of being all over the place with the different stories all keeping and that works in its favor. Overall it was a very good episode and does its job in advancing the story, introducing new characters—I really want to know more about Jacobee’s past and The Widow’s—and encouraging viewers to come back for the fifth episode.