Into the Badlands – Hand of Five Poisons – Is Anybody Watching – Episode 6

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Is Anybody Watching Into The Badlands: Hand of Five Poisons

In a world without guns, fighting is an art!

Into The Badlands on AMC stars Daniel Wu as a one of the most lethal Clippers killing for his Baron, and Aramis Knight as a young boy with more power than he may realize. They search for enlightenment in a ruthless and bloody territory controlled by feudal barons.

Season One-Episode Five of Into the Badlands: Hand of Five Poisons

In the Season One Finale, we are left wanting more. A lot was left open ended!
The opening sequence shows Sunny on his bike rolling down the road, not the only bookend to the opening scene from episode 1. [3:25]
  • He’s off to play “head games” with the River King [2:38]
  • We knew it wouldn’t be MK’s head in there, it was Bale’s.
    • (NOT AN OFFICIAL TANGENT: Batman) [4:30]
Penrith’s messenger finds the Abbots and they hop in their ol’ Ford pickup truck, after grabbing a trunk of course. [5:55]
Jade and Lydia have a brief discussion before Jade’s plan comes to fruition.

The look on Jade’s face spoke volumes

Ryder gives Lydia a going away present. BagofTotems [11:15]
 Jade tells Quinn she needs to tell him something about Ryder. What is it?
  • It must have been about the coup, since he goes to the brothel without any protection except MK.


Miranda’s ready to talk chocolate abs, but is put on hold… [17:34]

The actor playing Quinn (Marton Csokas) was in a pic from @IntoTheBadlands that made us realize how good of an actor he is because WE HATE HIM but he’s really just a guy.


Sunny gets captured and put on display (FOR MIRANDA)SunnyInPrison

He’s called to the chapel for a speech from Quinn and subsequently surrounded.
Could he not fight his way out? He’s fought out of worse situations. [19:40]
Vail also was a bit disappointing in this episode.  [20:51]
 Lydia too! What happened to Woman Power? [22:56]
It turns out Sunny had his own pendent when Waldo found him. SunnysPendent [27:30]
  • Do he and the widow have the “darkness” or the “power”?
  • Why can’t they trigger it?

Tilda: Which tincture will she choose?

Final Fight Scene(s) of the season.

  • Sonny gets his man (and one last tatoo)DeathFace
  • Was it a deathblow? Deathblow

Who will be season 2’s main baddie? Ryder, River King, someone else?

We feel like we missed out on some cool fight scenes.

Is Zephyr dead?  What about Jacobee?

Ryder scampers away,

Monk (aka Abbot) fight scene was the payoff.

AbbotsInARow AbbotsPyramid SoloMonk MKAbbotDrop

Back in the box for MK. TrunkinTruckIntoTheDesert

A Princess Bride reference: (our first, and only, OFFICIAL tangent)

The ending quote and our interpretation… [52:10]

Season 2 of Into the Badlands will air in 2017.  We’ll definitely be discussing that when it returns.

In the meantime, Season 2 of Is Anybody Watching will begin in a couple of weeks.  We will be asking, “Is Anybody Watching 11.22.63” We will be breaking this HULU original series down episode by episode.  So if you have HULU and have watched it, please use the contact links below to give us your thoughts.  If you have HULU and haven’t watched it, watch it along with us.  If you don’t have HULU, find a good friend willing to share 😉

We’d also love to hear your thoughts about Into the Badlands, or suggestions about what we should watch next.

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AMC's Full Recap:

Sunny rides his motorcycle to the docks, with a burlap sack dripping blood.

Sunny drops the sack on the River King's desk. "Your payment in full," he says. The River King pulls a severed head out of the bag – it's Bale's. The River King studies M.K.'s "Wanted" poster, but Sunny lies and says he's got the right boy. The River King smiles and agrees to grant Sunny passage at midnight.

In Veil's clinic, Sunny tells her to wait for him and M.K., but Veil has to tend to Jade. Sunny warns her to stay. Emotional, Veil berates Sunny for not stopping Quinn from killing her parents. Sunny promises her things will be different once they leave, but Veil echoes the Baron, saying, "We are all slaves to our nature." Veil says if she's there when Sunny gets back, Sunny will know her answer.

Penrith's Totemist travels to a church to see three cloaked Abbots. He shares M.K.'s "Wanted" poster, saying Penrith has discovered another "dark" child. The Abbots carry a wooden chest to their truck.

In Jade's room, Lydia tends to a feverish Jade. Lydia thinks Jade spent "too many hours under the hot sun," but Quinn enters and reveals monkshood petals, hidden in Lydia's jewelry box. Lydia looks at Jade and realizes she's been set up. "I heard rumors after Beatrice," Quinn says. Lydia maintains innocence, but two Clippers take her away. Jade tells Quinn she has something to tell him about Ryder.

Lydia is escorted out of the Fort. She sees Ryder and begs for help, but realizes he's the one who told Jade about Beatrice. "I may have warned her that you have a tendency to turn on people," he says. He gives her a bag of totem figures for her journey.

In Quinn's study, Ryder tells Quinn that The Widow gained access into the Fort through the emergency tunnel, which Sunny has a key to. "Sunny's loyalty's been impeachable, but I think he's played us both," Quinn says. Quinn asks about M.K.'s pendant. Ryder says he traded it.

At the chapel, Quinn mocks Sunny about not capturing The Widow. "The Sunny I know never missed a kill," he says. Quinn recounts how he trained and groomed Sunny over the years. "What else could I have done to keep you from betraying me?" Just then, a dozen Clippers surround Sunny. "We have a traitor in our midst," Quinn announces. He strips him of his rank and orders him to turn over his sword. The Clippers are ordered to lock Sunny up and bring Veil to Quinn. M.K. tells Quinn to kill him too, but Quinn says he won't kill a boy with "such a bright future."

In her clinic, Veil packs her bags. An ether-soaked cloth is forced over her mouth.

A hood is removed from Veil's face. Tilda and the Butterflies take her to The Widow, who requests medical attention. Noticing her hesitation, The Widow assures Veil she has no reason to kill her. "I bet we want the same thing. A peaceful world where all women have a voice that's heard," The Widow says. Veil asks who cut her. "The man you love," The Widow says. "You could spend your entire life cleaning up after him."

Quinn tells Sunny, chained inside the Brig, that he plans to raise Sunny's baby in the Fort and shares his fascination over M.K. "I can't wait to fill his back with little black lines," he says. As Quinn walks away, Sunny threatens, "When I get out of these chains, I'm going to clip you first."

Lydia arrives at Penrith's commune, but he's unhappy to see her. "My daughter died in my heart years ago," he says. When she begs for mercy, he orders her to kneel and rededicate herself to a spiritual path. She obliges.

At the Sanctuary, Veil stitches The Widow's wound. When she notices a burn scar, The Widow says her late husband "had a funny way of showing his affection." Veil notes The Widow's plan to "rid the world of brutal men." After stitching her up, Veil places three bottles next to The Widow. "One of these is a tincture which will prevent you from dying," Veil explains. "The other two are poisons. I'll be happy to tell you which is which after I'm safely back at my clinic." The Widow warns her about going back, saying she "set things in motion to make this world safer." Tilda covers Veil's face with a hood and takes her home.

In Quinn's study, Quinn tells M.K. he has the potential to be a greater Clipper than Sunny. M.K. says he just wants to go home, but Quinn says running away is an illusion. He offers to protect Tilda, spare Sunny and pay for M.K.'s first Doll at the Tick Tock "to celebrate our understanding."

Zypher and Ryder meet near a river. Ryder shares Quinn's plan to leave the Fort that night. "He'll only have a Colt with him," he says. Zypher says she'll bring Jacobee, who wants to kill Quinn. She plans to clip Jacobee right after. Ryder tells her not to notify The Widow since she's dying. "By sunrise tomorrow, there will be two new Barons in the Badlands," he says.

That night, Waldo unlocks Sunny's shackles so he can make it to the River King's boat and warns him that The Widow is making a move against Quinn and Jacobee. Sunny realizes Waldo is the traitor. "The system is broken. We got to blow it up and start again," Waldo says. Waldo says he should have saved Sunny "from this life" then passes him a pendant, identical to M.K.'s, he says he found around Sunny's neck. Waldo tells him the ambush is happening at the Dollhouse, but warns him to "be smart" and forget M.K.

Tilda and Veil ride through the woods. Veil tells her that The Widow doesn't have her best interest in mind, but Tilda claims she has no other choice. Veil offers her another option: "The three bottles," she says. "The blue one is the tincture. The other two are filled with poison. You decide your own future."

Quinn and M.K. walk towards the Dollhouse. M.K., seeing no one else around, senses something is wrong. "Don't skulk in the shadows," Quinn calls out. Jacobee, his clippers, Zypher and Ryder reveal themselves. "You always told me power is taken," Ryder asserts. Quinn reminds them that they're gathered because of The Widow's doing. "After you're dead, she's next," Quinn says, then slices M.K.'s back. Quinn backs away while M.K.'s eyes turn dark and he sends Jacobee flying.

Quinn runs into Sunny on a side street. Sunny plunges his sword into Quinn's stomach. "You're going to be my last tattoo," he says.

M.K. raises his fist to take Ryder out, but Sunny stops him and tells him to control his power. M.K. hammers him in the chest. The Abbots arrive just as M.K. sends Zypher into a wall. They surround him and deliver quick hits to his chest, back and forehead. M.K.'s eyes turn to normal and he collapses.

Sunny attempts to stop the Abbots. The Abbots' eyes flash with chi as they strike. Sunny relentlessly attempts to defend himself, only to be surrounded by the Abbots and delivered brutal blows. Sunny is sent through a brick wall and he passes out. The Abbots lock M.K. in their trunk and drive off.

At the commune, the Totemists chant while Lydia steps into a pool. "Welcome home," Penrith says.

At the Sanctuary, The Widow confronts Tilda about lying about M.K., whom she says she was trying to protect. "He's not a weapon," Tilda says. The Widow says she used to be "special" like M.K. In pain, she asks which bottle is the tincture. Tilda stares at the three bottles.

Veil walks the blood-soaked streets, looking for Sunny, and spots his broken sword on the ground.

Sunny awakes, chained, on the River King's boat. The River King drops Bale's head in front of him, knowing Sunny lied. "Unlike you, I'm not a killer. I'm a trader," the River King says. "And a man with a talent like yours is a very valuable commodity. You wanted to leave the Badlands, you got your wish." Sunny screams.

M.K. screams inside the Abbot's trunk as they continue driving away. His voice is overheard saying, "There is no easy way out of the Badlands."

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