‘Into the Badlands’ Recap and Review: “Black Wind Howls”
Baije led Sunny into a less than savory section of the wild lands called Black Winds where gambling, fights, and thievery were rampant. It didn’t take Baije long to get involved in a fight after stepping in when his ex-wife, Lily, was threatened during a wagering game. Sunny ended up helping the duo fight their way out of the conflict with Henry strapped to his back. Lily was not pleased to see Baije at all. When they explained that they needed to find Pilgrim’s temple, she only agreed to help for money.
In the Badlands, Odessa was not on board with Tilda’s plan to trust Lydia and the Widow, especially after Lydia abandoned the refugee camp that now suffered. With many dead or taken to Pilgrim’s camp, the refugees pushed for protection. Tilda went to see Widow and agreed to work with her as an ally if she protected the camp. She made it clear that she wasn’t Widow’s daughter or regent, simply an ally.
Elsewhere, Pilgrim learned from Chau’s clipper that Castor had been captured. He was pissed at Cressida for sending him and promised that if she brought disloyalty into his house, she would suffer. Aboard Lily’s boat Sunny learned that Lily and Baije met as young pirates. Things went downhill when he left her and took all of their money. She warned Sunny not trust him.
Later, Sunny began to have memories of being on the same boat in the past. He even found a symbol that he had drawn as a child. While the Widow returned Castor to Pilgrim to save her troops time to take on Chau and calm the man, Lily betrayed Sunny and Baije to the River King for money. They fought off his men and the only thing stopping Sunny from killing the River King was the fact that he offered knowledge on getting them to Pilgrim.
As Castor continued to decline, he took out his anger by lashing out at M.K. He was in the midst of yelling that Widow told him about M.K. and how he was a liar when Pilgrim came into the room and sent M.K. and Nix out. After telling Castor that he had served him well, Pilgrim made the painful decision to kill him.
Review of this week’s Into the Badlands
We don’t know much yet about Castor and Pilgrim’s background besides Pilgrim’s mission and that Pilgrim sees Castor as a son, but their final scene together had amazing emotional power. Mercy killings are always difficult to watch with a dry eye, but Babou’s usually stoic Pilgrim finally showed some emotion other anger and he did it well.
Meeting Baije’s ex-wife Lily was interesting and definitely painted a unique story. I’m still trying to figure out how Baije went from a pirate to an abbot. One of my favorite parts of the episode were seeing Sunny’s memories. I think discovering his past is one of the most compelling reasons, beyond the amazing choreography and strong storylines so far, to keep watching the series.
I’m giving “Black Wind Howls” an 8 out of 10.
Into the Badlands airs Sundays at 10 PM EST on AMC.
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