‘Into the Badlands’ Recap and Review: “Raven’s Feather, Phoenix Blood”
Last week on Into the Badlands, we got two episodes on back to back nights. Part one left Sunny more than a little banged up, while the Widow decided to train in exchange for her gift. Elsewhere, Lydia survived and Bajie and Henry made it to freedom with Sunny’s help. Here’s a recap and the MFST take on season 3, episode 10, “Raven’s Feather, Phoenix Blood”.
Episode 10 kicked off exactly how we like it; epic fights sequences. The Master sent the Widow into a dream to show what having her gift would be like.
She handled her assailants before Gaius, who was her regent, appeared, worried for her. It turns out that in this dream world she’s a baron who rocked red with the scorpion symbol and traded in cogs. She saw Tilda among them and stopped her from getting branded.
Elsewhere, Pilgrim’s crew couldn’t figure out how to fix the Meridian chamber. He was certain that Sunny was dead, but Cressida didn’t seem so sure. She was right to doubt because the next scene showed us Sunny emerging from the water, bloody but alive. He hid in a pile of leaves to avoid getting found by Pilgrim’s men and took out a man who crept too close. Nix was among the group that continued to search for him.
Sunny found an abandoned warehouse filled with mannequins and a picture of a random baby. Back at Pilgrim’s HQ, Nix used her gift to stop Pilgrim from injuring the man who was in charge of the hunt for Sunny. He almost seemed shocked at his outburst and sent M.K. out with the harbingers to find Sunny. Elsewhere in the woods, Tilda and Gaius found Bajie and Henry. The adults agreed to travel to Lydia’s together while gagging over Henry’s diapers.
An Interesting Pairing & a Betrayal
Cressida gave Pilgrim an interesting bath while trying to ease his worries. She also warned him about Nix’s shifting loyalties. The scene ended with her untying her robe. In the woods, Nix took out one of the two harbingers attacking Sunny and went back to grab supplies for him. On her way back, she ran into M.K. and lied about their whereabouts, which he seemed to believe.
In Widow’s dream, Tilda tried to kill the Widow for her family’s deaths. Widow killed her before encountering Bajie. He worked with her unknown foe, Raven. Right after Widow killed Gaius because she thought he was a spy, Raven showed herself.
It ended up being a mirror version of Widow talking down to her about her gift. The duo battled it out and Widow to a loss. Raven declared herself the light that the Widow has been trying to take out all these years. After her death in her dream world, Widow woke up on her own in the mirrored room.
Final take on last week’s Into the Badlands
“Raven’s Feather, Phoenix Blood” felt like a filler as we moved each character closer to whatever big encounter is coming. There were small moments and shifting tides but nothing too big beyond the Widow’s self-realization. In classic Into the Badlands style, it was still a great episode with flawless fight choreography and character development. While it felt like too much time was spent in the dream world, I was in awe of that Raven vs. Widow scenes. In heels and everything! Moving forward, I’m a little anxious to see how the story plays out because we don’t have a ton of time left to get in all the details and events the writers probably had planned.
I’m giving episode 10 an 8 out of 10.
Into the Badlands airs Mondays at 10 PM EST on AMC.
Kira McCall covers entertainment for MFST. She’s a freelance writer and alum of Towson University where she studied advertising, public relations, and creative writing. Follow her on Twitter at cocovanilla45 (GirlsofManyFandoms) and kiramira_.
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