INTO THE BADLANDS Season 1 Finale And How It Affects My Love Life

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So INTO THE BADLANDS, for now, ends here. A Season 2 is assumed, but not yet confirmed. Essentially what happens is:

Sunny’s still trying to leave the Badlands. There’s a planned coup involving Quinn, Ryder, the Widow, and lots of double-crossing. Quinn throws Sunny in chains. Waldo (the ex-Clipper in the wheelchair) breaks Sunny out. Meanwhile, Veil’s abducted by Butterflies so she can treat the Widow, whom Sunny wounded in the previous episode. Veil uses her knowledge of poisons and tinctures to escape the untenable situation. Then there’s a big fight at the Dollhouse in which:

- M.K. unleashes his power and demolishes Baron Jacobee’s ambush force.
- Sunny kills Baron Quinn.
- Some warrior monks show up to take M.K. Sunny goes Darth Maul on them with the double-bladed sword attack. The monks all seem to be Dark Ones like M.K., and they knock out Sunny using a super-powerful wirework-Voltron-cheerleader formation.

INTO THE BADLANDS Episode 5: “Snake Creeps Down”

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After last week’s somewhat underwhelming episode, this week’s INTO THE BADLANDS ups the dramatic conflicts. ITB, IMO, is at its best when it’s mashing up the martial-arts fantasy with allegorical references to America’s dark history of slave plantations. When Quinn orders one of his thralls to be moved “closer to the house” or when the cogs make use of a tunnel system below the Fort that evokes the Underground Railroad — we feel that this futuristic show has a social conscience, and strives to be about something truly ambitious, and dangerous.

INTO THE BADLANDS Episode 4: “Two Tigers Subdue Dragons”

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Sunny somewhat answers the question that was infuriating me last week, that is, Why doesn’t he just kill that awful Baron? According to Sunny, Quinn’s death would “bring the other barons right to our door,” and, as evidenced by this episode, it seems that ALL the barons are pretty much bloodthirsty mofos, so I guess it’s a lesser-of-seven-evils situation.

Similarly, Veil is still in the unconscionable position of having to medically treat Quinn, the man who killed her adoptive parents. She insinuates that the Baron’s tumor is irreparable, and that the most she can do is euthanize him with a poison.

I got to tell you, I’m in favor of that. Quinn is a scumbag.

INTO THE BADLANDS Episode 3: White Stork Spreads Wings

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Okay, so it’s not a bound foot, as I first thought. Ryder just has an f’ed up foot.

Episode 3 commences with Baron Quinn’s forces attacking the Widow’s mansion, resulting in one of the biggest males-vs-females group battles since Captain America and Paladin fought the Femizon Army. 

INTO THE BADLANDS: Episode 1 “The Fort”

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Oh hey, it’s that absolute rarest of things, an American TV show with an Asian-American male lead. (Maybe TV shows with leads who are ethnically Inuit are rarer, but you know what I mean.) INTO THE BADLANDS is a post-apocalyptic martial arts action-fest starring Daniel Wu as an enigmatic-acrobatic man named SUNNY.

SPOILERS AHEAD.

Check out THE CHALLENGER short film by Tran Quoc Bao

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We here at YOMYOMF are big martial arts fans (hello, Bruce Lee is an idol to us). So, when we ran into filmmaker Tran Quoc Bao this past summer, he was in LA from Seattle prepping for a short film he was going to direct. Called THE CHALLENGER, it’s basically an extended fight scene that showcases what Tran and his team can do on a low budget. The results are quite impressive, as they want to treat this short film as a sample of what they can do with the right financing for a feature film version of THE CHALLENGER, which they have a shooting script ready and waiting.

Do You Know Yubiwaza?

And what is Yubiwaza I hear you asking yourself over the unsecure internets? Why, it’s the “amazingly easy art of self-defense that turns just one finger or your hands into a potent weapon of defense – without any bodily contact”. And as you can see from this vintage ad, it’s an incredible martial art that you can master at home starting in just 2 hours:

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All this for only $1.98! This sounds so amazing, I wonder why it never took off unless there’s a thriving underground sub-culture of practicing Yubiwaza enthusiasts.

The Short List: REQUIEM FOR ROMANCE

As part of the YOMYOMF Network series, The Short List, where we present short films here on the YOMYOMF blog, we’ve reached out to the filmmakers with 5 Questions to see what’s up since the production of their short film. It’s a way for them to revisit their film and get an update on their next projects. You can view all The Short List films here.

This week, we present Montreal-based Jonathan Ng’s award-winning REQUIEM FOR ROMANCE. He graciously answered our quick questionnaire in-between development meetings for his next project.

Go Into Battle Hello Kitty Style

So for all your martial arts and Hello Kitty enthusiasts who have bemoaned the lack of opportunities to bring your two loves together, I give you this—

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It’s the Hello Kitty bogu or “kendo armour.”

And why would you need to adorn your battle armour with images of a cute cartoon cat while you beat on your opponent with a stick? Hell if I know, but considering we’ve seen the famous Japanese cat on everything from this:

The Epic Split by Jean Claude Van Damme

I know I am late to the game on this amazing Volvo commercial starring ’80s action star Jean Claude Van Damme (aka JCVD), showcasing the car company’s precision power steering technology. How do they sell it? Well, JCVD being all zen, wedged between two semi-trucks, driving in reverse and both vehicles slowly moving apart from one another so that Van Damme can showcase his epic leg split, balanced between the two trucks as they continue onward backward on the most epic runway ever (hey, is this the same runway from the ending of FAST SIX?).

So That’s What ‘Yellow Face’ is Really About

This past summer, the YOMYOMF Network presented the first-ever YouTube adaptation of a play—our fellow Offender David Henry Hwang’s award-winning Yellow Face. All this time, we thought the plot revolved around an Asian American playwright named DHH who mistakenly casts a Caucasian actor as an Asian character in his play and tries to cover it up, but according to this streaming site, boy, were we ever wrong!

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Yes, according to the description on this site, the story is apparently really about this:

A Chinese-American cop, skilled in martial arts, battles the most powerful criminal gang in San Francisco that is responsible for the death of his partner.

Around The Horn: Oh my knees! Oh my back! Oh my (insert here)!!

We deserve to wear outfits like this on a regular basis!

I like to think of us humans as superheroes. We can do ANYTHING!!! (Dum da da DAA!)

But I am plagued with the joy of motion sickness. I throw up and have migraines at the drop of a single ocean wave. I have failed miserably at surfing, sailing, deep sea fishing, rollercoaster-ing, merry-go-rounding, swinging, trapezing, and passenger seat riding up winding mountain roads. I am reduced to a blob of unresponsiveness, like a blacked-out pledge at a frat party.