Into the Badlands 2×03 ‘Red Sun, Silver Moon’ recap/review
Just when I thought the last episode had an epic fight scene, Into the Badlands showed off more of Master DeeDee’s fight style. It was brilliant. Not only did they show beautiful swordplay, but the fight choreography even included the use of the furniture and even martial jumping that I can’t even explain in detail. It’s one of those things that you just need to watch.
The introduction of Nathaniel Moon is very interesting. Meeting him and seeing the impact of losing his sense of humanity and finding it in his wife and child, who are then killed, kind of reflects Sunny’s life. Last season, Sunny was beginning to find himself through Veil and their future child but was quickly taken away. Now, he realizes that he wants to change. Nathaniel is his reminder that he may not. Like Quinn had said before, a killer is always a killer. Nathaniel shows Sunny what his life would be like if Sunny just gave into his killer instinct.
Veil is a smart one, she is using Quinn to protect her and Henry until she could find an escape. Veil is making herself useful to Quinn by lying that her medicine is working, when it’s really not. Unfortunately, she was unable to destroy the real x-ray, which I think, may play an important part in Quinn’s trust for her. Hopefully, since it seems all the Clippers love Veil as their doctor, they may protect her from Quinn.
As for Waldo, doesn’t it seem like Waldo is trying to take Tilda’s place as Regent. He openly said that he felt useless after being forced to retire. He totally wants to be Regent over Tilda. It’s kind of obvious with his remarks to Tilda and being the Widow’s second in the conclave. Tilda better watch her back.
Poor MK. He can’t seem to find a way out of anything. He’s always trying to escape from someplace and after seeing Tate being tortured or “cleanse”, it’s no surprise that he wants out even more. Could they be doing a “cleanse” to give The Master the power since you could tell she’s slowly losing her life source? Maybe they need MK to harness his powers because his is the strongest to help the Master out. Now I’m really curious if they are good or bad.
Overall, the episode gave us more backstory of the six months we missed, including Veil and Quinn’s storyline. Also, we now have a formidable enemy out of Nathaniel. He may have one hand, but he has proven himself to be deadly and probably would return to battle it out with Sunny. We’ll see.
Sunny and Bajie are walking in a desolate land, completely lost. Bajie said he knows a smuggler named Nos who knows how to get through the wall, but they need to trade something in exchange for Nos’ help. They continue their walk towards the wall. They run into a man holding a Chinese ring sword on the bridge. Sunny tells him he doesn’t want trouble. The man then says, “You shouldn’t have brought them.” He throws his sword past Sunny and Bajie, killing a bounty hunter. The man tells him that there is a bounty on Sunny and Bajie’s head. The man helps Sunny and Bajie by defeating the bounty hunters. The man offers Sunny and Bajie shelter.
Bajie doesn’t trust the guy. They then see the man was a Clipper and with more kills than Sunny. Bajie doesn’t like the idea of the guy, but Sunny seems to trust him.
Sunny groomed himself back to his normal self (of season one). He tells the man that he’s heard of a legendary Clipper who left the Badlands never to be seen or heard from again. His name was Nathaniel Moon. The man said he hated that name. Bajie brings up another name for that man: Silver Moon – a man who brings in bounties. Nathaniel tells him he doesn’t do that, only occasionally. He would like to think of them as brothers, not enemies. Sunny proceeds to ask him why he left the Badlands. Nathaniel said he killed so much and left to find redemption. Outside of the Badlands, he fell in love and had a family, who were then murdered by a nomad who wanted revenge. After that, he went back to his old ways and started collecting bounties. He warns Sunny that there is no escaping what they made them. Sunny tells him about Veil and their baby. Nathaniel tells Sunny to just forget about them.
The next day, Sunny is woken by the sound of Bajie’s snore. He hears Nathaniel practicing his sword. Sunny watches him practice and they talk about their kills. Nathaniel has 999 and Sunny has 404. Nathaniel said that’s how the barons get you. Nathaniel said it’s not an easy burden and he gets himself over it by comparing his killing to Gods. Sunny tells him he doesn’t kill anymore because he thinks there is more than just killing. Nathaniel tells him he’s going to keep killing until someone kills him or find someone worth the 1,000th killing. Nathaniel sees Sunny’s skill and is impressed. He tells him to rest.
Sunny wakes Bajie and tells him they need to go. They try to leave but see Nathaniel wants to battle Sunny. Sunny tells Bajie to find Veil and tell her that Sunny loves her. Bajie realizes that Nathaniel wants their head, but Nathaniel tells him that he just wanted a worthy opponent like Sunny. Nathaniel just wants that thrill of fighting an opponent worthy of killing. Sunny doesn’t want to fight Nathaniel, but Nathaniel won’t take no for an answer. They battle in an awesome fight with Sunny being the victor. Sunny refuses to kill him and prepares to leave. Nathaniel doesn’t accept Sunny’s decision and tries to kill him, but his hand is cut off by Bajie. Nathaniel is left with one hand and bleeding and warns Sunny that he will leave a trail of blood trying to make it back home. Sunny and Bajie leave with Nathaniel’s sword to trade with the smuggler.
MK is training by himself near the waterfall. He goes into the Master’s room looking for her. He sees her and demands to find out what happened to his mother. The Master tells him he won’t be returning to the chamber anytime soon. She said that he doesn’t know how to control it and could hurt people.
MK is resting in his hammock and hears noises. He leaves to find out what it is. He hides when he hears the monks walking through the hall with a chest. The chest contains a runaway from the temple – MK’s roommate, Tate. They tie him down and set up a contraption around him to take away the cause of his pain. He screams in pain as needles are injected into him. As Tate begins to transform, MK is taken away by Ava who tells him that some people need to be cleanse to suppress the gift. MK wants to leave to find out what happened to his mother. Ava tells him that the monks will catch him. MK tells Ava to come with him. She rejects him.
Ryder will host the conclave at his home. Waldo explains to the Widow and Tilda the rules of the conclave – the baron and their second with no weapons. He then tells Widow that she needs to wins their hearts because everyone hates her. The Widow tells Tilda that she will take Waldo to the conclave and that Tilda will guard their home. Waldo explains he’s the most experienced between the two. The Widow gives Tilda her weapons and holds her in charge. The Widow tells Tilda, if the Widow doesn’t come back, to blow up the oil fields.
Waldo is playing piano until the Widow interrupts them. The Widow wants to know why Waldo is on the Widow’s side without wanting something. Waldo tells him Quinn retired him and he just wants to be back in the game. He warns the Widow to be careful with too much power.
Waldo and the Widow make it to Ryder’s territory and are welcomed by Ryder and Jade.
Quinn is reading a bedtime story to Henry. Veil comes in and tells Quinn it’s time for his x-ray. She scans his head. He brings up Lydia and regrets turning her away for something Jade actually did.
Veil asks what his men are training for. He tells her that they will all pay for their sins. He continues to play with Henry as he waits for his x-ray results. She sees he still has the tumor and goes to her desk to switch the results to a healthy one. She shows him the fake x-ray and he thanks her as he takes the medicine and leaves.
Veil is preparing to destroy Quinn’s real x-ray but was interrupted by a Clipper named Edgar who needs stitches on his hand. She then sees Clippers bringing in Gabriel who has been beaten up for trying to escape through the tunnels. Gabriel explains to Quinn that he wanted to get some sun. Quinn gets Gabriel to admit that he was running away. Quinn does a speech about fear and believes Gabriel will be the best Clipper. Quinn tells Gabriel to cut him. Gabriel is hesitant, so Quinn angers Gabriel into cutting Quinn on the hand. Quinn tells him well done.