Into the Badlands’ second season is getting down to the wire, and that means it’s time to start bringing the main cast back together. That’s exactly what “Sting of the Scorpion’s Tail” accomplished this week. After last week’s relatively underwhelming installment, it was nice to see some significant progress as the show built towards a big showdown between Sunny, the Widow and Quinn.
It certainly didn’t hurt that this episode opened strong with one of the more memorable fight sequences of recent weeks. I really enjoy the fact that every fight in this show feels a little different from what’s come before, either in terms of styles used or cinematic influences. This one had a vague wuxia quality to it, with the emphasis on billowing billowing curtains and graceful swordplay. It reminded me more than a little of the showdown between Broken Sword and the King of Qin in 2002’s Hero.