Into the Badlands
Season 1DVD - 2016
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The appearance of weakness is the greatest advantage.
The wars were so long ago, nobody even remembers. Darkness and fear ruled until the time of the barons, seven men and women who forged order out of chaos. People flocked to them for protection. That protection became servitude. They banished guns and trained armies of lethal fighters they called Clippers. This world is built on blood. Nobody is innocent here. Welcome to the Badlands.
Boys, there is no god in the Badlands. How do I know? A god does not feed you or clothe you or protect you. I do. Most of you are orphans. Your parents died after a life of servitude and left you to pay off their debt. But I'm offering you a different path. The strongest among you will have the opportunity to train as one of my Clippers. Some see Clippers as cold, heartless killers. ... But a Clipper's loyalty is to his baron. That's the first rule of our code. In return, you get the best of everything... Food, weapons, women.
-I am trying to save her life.
She doesn't want a life without you and that baby.
He's gonna succeed you one day.
-Power is not inherited, Lydia, it's taken.
Perhaps you'd prefer if he cut your head off.
-I wish he would. I've spent years trying to groom him.
Try harder. He's your only son.
I didn't come here to dwell on the past. I want to discuss the future.
-You don't have a future.
My father was a cog in these fields. He was beaten to death by a spotter, right by that miserable old pecan tree. Accused of taking an extra cob of corn. He never raised a hand in his defense... not once. Just... lay there while they punched the life out of him. That night I went to my baron and I said, "Baron, I want to be a Clipper." (chuckling) Yeah, I was nothing but a stunted runt, but... he put me in the pit with the biggest Colt he had, and I snapped that boy's neck in 10 seconds flat. That was the first time I ever felt alive.
And how do you define "enemy," Sunny? Someone who raises a sword or a fist to kill us? What if I told you those two had a weapon that could destroy everything I've built and bring me to my knees?
Ah, overrated. People don't really want to be free. Besides, it's an illusion. I mean, you take my birds... oh, they just love flying free, but every night they fly on home to their cages where it's safe and warm. Sunny, you know what's out there beyond our borders? A big sack full of stories. It's a wasteland. No, no, it's a paradise. It's a... whatever. Nobody knows what is and ain't true. And, besides... Quinn will never let you go. You walk out on him, he'll hunt you down, track you to the edge of this world, and then, sure as sh1t, he will slit your throat. No, Sunshine... you can't ever outrun who you are. Freedom. And cages.
... a baron's home isn't a sanctuary, it's a battlefield. Quinn isn't interested in peace. He never was. He loves to fight.
Aw, Sunshine, you sure know how to make an old man feel young. I'd be real pleased to pitch in, except, well, this runt is just too damn small. He's never gonna make it.
All right, enough.
-Oh, good. I'm getting kind of tired of kicking your ass. Get up. Now, you lost that fight before you threw a punch. You saw a busted-up old man in a wheelchair. (tsks) You underestimate your enemy in battle, odds are you won't live to see another. You know why we call 'em Colts? 'Cause we gotta break 'em like wild horses. That's the only way to make a Clipper out of a boy.
You know what's funny? Every Clipper and Colt through that door... they all wanna be you. And you... you don't wanna be you.
73. That's how many days you were gone when the nomads took you.
A mother's love is a powerful thing. But it can blind you.
And what would you have me do?
-Well, I would say go fetch the doctor, but he's dead. Of course, you wouldn't know anything about that, would you?
You know, I'm still trying to figure out why Sunny took you on as a Colt. I'm still trying to figure out how you two ended up together. Normally, when Sunny shows up, people end up dead.
Yes, your forms are improving, but your attacks are still predictable.
-Yeah? Predict this!
You need to learn to make the unexpected move.
We are fighting for a world where girls don't get dragged into dark rooms and have their innocence torn from them. But that world comes at a price. So remember that the next time you disrespect me in front of your sisters.
What's happened... me and the baron, it can't be easy for you. And I never wanted to be the person who brings you pain.
- Oh, you don't. Quinn does that job very well.
I never had a mother. And you never had a daughter. Maybe if we saw each other as that rather than as rivals, it would help us survive this.
-Well, if I were your mother, I would warn you not to sleep with your future husband and his son at the same time.
Every force has its equal. Fear, peace, dark, light... one can't exist without the other. Next time it happens to you, I want you to try to focus. Focus on a point inside of you. It can be a sound, an image, a memory. Something safe, something pure.
You beg me for more responsibility, but when I give it, you balk. You never give anything. Every gift has a price. Every favor is a test. … A man cannot wait to be given what he wants. He must take it. Hmm? Now, when I was in your shoes, I would've volunteered to ride out and meet a challenge. I would've demanded it.
-A long time ago, you told me if a man wanted to get out, he needed three things...
Not this again.
-Passage up the river, a map through the wasteland, and nothing left to lose.
Sunny, listen to me. There is no through the wasteland. There's just death and drought and more death, and you sure as sh1t don't need a map to find it.
Graveyard's closed! Unless you wish to join your loved ones, get out!
Quinn, do you remember when you were a boy? Blistering your hands in those fields? Did you see your baron as a kindly father? No, you hated him and your own situation. It's just human nature.
-Yeah, I pulled myself up through blood and toil. No one helped me. Now you want me to educate the weak so they can plan their revolution.
Ryder... I'm on the side that wins. A man in my position, which is to say permanently seated, well... options get limited. However, I would advise you to choose your allies with care.
I'm not playing this game with you.
The one where you try and find enemies where they don't exist.
-Oh, is that what you think I do?
Your resting state is war. It's your nature. I'm not sure if it infuriates or delights you that you're now fighting your own body.
Azra. That name mean anything to you?
-No. What is it?
A story they used to tell cog orphans. Make them believe that they were from some faraway place beyond the Badlands. Paradise.
I still remember the first moment I laid eyes on you. You were riding through the woods, your blade wet from battle. I don't think I ever wanted someone so badly. It's always gonna be me and you, Quinn. I will be by your side when the wolves reach our door, howling for your blood.
Your mother was never happy here. I didn't recognize it until it was too late. Then one day a Clipper rode in hunting for nomads. She took one look at your father and that's the moment I lost her.
You gonna stop being a killer? Throw away your sword, scrub your back clean? The baron said we are all slaves to our nature and I am beginning to think he's right.
I have no reason to kill you. In fact, I bet we want the same thing. A peaceful world where all women have a voice that's heard.
When I get out of these chains, I'm gonna clip you first.
-That's just like I told Veil... you'll always be a killer.
We live in a husk of a world left to us by these enlightened men. You don't fix it by running. You do it by fighting.
You're the one, the traitor.
-You know, personally, I prefer the word "idealist." Or maybe "revolutionary." The system is broken. We gotta blow it up and start again.
Why are you helping me?
-Because... I should've saved you from this life a long time ago. Should've left you at the river or maybe just slit your throat.
There is no easy way out of the Badlands. No shortcuts, no deals. I know that now. Maybe Sunny and I don't deserve redemption. Maybe my darkness will never be tamed. There's only one thing I know for sure. The journey has just begun.
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