After a quick jaunt out in the countryside, the boys are back to the alleys of Chinatown and things are about to get dicey in what is Warrior’s best episode yet.
Episode 6, “Chewed Up, Spit Out, and Stepped On”, is one beautiful piece of television. Amazing cinematography and beautiful set dressing come together in the episode’s opening with the celebration of Chinese New Year and a fantastical array of colour and spectacle with a full-on Dragon/Lion Dance carnival. All of this, however, is quickly dashed as the growing Tong War finally finds its spark and the explosions get big.
What follows next is the decisive call to war, as the Hop Wei leads a daring mission to scrap with the Fung Hai, a new player in the battle of the Tong’s and soon the blood is flying everywhere. While Ah Sahm and Young Jun go to get their chance to scarp the focus really falls onto Rich Ting’s Bolo, the so-called Yellow Demon and chief enforcer of the Hop Wi. Taking his namesake from the legendary martial arts performer Bolo Yeung, who faced down Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon and Jean -Claude Van Damme in Bloodsport. Ting puts his considerable size and strength to use hear and he unleashes a fury of carnage that marks him out as a dominant player not to be messed with.
While the Hop Wei gets busy scrapping, things also come to a head for Kieran Bew’s Big Bill who is forced into a compromising position with his gambling debts and the price he has to pay to rid them from him will definitely tear him over the edge down the line. Such brutality might be a common part for many characters in Warrior, but Bew’s Big Bill is still a man with some honour and this definitely pushes him over the edge.
Warrior Episode 6 really cranked things up and is most definitely my most favourite part of the series so far. Everything came together in the most perfect way, and things are definitely going to get interesting in the coming weeks.
Warrior screens every Thursday on Neon.
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