Warrior Season 2 is back and our first episode, “Learn to Endure, or Hire a Bodyguard” starts off with a bang and is a perfect introduction for just how intense season two is about to get.
Following the end of Season One, we know find a hungrier and more agitated Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji), who can’t forgive his humiliating defeat at the hands of Li Yong (Joe Taslim), nor his sister, Mai Ling (Dianne Doan), callousness towards him and this is leading him to develop his fighting skills in the fighting pits of the Barbary Coast. The punches and kicks come fast and furious here, and martial arts fans will be salivating with the amount of action that gets put up on the screen her as Ah Sahm frees himself of his weaknesses and attacks full on.
The Barbary Coast also introduces us to a mysterious new character in the form of Maria Elena Laas’ Rosalita Vega, a dangerous and sharp woman who runs the fighting pits and who has taken a liking to Ah Sahm and his brutal talents. There’s a slyness to Laas performance and she plays off of Koji extremely well and this steps things up a notch when it comes to Ah Sahm’s romance with Penelope. While we only get an introduction to Rosalita in episode one, it’s certain that she will become a very big presence within the show going forward.
Alongside the introduction to Rosalita, we’re also introduced to Céline Buckens’ Sophie Mercer, the younger sister of Penelope and a very improper young woman who has her own desires and dreams and who is sure to throw a spanner in the works, particularly as she finds a soft spot for local Irish gang leader Dylan Leary (Dean Jagger). And Jagger’s Leary is ready to light all of Chinatown on fire, and he gets off to a pretty good start in the first episode.
Alongside the action of the fighting pits of the Barbary Coast, we also see Ah Sahm and Ah Toy (Olivia Cheng) continuing on with their cover of darkness vigilante activities, and there’s plenty of sword slashing going on here….much to the pain that it causes “Big Bill” O’Hara (Kieran Bew). The fight scene between Ah Sahm, Ah Toy and the scalp hunting Teddy Boys is sure to amp up your adrenaline, and it’s only going to get more intense as things move forward from here.
“Learn to Endure, or Hire a Bodyguard” sets the promise for what is to come moving forward in Warrior, and it’s clear that there’s a reason why this series is the most exciting action television programme on TV today, and it’s only gonna get cooler.
Warrior screens every Sunday on Neon.
Image: SKY TV