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By Jim Lo
Freedom is something personal, something in which everyone has their own defined value and extent. “Into the Badlands” describes a world that has been torn apart, regrouped yet soon will fall back into pieces. It expresses the idea of feudalism, where a place named “Badlands” is separately governed by powerful nobles called Barons. Every Baron has a military force called Clippers, slaves called Cogs and prostitutes called Dolls.
The first season contains 6 episodes, yet every single episode is miraculously packed with enriched stories and action scenes. As the leader of clippers, main character Sunny is a loyal servant towards his Baron, Quinn. However, as Quinn developed a brain tumor, his actions became unpredictable and unstable. Meanwhile, M.K is a kid who got separated with his parents who unintentionally entered the Badlands. With his arrival, a utopian society named Azra came into the picture which then stirred up multiple conflicts and major events.
I am going to restrain myself from leaking more details because it is an amazing show that none of us should miss! One of the most interesting aspects about this show is the struggle and quarrels every single character has inside their mind. None of the people in the show are truly free except for the Barons, because, in reality, they are objects and items that a Baron could demand, kill and trade.
“Freedom is overrated, people don’t really want to be free, and plus it’s an illusion.” Personally, I think those are really powerful words being constructed into one sentence. Now I am not here to start a war between different beliefs, but instead, I am focusing on our personal values that help determine the word, freedom.
Take students as an example. When we are in middle school and high school, we have a home to go back to every night. However, there are certain rules that we have to obey, regulations that our parents implement on a daily basis. Finally, college came around the corner, and we all could not wait to be set free. You feel like the strings that has been restraining you for 18 years has been cut off, that you are free. Yet you cannot argue the fact that if it does feel safe and warm when you go home and visit family over break. Most importantly, you miss it.
I understand the example above does not apply to every single one of you, but what I am trying to express here is that there’s a point where too much freedom no longer feels comfortable. I believe that we are called individuals because we have distinct opinions, and that is exactly why we have our own determination towards freedom.
I think that the most powerful message this show has conveyed to me is the frustration people have regarding their own status no matter how high or low you are on placed on in the society. Everyone strives for freedom, but from time to time we allow ourselves to be caged in order to find the balance in life.