WarnerMedia is officially announcing the casting additions of actors Mark Dacascos (John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum) and Chelsea Muirhead (Spare Parts) as series regulars for HBO Max martial arts action crime drama, Warrior. Both actors join a cast of new and returning actors for the upcoming ten-episode third season, led once more by series star Andrew Koji (Paramount Pictures’ Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins, Sony Picutures’ upcoming Bullet Train).
SNAKE EYES: G.I. JOE ORIGINS Teaser Trailer, Featurette: Henry Golding Sets The Tone For A New Franchise Beginning
Just in time for anyone tuning into MTV on Sunday night, the first official teaser trailer arrived for Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins. The press launch also includes a behind-the-scenes featurette with headlining cast Henry Golding and Andrew Koji who star as the iconic famed Hasbro rivaling duo, Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow.
Excited for Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins yet after Thursday’s first look reveal? If not, take a gander at the first poster for the new Hasbro film adaptation starring Henry Golding, debuting a first in Hasbro history for an original tale about the agile maverick ninja warrior.
David Bloomer/Cinemax/WarnerMediaThe episode immediately starts from episode 7 with the Hop Wei and the Long Zi charging at each other in the streets of Chinatown. Both sides experiencing casualties in a bloody battle.Penny wakes up to Mayor Blake and Buckley discussing a solution for the Chinatown brawl. Buckley tells Mayor Blake must side with Senator Crestwood with handling the Chinatown violence leaking out. Penny hears the news as she worries and Blake gives the railway contract to Byron, inviting him to a dinner in Crestwood’s honor.Wang Chao visits the Hop Wei to discuss a resolution with Mai Ling, Father Jun accepts the meeting as he tells Young Jun that they must fight smarter and wanting to understand Mai Ling’s motives as he knew Long Zii’s.Father Jun and Young Jun meet with Mai Ling and Li Young coming to terms of not breaking their truce. Lao Ting proposes a fight between a fighter from the Hop Wei and a fighter from the Long Zi. If the Hop Wei wins, the truce still stands 5 more years but if the Long Zi wins, they get a piece of Hop Wei territory to sell opium independently. Father Jun and Mai Ling agree to the terms.O’Hara and Lee continue their route in Chinatown as O’Hara is still haunted by Damon. Finally the Foon Hai come to collect which causes O’Hara to snap and beat down the men. Lee stops O’Hara, trying to reason with him on how they can resolve the payment. O’Hara tries to find a way out of being in the Chinatown force while Lee continues investigating the Foon Hai.Ah Toy speaks with her business partner Patterson about the property she wishes to buy, only to be outbid and to be blackmailed Timmons. Ah Toy chooses to pay along with the plan of silencing Timmons. Patterson goes to pay for the land as Timmons try to persuade him to conduct business without Ah Toy. She intrudes on the meeting and kills Timmons, cementing her claim on her property.Ah Sahm visits Penny as she opens up on her concerns, knowing it has no future. Ah Sahm tries to reason with Penny only to be dismissed of what they have done. He returns to the Hop Wei only to be tested by Father Jun has chosen him to fight Li Young.David Bloomer/Cinemax/WarnerMediaAh Sahm agrees to the fight but goes to the brothel to drink away his emotions, even fighting a white customer on the treatment of the women. Ah Toy stops Ah Sahm, telling him that she is done looking out for him as he has no purpose and will not beat Li Young. He leaves to be greeted by Mai Ling.Mai Ling urges her brother not to fight as Li Young is stronger and sees right through Ah Sahm’s motives whereas Ah Sahm asks her who really killed Long Zii, seeing through her motives.The episode ends with Ah Sahm and Li Young training for their fight, Lai finding Ah Toy’s sword, training with it. Byron hiring Leary’s men while Buckley watches from afar and O’Hara and Lee find the body of Timmons, suspecting the swordsman is spilling out of Chinatown.This is not going to be easy on who or what to focus on after re-watching this episode because I only focused on one scene when I first watched it. Now we are going to focus on Ah Toy, O’Hara, Penny and Ah Sahm.With Ah Toy being highlighted in the previous episode, her business partner Patterson has informed her of Timmons and what he plans to do if she does not step away from buying the property. Ah Toy shows how she handles business if she is not heard, from scarring one girl for bringing the Long Zi into her brothel to disfiguring Zan and Holbrook. Ah Toy goes so far to get what she worked hard for.Because Ah Toy chose to run a brothel, she still wants to be seen as an equal businesswoman but as my mother put it, it’s a glass ceiling. Being Asian, a woman and a boss in a world of men.O’Hara has been dealing with the fallout of Damon’s death since episode 6 and it is slowly catching up to him when the Foon Hai approach him in person. O’Hara is desperately trying to resign his position in the Chinatown force but both Lee and his wife Lucy still stand by him.O’Hara being the one that quotes the title of the episode, he tells this to Lee as he never had to think outside of doing his police work. And it is a talk with Lucy that brings him back to the reality. Lucy knows what Bill has been up to, even understanding that they are in trouble. Lucy reassures that she will still stand with Bill and urges him to fix it.O’Hara’s internal conflicts have finally come out and now with the help of Lee and Lucy, this brings him back onto his path whether he likes it or not.Penny’s decision to call off the affair with Ah Sahm has impacted her emotionally as she attends Crestwood’s dinner party. As she sees her father attending, she overhears Blake and Crestwood discuss the problem with the Chinese population and how they affect the city.Penny openly expresses her opinions on Crestwood’s views on the Chinese and Mayor Blake tries to silence her but she defies both of them. Though her opinions fall on deaf ears, Penny is coming to and breaking away from the community she knew of.With respect for Jacob and what she has experienced with Ah Sahm, Penny is ready to have a voice for herself and finally come to make something of her own. Something we will see in the second season.Now we come to Ah Sahm and his pursuit of purpose, when Lu gave him a boost of confidence back in episode 5, Ah Sahm wanted to be with Penny. As we saw in the episode prior, he had to back out of his date with Penny to save his sister. This was brought up along with the Tong fight in the streets by Penny. Hoping she would reach him on how his lifestyle will be a dead end, she ends the affair as he tries to reach out to her with a better life. The scene itself brings it back to the moment they met where Penny only sees Ah Sahm for what he is, prompting him to leave.This loss of purpose and a probable goal is added to his emotional state when he is chosen to fight for the Hop Wei. And after assaulting a drunk man, Ah Toy has no support for his antics and cementing the fact that Li Young is training and will win the fight compared to Ah Sahm. The spiral continues to go down as he sees Mai Ling.Mai Ling knowing her brother who always has to prove himself, states he will not win. Ah Sahm seeing that Penny, Ah Toy and Mai Ling left him in a state of mind where he has nothing, pushes him to train for the fight. This mindset and internal conflict is not over yet.Reviewing this episode definitely hits on a personal level for me, among other episodes and especially when we get to Season 2. Ah Toy, O’Hara and Penny are finally coming to accept what they are capable of but Ah Sahm is heading down a spiral that will lead to something else.
WARRIOR Series Review: Ep. 1 “The Itchy Onion” Soothes The Itch With World-Building Action And Intrigue
Now I have talked about this series on end and I think it’s time to talk about each episode and character on how it all culminated to an end on December 4, 2020.
Can it be October already? Preferably the weekend of October 2, because the second season of the hit series Warrior is well on the way, and after whetting our appetites with a teaser this summer, we now have an official trailer, and the show’s intended love letter to Bruce Lee is all over the place.
As gutting as it was when many of us learned that Cinemax would be axing its original programming from its slate, it was a pill we all had to swallow. The good news, however, is that while Gangs Of London has a new home, the HBO network subsidiary is still taking to fans of their hit series, Warrior, with the promise of a TV and MaxGo.com October premiere date for the second season.
SNAKE EYES: ‘Warrior’ Series Star Andrew Koji Nabs The Role Of Storm Shadow For Paramount And Hasbro Film Spin-Off
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It was certainly a matter of time, but Cinemax is making it official as of Wednesday with news that Warrior has been renewed for a second season. Len Amato, president, HBO Films, Miniseries and CINEMAX Programming, made the announcement this week as episode four of the hit martial arts series remains pending for its Friday broadcast on Cinemax.
DEEP PAN FURY: Watch ‘Warrior’ Star Andrew Koji Slay Gangsters In This Incredible Martial Arts Action Short
I know I’m not earning any particular points for this, but the mood is definitely about right this week just shy of 48 hours until Cinemax’s series premiere, Warrior. For those not yet familiar with one of starring actor Andrew Koji’s recent exploits, indie director Charlie Dennis’s kickstarter-backed action short, Deep Pan Fury, I humbly invite any and all to check it out above.
As it stands, the future couldn’t be brighter for the fate of martial arts cinema on television. With Into The Badlands making its exit from AMC in a few weeks, Cinemax is officially next in line with its own roster led by breakout actor Andrew Koji in the new series, Warrior, born and bread from the mind of the late Bruce Lee and re-birthed through the auspices of daughter Shannon Lee, and creators Justin Lin’s Perfect Storm and Jonathan Tropper’s Tropper Ink.
That Cinemax’s latest martial arts drama, Warrior, is already working the kinks out for its second season could be telling about what promise the first may hold. Bruce Lee fans and folks keen on this inspired period drama from Shannon Lee, Justin Lin (Fast franchise) and Jonathan Tropper (Banshee) will get just the insight they’re looking for when it premieres on April 5, as stated in the official teaser trailer above.