FEAR THE WALKING DEAD: The Complete Second Season Brings Another Look at the Zombie Beginnings!

Jeri Jacquin

Coming to Bluray and Digital HD December 13th from Anchor Bay Entertainment is the mega-walker hit FEAR THE WALKING DEAD: The Complete Second Season.

The group finds themselves on the boat Abigail headed down to San Diego. Madison (Kim Dickens) and Travis (Cliff Curtis) are trying to keep everyone together including Chris (Lorenzo Henrie), Daniel (Ruben Blades), Ofelia (Mercedes Mason), Nick (Frank Dillane) and Alicia (Alycia Carey). But everyone seems to be working against each other as Strand (Colman Domingo) takes on the role of leader. When Chris and Nick take a jump off the boat it is the worst time as another boat approaches.

Trying to get away they make it to an island Travis meets a family that tells him San Diego is no better off than anyplace else as the military has burned it to the ground. When suspicions about Strand reach their peak, it is discovered that he has plans to head to Mexico, Baja to be exact. Strand tells them all that where he is going has supplies and safety.

Needing supplies now, a group goes to shore to salvage from a plane on the beach. They discover two survivors and when walkers come for them they get back to the boat. Strand isn’t happy with the two new passengers and demands they be put on a raft away from the boat. 

In Mexico it is Nick who goes ashore looking for Strand’s people but the group can no longer escape the pirates that want their boat. Now on the ground they must get to Strand’s compound and after a night of shooting leader Celia wants them all to leave. Chris runs with Travis following and after a confrontation with his mother, Nick takes off as well. 

When Travis tells Nick that he and Chris aren’t coming back, the young man tries to return but ends up in the middle of a pack of wolves and walkers. Wounded, Nick wanders until he is found by Luciana (Danay Garcia) who ignores him but that doesn’t last when he walks his way into their compound. 

Taken to the community leader Alejandro (Paul Calderson), Nick hears the stories of the community that are believed by all including Luciana. He also learns about a ‘store’ where supply and demand are all about what you bring for trading.

Madison, Strand, Alicia and Ofelia try to get back to the boat onto to discover it is gone. Up on a ridge is a hotel where the group discover showers, beds, drink and walkers. Deciding they need to rest, everyone gets cleaned up while Strand and Madison tie one on at the hotel bar.

Travis and Chris are on the road and find a farmhouse where they hope to find food. When a group pull up in a pickup, Travis immediately doesn’t trust them. When the farmer comes out to protect his land, Chris takes matters in his own hands to the horror of is on-looking father.

With walkers everywhere, Alicia comes up with a plan and Madison becomes the bait to lead them away. Ofelia goes off on her own heading back to the United States border. Madison and Elena need to begin trading and heads to Alejandro warehouse. While she is there Madison realizes that talk she is hearing is about Nick!

Heading back to the hotel, it is decided to close the hotel and lock the gates. Madison decides to break a rule and the consequences bring other survivors to the hotel and in the middle of the pack is Travis. 

Marco (Alejandro Edda), leader of the warehouse, decides that he wants the community for his own and no matter how much Nick tries to talk him down, he refuses to listen. Going back to Alejandro, he tries to talk the community into leaving and sets a trap for Marco and his gang.

Now Nick and Luciana begin walking towards the border with the survivors not knowing that Ofelia has reached there as well. Strand is upset with Madison for letting Travis into their group and is told he has to leave. After Alicia’s act to save Travis, all three get into a car and leave the hotel and decide to look for Nick. 

Discovering the community he was in is gone; they find Alejandro who tells them Nick is headed for the border. At the border Nick and Luciana cross and see a helicopter but aren’t aware that a group has surrounded them capturing Nick and Luciana!

Dickens as Madison has her motherly enabling cut to the quick this season. When each of the kids makes their own decisions, it isn’t about saving them as about accepting that there is nothing she can do to stop them. Alicia stays behind and now Madison focuses all her energy on keeping her alive.

Curtis as Travis is another enabler who hasn’t quite cut the cord from his son Chris but boy does that kid make it eventually easy. Hoping their time together will bond them to survive together and return to Madison, in one moment it all falls apart and he is now in the same boat as his wife.

Dillane as Frank does a little growing up this season walking away from his family. Discovering the community it is his chance to actually help without anyone knowing of his family failures. Sister Alicia played by Carey is also finding her own place in the world making decisions that are actually quite helpful. The highlight is her plan to lead the dead to become ocean bobble heads!

Henrie as Chris has an attitude stuck up his teenage attitude and walking away puts everyone in danger. Believing he knows more about what’s right in this new world than father Travis, he has no problem proving it to the devastation of his father.

Mason as Ofelia is a tough customer who isn’t going to give in just because strangers show up at the hotel. Garcia as Luciana is also another tough woman who just wants to do what’s right for the community and follows Alejandro almost blindly. Calderson as Alejandro wants what’s best for his community and the dark secret he hides is a little selfish to my way of thinking. Bad dude Marco played by Edda doesn’t see what’s coming because, as we all know, greed blinds.

Domingo as Strand shows a more humane side once they reach the hotel. He begins to see Madison more as a friend rather than a hindrance and one night of drinking loosens his story. When Madison decides to leave there is a sense of betrayal but with Strand you never quite know what he is feeling – very poker face!

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FEAR THE WALKING DEAD: The Complete Second Season takes the storyline into a chaotic space where the group that wanted to stick together has become split apart. It is interesting to watch the dynamics of the characters finally become worn out and the kids wanting to run as far away from adults as they can. 

The parental side of me yelled ‘let ‘em run and see how far they get’ and then sat back the rest of the season to discover how they would fair in the new world. It became all to quickly noticeable that maybe I should have been worried about the adults! 

It seems the group has found itself amongst some of the most nasty undesirables. The hotel has its usual dead-beat non-paying flesh rotten guests, the warehouse has abusive robbers, the road has kill-happy border seekers and a community has a leader who isn’t exactly truthful.

Finding their way back to each other is going to bring about a whole new set of problems heading back to the U.S. border where everything they have experienced might be a piece of cake in comparison!

What do you expect when the world has turned on itself right?

The Bluray includes all 648 minutes of storytelling of characters facing the unknown and walkers! All 15 episodes are included as well as the Bonus Features of Audio Commentaries, Deleted Scenes, Flight 462 Webisodes, Q&A with Cast and Creative Team from PaleyFest LA 2016, Inside ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ and The Making of ‘Fear the Walking Dead’. 

In the end – the post apocalyptic world is tearing them apart!

VIKINGS: Season 4 Volume 1 Storms onto Bluray

Jeri Jacquin

This week is one of the most fantastic series ever to hit television from HISTORY and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment with VIKINGS: Season Four Volume One on Bluray!

Ragnar’s (Travis Fimmel) raid of Paris has left him wounded as he and the Vikings return to Kattegat. Dealing with the pain, a slave named Yidu helps so what she can. That is when the two become closer than the others would like. It is when Ragnar finds Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) does he find a way to hold him responsible for the death of Athelstan.

Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) decides it is time for him to go out on his own and discover what he is made. While the Vikings deal with their inner struggles, King Ecbert (Linus Roache) takes his military to rescue Princess Kwenthrith (Amy Bailey) but it is Aethelwulf (Moe Dunford) who fights to force the rescue. 

Now Queen Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland) and Ragnar’s oldest son Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) need to bring the group together to prepare for what will happen next. That’s not stopping Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) for solidifying her position as a woman to be feared among men.

The biggest shock is that Rollo (Clive Standen) has begun a transformation by marrying Princess Gisla (Morgane Polanski), becoming a Duke and learning the ways of the Franks. He learns the language and helps his wife’s father prepare a defense upon Ragnar’s return. 

That might take time as Yidu (Dianne Doan) has been giving Ragnar medicine that causes him to hallucinate and become addicted. When Bjorn arrives back to the village, he and Ragnar talk as they should have done much earlier. So when he announces that there will be another raid on Paris, Ubbe (Jordan Smith) and Hvitserk (Marco Ilso) is told they will travel as well.

Lagertha and Harald (Peter Franzen) meet up with Ragnar sailing up the river toward France. Getting closer it becomes quickly clear that Rollo is leading the French against them! In quick order Lagertha’s group is attacked in the marsh and chains hit Harald’s ship. As Ragnar and Rollo look into each other’s eyes, it is clear that this is far from over.

Ragnar forms another plan but in Paris, Odo (Owen Roe) and Emperor Charles (Lothaire Bluteau) do not trust Rollo and in trying to get rid of him ends up dead. Given the Iron Hand of Frankia, he is now trusted with the welfare of Paris. 

Back in Kattegat, Harbard (Kevin Durand) returns to the village and Aslaug is pleased to see him that is until she realizes he is helping himself to other village women. She isn’t the only woman who’s had enough in the Viking realm as Kwenthrith and Judith finally have their own meeting.

Ragnar’s new plan has the ships going over land to come around to the river once again. That is met with the battle that the French ships can not handle but not before Halfdan, Floki and Lagertha are wounded. It what should be a battle between brothers to the finish is stopped and Rollo is seen as the hero of Paris and Ragnar disappears.

It is what happens in the years that follow that will decide Ragnar’s fate!

Fimmel as Ragnar is the most stellar character ever and he is totally going to get my praise for that. From the moment fans laid eyes on Fimmel, it was clear we were looking at someone and something spectacular. Each and ever episode Fimmel has left his mark and even when he goes a little nuts, we root for him to get back up and be the Viking we cheer. 

Winnick as Lagertha will always be considered the real queen of the Vikings. I know this to be true because every fan that I have spoken to about the series believes that she is strong, powerful and intelligent – very queen-like to their way of thinking. Winnick has thrown a few curves here and there but always ready to grab her armor and sword and take on a fight.

Standen as Rollo continues to push fans to their limits! Turning on Ragnar wouldn’t be considered a smart thing but then again Rollo hasn’t exactly followed the usual Viking route right? Skarsgard as Floki also has a stressful season coming face to face with Ragnar and a secret he’s been keeping.

Ludwig as Bjorn has grown into this role and absolutely made it his own. In season four there finally came a moment where going off to discover what he is made of, Ludwig changes his stance and attitude returning as a strong Viking. Fans of Ludwig are thrilled with the growth of this character.

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TUBS OF POPCORN: I give VIKINGS: Season 4 Volume 1 five tubs of popcorn out of five. There is absolutely everything about this series that falls into the awesome category of television watching. From the very first season it became clear quickly that a fan base was created and easily sustained every season up until now.

VIKINGS character Ragnar Lothbrok is a mythological Norse hero and what the stories are based on. Considered responsible for raids on England, Ragnar began as a farmer. Also part of the stories are wife Lagertha and brother Rollo.

The series for HISTORY is created and written by Michael Hirst who is also responsible for the film ELIZABETH and the series The Tudors (another fantastic show you can catch up on!).

The Special Features on the VIKINGS Bluray include The Transformation of Rollo, The Viking Seafaring Prowess, The Sons of Ragnar Interactive Piece and Extended Episodes. This 3 disc set has over 800+ minutes of story that has made this series one of the hottest to hit television.

This is a series that you can watch over and over again never tiring of the intense storytelling, the amazing set design and character driven acting. This past summer at San Diego Comic Con International I was please to head over to the exhibit prepared for fans of the show and, of course, I didn’t forget to bring my Viking horn!

VIKINGS is a series that requires a gathering of your own army, serious food and grog and a weekend of cheering for the side you choose.

In the end – whose side will you join?

ABC’s DESIGNATED SURVIVOR is a Must See that Begins September 21st

Jeri Jacquin

Can you feel it? That buzzing of the fall television season when new shows are rolling out looking for an audience. Well, let me tell you that ABC’s DESIGNATED SURVIVOR doesn’t need to roll far to find viewers.

The series stars Keifer Sutherland as Tom Kirkman, a lower level cabinet member who is enjoying a night with his wife Alex (Natascha McElhone). Watching television an agent bursts into the room trying to protect a confused Kirkman. When he is informed that something is wrong because communications are cut he goes to the window.

As he pulls the curtains back, there is an explosion at the capital where the President, V.P. and the cabinet members are. Within minutes Kirkman is whisked away to the Oval Office and he is sworn in as President. 

Rushing to the bathroom for a moment to gather his thoughts, now President Kirkman hears Seth Wright, a speech writer (Kal Penn) unknowingly telling Kirkman that the new President should just resign. That isn’t Kirman’s only problem as son Leo (Tanner Buchanan) is wrapped up in his own illegal activity and daughter Penny (Mckenna Grace) doesn’t understand what is happening.

That alone is a shaky start for the new President who is surrounded by staff keeping him on track with Chief of Staff Aaron (Adan Canto), and Chief of Staff Emily (Italia Ricci). Listening to what they have to say it quickly becomes clear that Kirkman isn’t someone to mess with. 

Surrounded by Secret Service people like Mike (LaMonica Garrett) and Hannah Wells (Maggie Q), this is a life Kirkman will have to get use to!

Sutherland as the new President begins a little confused (who wouldn’t be) and once the realization of the situation set in, he straightens his tie and takes on a leader who pushes the new Presidents button. Lets get serious here, Sutherland as President? I wouldn’t mind a tee-shirt that has Sutherland for President on it! In his new role is a chance for Sutherland to go full on Prez. This actor has worked hard to be memorable and has succeeded. 

McElhone as First Lady Alex has to process everything that’s happened and it will be interesting to see what she does with this role. Buchanan as Leo is going to be a sore spot for a few episodes I think or pretty much the ‘I’m going to do illegal things’ problem child.

Kal Penn as Seth is a perfect member of the cast. Having a little bit of experience Penn has worked at the White House so it should make his performance even more believable.

Truth be told I love the first episode because I can see how the show is going to get intense (you blow up the State Capitol people will want heads to roll). ABC should be thrilled that there are so many Sutherland fans in the world who are excited to see him in a series once again.

Prepare for thrills, suspense, mystery, intensity, and strength because DESIGNATED SURVIVOR will be bringing it all!

THREE DAYS OF TERROR: The Charlie Hebdo Attacks

Jeri Jacquin

Coming from Emmy nominated filmmaker Dan Reed and HBO Documentary Films on September 19th is the in-depth look at one of the most heinous terror attacks with THREE DAYS OF TERROR: The Charlie Hebdo Attacks.

Described as a lovely sunny day in Paris, it would not end as well. On January 7th, 2015 two men would enter the building searching for the magazine Charlie Hebdo. Once they found it, the two terrorist opened fire killing twelve staff.

That is not where it will end as the Kouachi brothers of Algerian descent, continued their spree on the street killing two police officers and wounding eleven more. When the police arrive there is a bit of confusion as to what has happened but once it is made clear the intense manhunt begins.

While the police focus their efforts on the Kouachi brothers, a man named Amedy Coulibaly enters a supermarket and another hostage situation is taking place. Killing happens swiftly as more police discover that he knows the Kouachi brothers. Coulibaly makes it clear that if the Kouachi brothers are harmed, the hostages will be as well.

The brothers are found outside of Paris as they take refuge in a sign company building. Now everything must be handled carefully as the brothers have a hostage as well. The French police do what they must because letting any of the three hostages get away is not an option.

This is just a micro overview of the events that happened on that day. In this documentary, it is the voice of those who lived the horror and the days of terror after that are so moving it is difficult to watch at times.

Dan Reed has made some of the most memorable documentary’s including Terror in Moscow (2003), The 9/11 Liars (2006), Terror in Mumbai (2009), The Ground Zero Mosque (2011), and Children of the Tsunami (2012). I have seen the documentaries above and I can honestly say that THREE DAYS OF TERROR: The Charlie Hebdo Attacks gives Reed even more credibility as a documentary filmmaker.

HBO Documentary Films produces the most amazing documentaries that also include Band of Brothers, When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts and Angels in America to name a few. HBO has won Emmy and Golden Globe Awards for their continual search for excellent programming and deservedly so. 

What would follow from that day to this is the phrase that would and should be the cry of those who believe in the freedom of speech and expression which is Je Suis Charlie Hebdo [I am Charlie Hebdo]. 

Now the world celebrates Frederic Boisseau, Jean Cabu, Elsa Cayat, Philippe Honore, Bernard Verlhac, Bernard Maris, Mustapha Ourrad, Michel Renaud, Georges Wolinsky and editor-in-chief Stephane ‘Charb’ Charbonnier. Also, Frederic Boisseau, Officer Ahmed Merabet and Officer Clarissa Jean-Philippe, and Brigadier Franck Brinsolaro. Let us not forget Yoav Hattab, Yohan Cohen, Philippe Braham and Francois-Michel Saada.

All of these names should be repeated over and over again enough to dissolve the names of those who are responsible. Charlie Hebdo went to press soon after the attack and continues today holding up their belief in freedom of expression. 

Reed puts together these events moment by moment and HBO Documentary Films brings it to us all. This is one of the most emotional documentaries that I have ever watched because every person that speaks is a weight on the heart. There is a totally understandable rawness that lets every viewer inside their private and harrowing story as well as their loss.

In the midst of it all are the law enforcement officers who do everything humanly possible after not only witnessing the after-Hebdo effects but an assault on their own officers and a secondary attack. It is three days that made a country stronger than ever! 

THREE DAYS OF TERROR: The Charlie Hebdo Attack is a timeline of an event that will never be forgotten because Je Suis Charlie!

The Black List
ARCHER The Complete Season Seven is Ready to Bring the Laughs on Bluray!

Jeri Jacquin

Now on DVD from the brilliant mind of creator Adam Reed, FXX and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is one of the funniest spy groups in history lead by the hilarious ARCHER: The Complete Season Seven.

Starting over in Hollywood with a new agency, Archer (H. Jon Benjamin) jumps right in with guest star Ona Grauer as a Veronica Deane impersonator who he feels should be respected as a Hollywood star in The Figgis Agency! This episode brings out some of the amazing voice talent of Keegan-Michael Key, Patton Oswalt and J.K. Simmons.

But Oswalt doesn’t stop there bringing the character of Alan Shapiro back when Archer and Alana (Aisha Tyler) continue with The Handoff while the everyone else is in the office having a good time over a voicemail.

In Deadly Prep Archer decides to go to a reunion that might just give him a business opportunity which is hilarious since Archer doesn’t have the best reputation or head for anything with the word business in it. Jon Daley and Jon Glaser lend their voices and Keegan Michael Key returns as Detective Diedrich.

Archer is put in a precarious position when he is asked to help locate a stranger’s birth mother but leave it to Ron Leibman to give his best vocal talent to Ron Cadillac which is always hilarious.

Bel Panto: Part I & II take Archer and Lana to a fundraiser that isn’t going to end well. I mean does any party these two attend go well? When hostage taking is as bad as cheap champagne, Archer and Lana have to find a way out. The return of Patton Oswalt, J.K. Simmons and Keegan-Michael Key has me cracking up even more.

When the battle of who is the sexiest breaks out in Double Indecency between Cyril (Chris Parnell), Krieger (Lucky Yates), Pam (Amber Nash) and Cheryl (Judy Greer) you can be sure it’s going to go down in such a way that I’m suggesting you don’t drink liquid during this episode. I shot Gatorade out of my nose and I’m still healing!

Christian Slater is Slater and he is going to make sure that during a Liquid Lunch he is going to cause trouble for Archer and Lana. No, I did not shoot anything out my nose during this episode are you crazy – alcohol stings but feel free to try it for yourself. Slater rocks!

In Deadly Velvet Part I & II the gang is back together as Keegan-Michael Key, John O’Hurley, Patton Oswalt and J.K. Simmons deal with The Figgis Agency when Crane wants more protection for Veronica Deane on the set of her new film. The problem is sometimes the gang is in more danger than the person they are protecting!

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ARCHER: The Complete Season Seven doesn’t need a rating by me because it is absolutely mind blowingly epic on its very own. I have loved each and every season that ARCHER has been on television.

Perhaps it is because my sense of humor is twisted or perhaps it is because I adore Archer (and the voice of H. Jon Benjamin) as a man who clearly sees life differently than any other spy in the history of spies. Each of the characters in ARCHER demand the utmost in insanity and don’t give a damn what anyone thinks of them.

I think I might have just hit on the core of ARCHER – their indifference to anyone outside their group. I’m sure they’d rather just plug them one than deal with their nonsense. From Archer to Malory (the best dressed drinker ever!) and their iconic crazy mother-son relationship ever, to Tyler’s no-nonsense Lana, Greer’s hilarious Cheryl, Nash’s devil-may-care Pam, Parnell’s go-along-to-get-along Cyril and Yates comical Krieger, this amazing cast of ARCHER can do no wrong – EVER!

With Keegan-Michael Key, Patton Oswalt and J.K. Simmons added to the hilarity it must be said that these three brought even more laughs if that is at all possible.

The DVD includes the episodes The Figgis Agency, The Handoff, Deadly Prep, Motherless Child, Bel Panto: Part I, Bel Panto: Part II, Double Indecency, Liquid Lunch, Deadly Velvet: Part I and Deadly Velvet: Part II. 

Also included is Archer Reviews Bond, Archer Live!, a Cast Table Read (Live on a Boat) and all on two discs that contain all ten episodes from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Grab your copy of ARCHER: The Complete Season Seven now and have a marathon of all season because the anticipated season eight is set to begin in April on FXX!

In the end – from vamp actresses to mummy’s to robotic legs to voicemails to clowns to hostages and bodies floating in pools it’s just another season with the funniest spies on television! 

Talking with Aramis Knight

Jeri Jacquin

AMC has quickly become the cable channel to watch with the amazing shows it has brought to viewers. One of these series is INTO THE BADLANDS that broke out onto the scene with its first season in 2016.

Based in a strange world of a feudal system where seven barons are fighting for position and power. Baron Quinn is one such individual and since there are no guns the Baron uses his army of lethal fighters led by Sunny and he rules with an iron fist.

During a battle, Quinn discovers a boy named M.K. who seems to have powers that not only intrigue Quinn. He directs Sunny to train the boy but that doesn’t stop the word from getting out about M.K. and another Baron wants the boy as well.

Aramis Knight plays the young Colt M.K. and from the moment he is seen on screen it was clear to me that he was perfect in this role. Knight has spent years of his young life acting in television in series such as Girl Meets World, Parenthood, Single with Parents, Dexter, and even Boston Legal. His film career includes RENDITION and ENDER’S GAME in the role of Bean and can be seen in the next GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY film.

I had the opportunity to speak with Knight about his role as M.K. in the AMC series INTO THE BADLANDS. 

Jeri Jacquin: Thanks for taking the time to talk to me today Aramis.

Aramis Knight: Of course Jeri, my pleasure.

JJ: Let’s dive right into it then, tell me how you came to get the role of the mysterious M.K. for AMC's INTO THE BADLANDS?

AK: It was actually a very interesting audition process for M.K. I say there are a few projects that I read that I also completely see myself in that role. That was very much what I saw with INTO THE BADLANDS. I read the scripts and really got a feel for the story and totally saw me in the character and that's something I strive for. Let me say that I'm really proud to be a part of it. The audition process was that I was the first guy to go in for the role of M.K. It was all in the very early stages and I would say it was September of 2013. They liked me and I really liked them but nothing was set between us for four or five months. I even told my rep that I wanted to really go for INTO THE BADLANDS and they auditioned 500 boys before calling me back in. They asked me to test and I got it! I mean it felt right the whole time.

JJ: I have to say now knowing there were that many people auditioning for the role that I can not imagine them not choosing you! You are so perfect for this role.

AK: I was really the first person who went in and I guess they had to turn every stone to see that it was a good fit. I think it is such an interesting process. Plus there if the fact that such a big studio like AMC behind you means you have to really find the right people. I think they wanted to be thorough in their search. I sort of get bragging rights a little, not that I'm a bragger {laughing}, I mean you know how it goes.

JJ: It's okay young man to take a bow once in a while just so you know.

AK: Oh good. 

{Did I mention this young man has a great sense of humor? Well he does!}

JJ: I was going to ask about reading the script for the first time. I can't even imagine what you thought because this series has such a different feel. What did you think?

AK: I just think it is amazing how many themes are in this series. There is allot of western, Asian, and southern influences all in one. You are going to see a lot more of influences in Season Two. They are loosely throwing around the steam punk vibe which I think is pretty awesome. It is such a mixture of so many different genres and that makes it a completely different show all together. Then you throw in the martial arts, which hasn't been done since the 1980's in television. To do it at the level we are doing it is pretty incredible. Throughout it all with the fight scenes which are arguably harder if not actually harder than the drama, I would say it is really something that is new. I would also say that it’s something that has to be experienced. I definitely understand why this hasn't been done before because it can be a difficult process to incorporate all of what is in the show.

JJ: Speaking of all the martial arts, I happen to be a fan of the genre and more recently because of the expanse in storytelling and film making, knowing that, working with Daniel Wu that has to be fantastic to watch him.

AK: Definitely! It is a completely new beast and the way these martial arts scenes are film is completely different than the filming of the martial arts scenes. The show has brought on martial arts legends to make these characters come to life. Each of them brings so much to the table teaching the moves to make the scenes such perfection. Really we have such a cohesive team and it is how it has to be to pull this off.

JJ: How is the physical part of your role for you?

AK: M.K. is a very physical role, not only in the fighting but also in the drama. There is such high intensity throughout the role, especially in season two. Season one was definitely physically taxing with learning all the moves and the grit and grim of the show along with the sweat and the blood. The muggy weather of New Orleans is also an addition to all of that and something we all had to get through. I would say that it all really helped us get to that same grit and grim of the show. 

JJ: Having lived in Alabama, I get that muggy weather.

AK: It wasn't so bad but the fight scenes kicking five guys at one time really made for some challenges.

JJ: Yes, if you are not use to it, it can be difficult with all the physicality that INTO THE BADLANDS has in it.

AK: I would say I liked it though, I'd rather be hot than cold.

JJ: You're role takes on so many twists, turns and changes, as a young actor how is that for you to have to change it up so much. How did you prepare?

AK: I think it's how many times you read the script. I love reading the script multiple times going into an episode because you really need to have an understanding of the plot, of the arc of the story because we film two episodes at a time and in the beginning we filmed three at a time. You really need to know where you are in the script and have a very clear understanding of the timeline of those episodes. I would say script analysis is really everything.

JJ: You're character; you are the one character that you never know. You and Sunny are on the same path but at different ends if that makes sense.

AK: That is so true. I think that's why Sunny and M.K. get close in that sense. They share that bond of the greater goal which is to get back home.

JJ: You are also working with this amazing huge cast. I think I'd be a little star struck. The setting is all these different barons, groups, and inner circles and they are all out for one thing - that's M.K.! 

AK: It's really amazing and I'm thrilled to be working with so many great people. I went into this process wanting to develop this specific character and I think all of us wanted that. I have mad respect for everyone else on the show and was so glad that they had respect for me. 

JJ: Working with Ally Ioannides as Tilda, she is the closest to you age wise in the whole cast.

AK: Ally and I are great friends on and off the series. We have a great relationship off the set and that comes together on the set. We have learned allot from each other and I think we have a special bond not only from the character point of view but from a personal point of view.

JJ: I would imagine you two would stick together through all of this.

AK: For sure! We have all come together as a cast.

JJ: I know you can't tell us allot about the next season but what can you share about where M.K. is going?

AK: I think that emotionally he has matured allot and he is learning to how to survive this world he lives in. The first season he didn't have much control and in season two he learns how to have that control. In season one he hasn't learned how to control his powers, his destiny - nothing about his life. It is really something he strives for. You obviously have the M.K. angst that is kind of funny and so lovable so I'm excited for everyone to see M.K. grow.

JJ: I know I'm excited to see where your character goes. In season one you are lead where everyone wants you to go so I see a breaking out coming. 

AK: Yes, a new character is introduced named Eva who M.K. develops a special relationship with and they have a great story line. I think everybody will really enjoy that.

JJ: I tried last night to explain to someone who hadn't seen the show what it is about, so if you were in the same situation, how would you describe INTO THE BADLANDS?

AK: I would call it a post apocalyptic utopian martial arts drama. I would also say that it has some of the most vivid coloring and best cinematography in television. You wouldn't expect anything less from AMC knowing THE WALKING DEAD and BREAKING BAD and MAD MEN that also have this rich cinematography and deep story telling. If you are looking for quality bad-ass television then this is the show to be watching.

JJ: Well then we agree on the badass because I have used that word quite a few times. 

AK: It's the truth!

JJ: Congratulations young man on an amazing job playing the part of M.K. Your character is so interesting and as I said I can not wait to see what Season Two has in store for us all. Thanks for spending time with us today.

AK: Thank you so much. I'm excited for everyone to see Season Two!

The first season of INTO THE BADLANDS is coming to Bluray and Digital HD and prepare for the second season with Aramis Knight as M.K. to bring even more intrigue, mystery and survival!

In the end – in a world without guns, fighting is everything!


This month, MOD viewers get a chance to see Get Out With Bonus Content, including an alternate ending, deleted scenes and more. Jordan Peele made his directorial debut in Get Out and was rewarded with 99% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. It is the story of a young African-American man (Daniel Kaluuya) who visits his white girlfriend's (Allison Williams) family estate and becomes ensnared in the more sinister, real reason for the invitation.

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades Darker, the second chapter based on the worldwide bestselling Fifty Shades book phenomenon.

May 2017 Movies on Demand/VOD on Cable Major Studio Premieres*:

Gold – 5/2 - (same day as DVD); R; Action/Drama; Matthew McConaughey, Edgar Ramirez

Rings – 5/2 - (same day as DVD); PG-13; Horror/Thriller; Matilda Lutz, Alex Roe

A Dog's Purpose – 5/2 - (same day as DVD); PG; Drama/Family; Britt Robertson, KJ Apa

Fifty Shades Darker– 5/9 - (same day as DVD); R; Drama/Romance; Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan

The Space Between Us – 5/16 - (same day as DVD); PG-13; Drama/Action; Gary Oldman, Asa Butterfield

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter – 5/16 - (same day as DVD); R; Action/Sci-Fi; Milla Jovovich, Ruby Rose

xXx: Return of Xander Cage – 5/16 - (same day as DVD); PG-13; Action/Adventure; Vin Diesel, Donnie Yen

The Great Wall – 5/23 - (same day as DVD); PG-13; Action/Adventure; Matt Damon, Jing Tian

Get Out/Get Out With Bonus Content – 5/23 - (same day as DVD); R/TV-MA; Horror/Thriller; Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams

Rock Dog – 5/23 - (same day as DVD); PG; Family/Animated; J.K. Simmons, Luke Wilson

Logan – 5/23 - (same day as DVD); R; Action/Adventure; Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart

The Shack – 5/26 - PG-13; Drama; Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer

Before I Fall – 5/30 - (same day as DVD); PG-13; Drama/Thriller; Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage

Fist Fight – 5/30 - (same day as DVD); R; Comedy; Ice Cube, Charlie Day

Indie premieres on MOD for April 2017 (highlights)*

Highlights from the indies:
My Life as a Zucchini is a brilliantly animated, heart-warming Oscar-nominated film, about a boy who learns to trust and love as he searches for a new family with the help of his new friends at a foster home.

The Salesman was the Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language film and the winner of several awards at the Cannes Film Festival. The film is about a young Iranian couple who moves to a flat in Tehran as their apartment and their lives begin to crumble. In Farsi with English subtitles.

Oscar-nominated The Red Turtle is a dialogue-less animated film that follows the major life stages of a man shipwrecked on a deserted tropical island populated by turtles, crabs and birds.

I Am Not Your Negro is an Oscar-nominated documentary connecting the lives and murders of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King and Medgar Evers to #BlackLivesMatter and today’s racial crisis in America, through the writings of James Baldwin. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson.

Finally, in The Comedian, comic icon (Robert De Niro) lives to be recognized as a comic genius but everyone only knows him as his former TV show character.

May INDIE premieres on MOD*

The Comedian – 5/2 - (same day as DVD); R; Comedy; Robert De Niro, Leslie Mann

The Red Turtle – 5/2 - (same day as DVD); PG; Animation; Peter Simonischek, Sandra Huller

Growing Up Smith – 5/2 - (same day as DVD); PG-13; Comedy/Family; Jason Lee, Anjul Nigam

The Salesman – 5/2 - (same day as DVD); PG-13; Drama/Thriller; Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti

I Am Not Your Negro – 5/2 - (same day as DVD); PG-13; Docu; Samuel L. Jackson, James Baldwin

Contemporary Color – 5/2 - (weeks before DVD); PG-13; Docu/Family; David Byrne, Nelly Furtado

The Resurrection of Gavin Stone – 5/2 - (same day as DVD); PG; Comedy/Drama/Family; Brett Dalton, Anjelah Johnson Reyes

The Shadow Effect – 5/2 - (same day as DVD); TV-MA; Action/Thriller; Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Cam Gigandet

Mindgamers – 5/2 - (same day as DVD); TV-14; Action/Sci-Fi; Tom Payne, Melia Kreiling

Hunter's Prayer – 5/5 – (Pre-theatrical); R; Action; Sam Worthington, Odeya Rush

Burden – 5/5 – (same day as theatrical); TV-14; Docu; Chris Burden, Marina Abramovic

Awakening the Zodiac – 5/9 - (Pre-theatrical); TV-MA; Action/Horror; Shane West, Leslie Bibb

Justice Served – 5/9 – (same day as DVD); TV-MA; Action/Drama; Gail O'Grady, Marvin Young

Folk Hero & Funny Guy – 5/12 – (same day as theatrical); TV-MA; Comedy/Romance; Alex Karpovsky, Wyatt Russell

Urban Hymn – 5/12 – (same day as theatrical); TV-14; Drama; Shirley Henderson, Steven Mackintosh

Dead Awake – 5/12 – (same day as theatrical); R; Horror/Thriller; Jocelin Donahue, Lori Petty

The Last Word – 5/16 - (weeks before DVD); R; Comedy/Drama; Shirley MacLaine, Amanda Seyfried

Kill Switch – 5/19 - (Pre-theatrical); TV-MA; Action/Sci-Fi; Dan Stevens, Berenice Marlohe

Fight For Space – 5/19 - (same day as theatrical); TV-14; Docu; Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Jim Lovell

The Survivalist – 5/19 - (same day as theatrical); TV-MA; Drama/Sci-Fi; Martin McCann, Olwen Fouere

Buster’s Mal Heart – 5/23 – (weeks before DVD); TV-14; Action/Drama; Rami Malek, DJ Qualls

My Life As A Zucchini – 5/23 - (same day as DVD); PG-13; Animated/Drama; Will Forte, Nick Offerman

Raw – 5/23 - (same day as DVD); R; Horror; Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf

Berlin Syndrome – 5/26 - (same day as theatrical); TV-MA; Action/Horror; Teresa Palmer

Wakefield – 5/26 - (same day as theatrical); TV-MA; Drama; Bryan Cranston, Jennifer Garner

Drone – 5/26 - (same day as theatrical); TV-MA; Action/Drama; Sean Bean, Mary McCormick

Black Butterfly – 5/26 - (same day as theatrical); R; Drama/Thriller; Antonio Banderas, Jonathan Rhys Meyers

The Exception – 5/30 - (same day as theatrical); R; Drama/Thriller; Christopher Plummer, Lily James

Collide – 5/30 - (same day as DVD); PG-13; Action/Thriller; Nicholas Hoult, Felicity Jones