#IntotheBadlands S2 Ep 7 “Black Heart, White Mountain” Recap & Review
Episode Grade: 8
We start right where we left off Sunny lies lifeless on the ground of the ski lodge, after the fight with the Abbots, his eyes open and his hand over his chest.
In Sunny dreamland, Sunny he is laying in bed at a farmhouse, and Veil enters and kisses him. She's happy he's awakened from a fever he's been suffering from the past few days. A 10-year-old Henry comes in, as Sunny bewilderedly stares at his family. Veil suggests Sunny’s still delirious and asks if she can get him anything, but he replies that he has "everything I ever wanted right here.” Sunny then hears someone whisper his name. When he looks out the window, he sees the ghostly figure of a girl.
In the present, M.K. spots markings forming on Sunny’s chest and Bajie realizes that Cyan hurt Sunny with the Hand of Five Poisons, a deadly technique. Bajie tells M.K. that the bruises are affecting Sunny's organs and doubts he can be saved. M.K. refuses to let him die after just losing Ava.
In Sunny dreamland, while playing in the yard, Henry tells Sunny that he wants to be a fighter when he grows up. Sunny brushes it off and continue playing and they run into the barn where they see their pigs have been slaughtered and arranged in a row with the sign of crosses in their backs. Sunny quickly turn Henry around and told him that a wolf did it.
In the present, M.K. drips water onto Sunny's face and notices his bruises worsening. Bajie tells M.K. it's a "lousy way to go.” M.K. is taken aback by Bajie’s already giving up on Sunny and suggests that the old scrolls that he saw in the Master office may be able to help them find a cure for Sunny. M.K wants to go and steal it, but Bajie quickly objects and reminds M.K. that neither of them has their gift anymore and the mission will be risky, but M.K. doesn’t care and convinces him it's the right thing to do.
In Sunny dreamland, Sunny noticed the ghostly girl staring at him from afar near the woods, but she disappears when Veil comes out of the farmhouse. Veil tells Sunny that she was worried about what happened with the pigs and Sunny reassured her that would protect her.
Sunny enters Henry's room and notices he was hiding something and asks him to see his hands when he showed him Sunny notice a gash on Henry’s hand. Henry admits he accidentally cut himself with a sword he got from Artemis, a girl he met in the woods. When Henry pulls the sword from under his bed, it's Nathaniel Moon's ringed sword, Sunny tells Henry to stay away from Artemis, but he runs to Veil in far as Veil looks at Sunny disappointingly with the ring sword in his hand.
In the present, M.K. and Bajie drive the car they stole from Nos’s with Sunny in the back. Bajie admits he left the Monastery because of a girl named Flea, his Novice at the time, who was cleansed after she violently blocked out while trying to save a dark one from slavers. Bajie tells M.K “No one survived. Not even the people she was trying to help.” (In the comments tell him if you think The Widow is Flea or who you think Flea is?)
Jade is relaxing and taking a bath at her mansion when she heard sounds, but no would come when she is calling out. Jade got out the bath and head out only to catch a group of house Cogs stealing from her. When she confronts them, one of the Cogs slaps her and says she's done taking orders from her. Marcel, Jade's Regent, enters and tells her that the Widow's forces have breached their gates and the Cogs are deserting, and the armadillo Clippers are pledging their loyalty to the Widow.
Meanwhile, in Sunny dreamland, Sunny finds horrifying cuts on Henry's back in the shape of kill tats. Henry says Artemis did it to him because she was angry over Sunny taking the sword. Veil rushes in and tends to Henry. In the kitchen, the ghostly figure that Sunny had been seeing appears and grabs him by the neck choking him and asks Sunny if he remembers her, and Sunny asks if she’s Artemis.
In the present, Sunny is choking in the back of the car, and M.K. hurry and search the car for something and find a mask in the glove compartment and puts it on Sunny’s face.
Back at the Mansion Jade, she and a few remaining loyal armadillo Clippers try to escape, but the Widow's guards surround the mansion outside, so they decide to take a tunnel. However, they did not get far as a butterfly star is thrown into the back of Marcel's head and The Widow and Tilda corner Jade. Jade steps back to try and get a sword and tries to defend herself but is quickly disarmed. The Widow acknowledge Jade for catching on quick to the “the game” procuring her Baron position. Jade reminds the Widow she doesn't kill women, and she quickly responded that she doesn’t but he might, and Quinn enters the room.
Outside, Bajie and M.K. park near the Monastery and leave Sunny in the car. Bajie tells M.K. how to sneak in, but refuses to go in himself. M.K. says Bajie about killing his mother and compares himself to Flea. He shares his plan to find Azra by using Sunny's compass and his book which piqued Bajie's interest, and they head off together, with Moon's sword.
At Jade Mansion, Quinn speaks privately to Jade and notes how she rose to power after being a Cog, just like him. Jade expresses her true love for Ryder and tells Quinn she chose Ryder because he “wasn't a stone-hearted machine like you.” And he was a killer and killing was what he does, Quinn, affected and offended walks away. The Widow waits to see Jade's fate, but Quinn tells her to have someone escort Jade to the border to be left on her own to see how hard life could be without protection.
At the Monastery, M.K. and Bajie are inside the Monastery, and the Novices and Abbotts are having lunch, Bajie tells M.K. to look for a leather satchel while he rummages through the Master's Scrolls. M.K. finds the satchel with cleansing needles inside, and Bajie finds the scroll about the Hand of Five Poisons and steals Sunny’s compass. M.K. searched for Sunny's compass, but Bajie who pocketed it tells M.K. to forget it that the compass is long gone.
The Master appears and launches Bajie and M.K. into the mess hall, where a group of Novices and Abbots is eating. She welcomes Bajie home and declares him a disappointment. M.K. tells the Master about Ava's death. The Master blames Bajie, saying M.K that Bajie only cares about himself, and orders the Novices and Abbots to attack them. Bajie instructs M.K. to cut the Novices, which makes them turn on the Abbots with their chi power. While the Novices and Abbots fight each other, M.K. and Bajie escape as the Novices surrounds the Master.
In Sunny dreamland, Veil plans to leave and take Henry away from Sunny. Sunny hears Artemis laugh and runs out of the farmhouse, only to find she's not there. He hears Veil scream, and returns to the farmhouse and finds Veil dead. He cry’s as he holds her bloody body in his arm, then notices bloody footsteps and follows them outside. Artemis points him in the direction of the pig pen, where Sunny finds Henry covered in blood. Henry admits he killed Veil because he didn't want to leave telling Sunny “I'm going to be just like you.”
Sunny grabs a sword and runs to the woods to find Artemis. He whips out Moon's sword, but Artemis reminds Sunny that he has already killed her and her brother telling him that “We're nothing but black lines on your back now.” As Sunny looks out he sees ghostly figures of his past victims surround him with swords and slash lines on Sunny's back in the shape of his Clipper tattoos.
In the present, Sunny shakes and Bajie uses the scroll to determine where to place the needles into Sunny. After he embeds the last one, Sunny awakens. The next morning, M.K. tells Sunny how Bajie saved his life, but Sunny doubts it was Bajie's plan. M.K. admits he couldn't lose Sunny and that Sunny is the closest thing to family.
M.K. finds Bajie near a stream and commends him for his help. Bajie confesses that he couldn’t bring Flea back after she was cleaned by using his gift, which is why he doesn't have it anymore. Bajie tells M.K, which he looked everywhere for Flea except the Badlands. As M.K. goes to tend to Sunny, Bajie stares at Sunny’s compass.
Overall another great episode, I love seeing Veil, and Sunny living together and how cute was little Henry, well until he turned into killer Henry. I am curious to see what Bajie will do with Sunny’s compass and why he stole it in the first place. I am still disappointed in the Widow but was impressed at Jade for standing up to Quinn knowing that he can and might have killed her, I was surprised that he let her live.
Question of the episode
• Who do you think Flea is in the Badlands? I believe that it is the Widow.