Warrior (TV series)

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Warrior
Warrior (Tv series).jpg
Genre
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes14 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Production company(s)
  • Tropper Ink Productions
  • Perfect Storm Entertainment
  • Bruce Lee Entertainment
Release
Original networkCinemax
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseApril 5, 2019 (2019-04-05) –
present (present)
External links
Official website

Warrior is an American action-drama television series, executive-produced by Shannon Lee and Justin Lin, that premiered on April 5, 2019, on Cinemax.[1][2] It is based on an original concept and treatment by Bruce Lee.[3][4][5]

Jonathan Tropper was chosen by the executive producers to be the showrunner for the series.

In April 2019, Cinemax renewed the series for a second season which premiered on October 2, 2020.[6][7]

Plot[edit]

Set during the Tong Wars in late 1870s San Francisco, California, the series follows Ah Sahm, a martial arts prodigy who immigrates to San Francisco from China, in search of his sister, only to be sold to one of the most powerful tongs in Chinatown.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Andrew Koji as Ah Sahm,[8] A Chinese martial arts expert of partial European ancestry from his white American grandfather, Ah Sahm travels to San Francisco to find his missing sister and ends up being involved in the city's gang wars.
  • Olivia Cheng as Ah Toy,[8] a bisexual Madame in charge of the Hop Wei's brothel. She takes an interest with Ah Sahm due to his connections with Mai Ling.
  • Jason Tobin as Young Jun,[8] Father Jun's son and heir to the Hop Wei. He becomes fast friends with Ah Sahm.
  • Dianne Doan as Mai Ling,[8] the wife of Long Zii, head of the Long Zii Tong. She is actually Ah Sahm's sister, Xiaojing, who ran away from China to the US to escape from her abusive husband Sun Yang, who forced her to marry him to prevent him from killing her brother. As Long Zii's wife, she is the de facto second in command of the Long Zii gang.
  • Kieran Bew as Officer "Big" Bill O'Hara,[8] an Irish police officer promoted to lead the Chinatown squad. He is initially racist towards the Chinese, but changes his opinion after meeting Ah Sahm. He used to be friends with Dylan Leary, as both men were Union soldiers during the American Civil War. Due to his gambling problem, he ends up getting in trouble with both the Chinese and Irish gangs.
  • Dean Jagger as Dylan Leary,[8] an American Civil War veteran, union leader and crime lord of the Irish Mob. He hates the Chinese, whom he blames for taking away jobs meant for the Irish, and will use whatever means to ensure his goals will be met.
  • Joanna Vanderham as Penelope Blake,[8] the wife of Mayor Samuel Blake. She and her husband do not get along, as she only married Samuel to gain access to his family's wealth to help her father, Industrialist Byron Mercer. She later falls in love with Ah Sahm after he saved her life.
  • Tom Weston-Jones as Richard Lee,[8] a new police officer from Savannah, Georgia. Despite being from the South, Lee believes all races should be treated equally. He is disliked by his Irish colleagues, who are Union veterans, due to his family having fought with the Confederacy. It is later revealed he is wanted in Georgia for killing his two cousins after they tried to rape and then murdered Nora, a black daughter of former slaves and his lover.
  • Hoon Lee as Wang Chao,[8] a Black Market arms dealer who works with both the Hop Wei and Long Zii, along with the San Francisco Police. Thanks to his connections, he is free to travel to all of the Tongs territory and even serves as a middleman between them.
  • Langley Kirkwood as Walter Buckley,[8] the Deputy Mayor of San Francisco who is secretly working with Mai Ling to start a war between the Hop Wei and Long Zii.
  • Christian McKay as Mayor Samuel Blake,[8] the Mayor of San Francisco and Penelope's husband. Despite supporting anti-Chinese views to gain the backing of Irish voters, he secretly visits Ah Toy's brothel to be serviced with both male and female Chinese prostitutes.
  • Perry Yung as Father Jun,[8] leader of the Hop Wei and Young Jun's father.
  • Joe Taslim as Li Yong,[8] a Long Zii enforcer and secretly Mai Ling's lover. He's also Ah Sahm's rival in the show.
  • Dustin Nguyen[9] as Zing, the new leader of the Fung Hai Tong and Mai Ling's ally. (season 2; recurring season 1)[10]
  • Céline Buckens as Sophie Mercer, Penelope's reckless younger sister, who seeks to gain Leary's attention. (season 2)[10]
  • Miranda Raison as Nellie Davenport, a rich widow offerring asylum to Chinese immigrants, including prostitutes, thus coming into conflict with Ah Toy. (season 2)[10]
  • Chen Tang as Hong, an abrasive, young, new recruit brought over from China as reinforcement for the Hop Wei.(season 2)[10]
  • Maria Elena Laas as Rosalita Vega, a woman who runs illegal fights, where Ah Sahm frequently participates. (season 2)[10]

Recurring[edit]

  • Emily Child as Lucy O'Hara, Bill's wife.
  • Graham Hopkins as Byron Mercer, Penelope's father. (season 1)
  • Henry Yuk as Long Zii, the elderly leader of the Long Zii Tong. (season 1)
  • David Butler as Russell Flanagan, the Police Chief of San Francisco.
  • Rich Ting as Bolo,[11] a former railroad worker ("coolie") turned underground fighter who was saved by Father Jun. (season 1)
  • Brendan Sean Murray as Jack Damon, an Irish debt collector working for the Fung Hai. (season 1)
  • Kenneth Fok as Jacob, Penelope Blake's man servant.
  • Patrick Baladi as Crestwood, an anti-Chinese Senator who seeks to become president.
  • André Jacobs as Merriweather, an upper-class businessman, who frequently deals with Mercer and the Mayor.
  • Arthur Falko as Twig[8]
  • Jenny Umbhau as Lai, a peasant girl sold to Ah Toy who has a special skill set.
  • Emmanuel Castis as Clyde Nichols, an ex-Pinkerton agent hired by Mai Ling to gather dirt on Buckley. (season 2)

Guest[edit]

  • C.S. Lee as Lu, a former coolie, who became the co-owner of the saloon Ah Sahm and Young Jun take shelter in. (season 1)
  • Erica Wessels as Billie, Lu's wife and co-owner of the saloon. (season 1)
  • Rachel Colwell as Wankeia, a Native-American prostitute Young Jun falls in love with. (season 1)
  • Andrew Stock as Father Flynn, a priest who helps defend the saloon from bandits. (season 1)
  • Christiaan Schoombie as Harlan French, leader of the bandit gang. (season 1)
  • Henry Kwok as Lao Ting, a Chinese businessman who ships people from China. (season 1)
  • James Lew as Sifu Li Qiang, a Kung-Fu master who trained Ah Sahm in his youth. (season 1)
  • Frank Rautenbach as Patterson, a businessman in cahoots with Ah Toy.
  • Gaosi Raditholo as Abigail/Nora, an African-American bartender who seduces and drugs Lee. (season 2)
  • Michelle Allen as Claire, the mother of Chao's illegitimate daughter. (season 2)
  • Nat Ramabulana as Happy Jack, the African-American leader of a trafficking ring, who enters into a partnership with Young Jun and Ah Sahm. (season 2)
  • Paolo Wilken as Lao Che, leader of the young Suey Sing Tong, who are subsequently massacred by Zing and Li Yong. (season 2)

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
110April 5, 2019 (2019-04-05)June 7, 2019 (2019-06-07)
210[12]October 2, 2020 (2020-10-02)December 4, 2020 (2020-12-04)[12]

Season 1 (2019)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
11"The Itchy Onion"Assaf BernsteinJonathan TropperApril 5, 2019 (2019-04-05)0.157[13]
Ah Sahm arrives in San Francisco in search of his sister, Xiaojing. While defending another Chinese migrant, Ah Sahm gains the attention of Wang Chao, a black market purveyor who takes him to meet Father Jun, the leader of the Hop Wei tong. Elsewhere, Officer Richard Lee arrests a pair of Irishmen for murdering two Chinese laborers. Lymon Merriweather, a wealthy businessman and the employer of the two victims, pressures Mayor Samuel Blake to protect his workers; in response, Mayor Blake orders the creation of a Chinatown police squad under veteran Officer Bill O'Hara, which Officer Lee joins. Father Jun's son, Young Jun, is nearly abducted from a brothel by the rival Long Zii tong, but Ah Sahm comes to his rescue. Later, Ah Sahm encounters Li Yong, the Long Zii's enforcer and discovers that his sister is now married to the leader of the Long Zii and goes by the name Mai Ling. Accustomed to her new life, she tells her brother that her former self is dead and refuses to return to China with him. Distraught, Ah Sahm revisits the brothel and sleeps with the madam, Ah Toy. While Ah Sahm sleeps, Ah Toy kills the two recently bailed Irishmen who are revealed to be part of the Irish Mob. That same night, Mai Ling secretly meets with Deputy Mayor Walter Buckley and promises him that peace between the tongs will not occur in Chinatown.
22"There's No China in the Bible"Loni PeristereJonathan TropperApril 12, 2019 (2019-04-12)0.114[14]
A Long Zii gang attempts to smuggle opium behind the Hop Wei's back but are killed after bribed police officer snitches to Young Jun, Bolo, and Ah Sahm, who intercept them. Despite the attack, Long Zii wants to make peace and form an alliance with the Hop Wei to unite the Chinese Tongs before the US government pass the Chinese Exclusion Act, unaware that Mai Ling is secretly working with Deputy Mayor Walter Buckley, who wants a war between the Tongs. Meanwhile, the Mayor's wife, Penelope Blake, is attacked by two drunk Irishmen for bringing her Chinese butler Jacob with her but is saved by Ah Sahm. However, Ah Sahm is arrested by Big Bill O'Hara despite protests by Penelope and Lee who defend him. Penelope asks her husband Samuel for help but he refuses out of fear of alienating his anti-Chinese white voters and Ah Sahm being a Hop Wei enforcer. Penelope later visits Ah Sahm in jail and learns he can speak English. Despite Penelope's pleas to Ah Sahm to defend himself in court, Ah Sahm refuses, as the police are not only corrupt and racist, but also trying to pin the blame of the two Irishmen killed by Ah Toy on him as well. Elsewhere, Ah Toy cuts out the tongue of one of her prostitutes for being a Long Zii mole and Li Yong kills the police officer who snitched to the Hop Wei.
33"John Chinaman"Loni PeristereAdam TargumApril 19, 2019 (2019-04-19)0.146[15]
Leary makes a veiled threat to Industrialist Byron Mercer, Penelope's father, to hire only Irish despite his company has yet to win the cable car contract. At court, Ah Sahm is falsely charged for "an unprovoked attack" on Seamus and his son, with the Prosecutors also wanting to charge him with the murder of Leary's men. Leary sends some of his men to beat up Ah Sahm in jail only for the latter to defeat them. Ah Sahm calls out Bill for helping the Irish gang which causes Bill to change his opinion on Ah Sham. The next day, the charges against Ah Sahm are dropped after Seamus doesn't appear at court, due to the actions of Mai Ling, who threatens to kill Seamus' family if he goes to court. This causes an angry mob to formed, which Mayor Samuel Blake is able to subdue them by promising action against the Chinese gangs. Ah Sahm is able to sneak out with help from Bill and Chao, with the latter giving Ah Sahm a message from Mai Ling, who tells him to leave San Francisco. Ah Sahm returns to the Hop Wei where he is given a hero's welcome party only to be later punished by Father Jun due to his actions. Later that night, Ah Sahm visits Penelope at her home where she thanks him for saving her and an angry Leary orders Seamus and his family to leave San Francisco before his gang burns his house.
44"The White Mountain"David PetrarcaKenneth LinApril 26, 2019 (2019-04-26)0.147[16]
Bill is beaten by Pinkertons led by his old friend, Jack Damon, who were hired by the Fung Hai Tong due to his large gambling debt he owes to the gang and is warned to pay back the debt in three weeks. Ah Sahm and Penelope fall for each other and begin an affair. Lee's opinion on Bill becomes worse due to Bill constant lies and accepting a bribe from Ah Toy to not arrest her girls during a surprise police raid at her brothel. Mai Ling has a meeting with the head of the Fung Hai for an alliance, but he refuses to talk to her due to her gender so Mai Ling kills him by poison. His successor Zing agrees to work with her. As Buckley spreads anti-Chinese propaganda to the press, Mai Ling tells Ah Sahm to go back to China as not only he is a thorn in her plans but there's gonna be war between the Tongs.
55"The Blood and the Shit"Kevin TancharoenKenneth LinMay 3, 2019 (2019-05-03)0.138[17]
Ah Sahm and Young Jun transports a dead Chinese body from Grass Valley, Nevada to San Francisco for a proper burial via horse carriage. The stagecoach driver informs the passengers, the horses are weary forcing them to stay the night at a saloon owned by a interracial couple, a former Chinese coolie and his white American wife. During their stay, Young Jun falls in love with Wankeia, the saloon's Native American prostitute, despite the language barrier between the two. The saloon is latter robbed by a gang of cowboys led by Harlan French, but Harlan is forced to flee after Ah Sahm and Young Jun fight and kill his gang. Ah Sahm discovers that the dead body was used by Father Jun to smuggle gold and was Harlan's real target. Knowing that Harlan will want revenge after he brings the rest of his gang, Ah Sahm and Young Jun work together with the saloon owners and the surviving passengers to face them. Later that night, Harlan's gang attack the saloon only to be killed by its defenders. The next morning, Ah Sahm and Young Jun say goodbye to their comrades before returning to San Francisco by horseback.
66"Chewed Up, Spit Out and Stepped On"David PetrarcaEvan Endicott & Josh StoddardMay 10, 2019 (2019-05-10)0.090[18]
An assassination attempt by dynamite on Father Jun during a Chinese New Year parade ends up injuring and killing many people, including a white woman. Her death is used by Senator Robert Crestwood, a Chinese Exclusion Act supporter, who hopes to become the next US President and pass harsher laws on the Chinese. Young Jun learns from Chao that the attack on his father was made by the Fung Hai and their new allies, the Long Zii. In retaliation, Young Jun, Ah Sahm and Bolo attack the Fung Hai's casino and sends a warning to the Long Zii. Later, Long Zii has a meeting with Father Jun to apologize for his subordinates actions, offers compensation and peace between their gangs. However, Father Jun will only accept peace in exchange for Long Zii's life. Meanwhile, Bill asks Leary's help in paying his debts to Damon, who agrees but upon learning Damon is working with the Fung Hai, he challenges Damon to a fist fight and brutally beats him to a bloody pulp as punishment for working with the Chinese and forces Bill to kill Damon to protect his family, which leaves Bill traumatized.
77"The Tiger and the Fox"Lin OedingBrad Caleb KaneMay 17, 2019 (2019-05-17)0.144[19]
When Byron reveals to his daughter his company will go bankrupt if he doesn't win the cable car contract, Penelope reluctantly seduces her husband to convince him. A bounty hunter from Georgia reveals to Bill that Lee is wanted for manslaughter of his two cousins in Georgia and offers to share the reward money if he helps him. Bill confronts Lee about the bounty which Lee reveals he killed his cousins after they murdered his black girlfriend, Nora, which convinces Bill to support Lee and exiles the bounty hunter from San Francisco. When Ah Sahm learns Father Jun has sent Bolo to kill Long Zii and Mai Ling, he rushes to the couple's safe house and fights Bolo which ends with Mai Ling killing Bolo. After Mai Ling tells her brother to leave before the rest of the Long Zii arrives, Mai Ling kills her husband herself but promises him revenge on those who wanted him dead. Ah Toy buys a young girl from the same village as her named Lai from human trafficker Zan and makes her a maid instead of a prostitute. But Zan backstabs her by offering to sell the girl's virginity to another customer despite her ownership, so Ah Toy has Zan tortured and kicked out of her brothel. The next morning, when news of both Bolo and Long Zii's death reach Chinatown, both the Hop Wei and Long Zii gangs go to war to avenge their comrade/leaders deaths.
88"They Don't Pay Us Enough to Think"Lin OedingEvan Endicott & Josh StoddardMay 24, 2019 (2019-05-24)0.105[20]
The Chinatown gang war leaves many people dead and injured, forcing Mayor Blake to support Senator Crestwood's anti-Chinese views, much to Bill's displeasure since it means he will be used as a political pawn. Lao Ting of the Chinatown Business Association calls for a meeting between Father Jun and Mai Ling in order to end the war between their gangs with both sides agreeing to settle their difference over a duel between their best fighters which if Hop Wei wins, the status quo between them will return but if the Long Zii wins, they will be allowed to transport opium in their territory. Ah Sahm becomes depressed after Penelope ends their relationship and being chosen by the Hop Wei as their fighter in the upcoming duel, but a stern talking by Ah Toy and Mai Ling begging him to lose convinces him to sober up and start practicing. Meanwhile, real estate mogul Richard Timmons blackmails Ah Toy and her business partner Leonard Patterson over more money to buy land in Spring Valley which she at first agrees but when Timmons ask Patterson to betray her and join him instead, Ah Toy kills Timmons and dumps his body into the sea. Later Ah Toy learns Lai is an expert swordswoman like her as well.
99"Chinese Boxing"Loni PeristereJonathan TropperMay 31, 2019 (2019-05-31)0.176[21]
The whole of Chinatown witnesses the duel between Li Yong and Ah Sahm over the Tongs Opium trade which ends with Li Yong victorious and Ah Sahm brutally beaten and almost killed but is saved by Bill. As a result, Father Jun honors their deal and allows the Long Zii to trade Opium in their terrority. Mai Ling is elected as the new leader of the Long Zii and kills one of her subordinate who disagrees her leadership. As Ah Sahm recuperates and taken care by Ah Toy and Lai, he remembers his past as a young boy who got into fights after his American grandfather's death until his sister introduces him to Sifu Li Qiang who teaches him Kung Fu. Later, Ah Sahm is visited by Penelope and Young Jun with the latter informing him Ah Sahm is no longer a member of the Hop Wei as failure to win the duel and is not allowed to join another Tong with the threat of death. Meanwhile, Deputy Mayor Buckley lies to Byron to increase the Irish gang's anti-Chinese sentiment but claiming he has hired cheaper Chinese workers for the cable car project and Lee is attacked by the Fung Hai in retaliation of Bill attacking one of their debt collectors.
1010"If You're Going to Bow, Bow Low"Loni PeristereJonathan TropperJune 7, 2019 (2019-06-07)0.117[22]
A broken Ah Sahm, his spirit fractured, recoils and retreats to the working class of Chinese society. Guilt ridden, Bill heads to the hospital and stand vigil for officer Lee, and vows retribution against the Fung Hai. In a show of force, Zing offers Bill a deal; his gang will no longer harm Bill's family and friends, in exchange, Bill would become their debt collector on white customers. Father Jun maps out his territorial concessions to Mai Ling & warns her not to exceed those boundaries. After learning the recent police crackdown of the Tongs, Mai Ling confronts Zing and his gang's attack on officer Lee. Zing reveals he only allied with Mai Ling to get into the Opium trade and forces her to renegotiate their alliance after the Fung Hai surrounds the Long Zii headquarters. Mercer acts on Deputy Mayor Buckley's bluff by reducing his Irish work force with cheaper Chinese workers which incites Leary to take violent action. Young Jun invites Ah Sahm to come back to the Hop Wei, only to be rejected. Chao attempts to console Ah Sahm and get him out of his funk. The death of a coolie rattles Ah Sahm. Leary threatens Buckley, and his gang attacks Mercer's factory and his Chinese workers, motivating Ah Sahm to fight back. Ah Sahm beats most of Leary's men and fights Leary. Ah Sahm thanks and repays Ah Toy for her care with a special gift, two of Leary's men who crippled Chinese workers. Bill begins his shakedowns for the Fung Hai. Penelope takes over her father's company after he suffers a heart attack during Leary's assault on the factory. Bill and a recovered Lee continue their patrol of Chinatown. Ah Sahm rejoins the Hop Wei.

Season 2 (2020)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date [12]U.S. viewers
(millions)
111"Learn to Endure, or Hire a Bodyguard"Jonathan TropperJonathan TropperOctober 2, 2020 (2020-10-02)0.067[23]
Looking to sharpen his martial arts skills, Ah Sahm enters the fighting pits of the Barbary Coast run by Spanish businesswoman Rosalita Vega. There, Ah Sahm encounters the Teddy Boys, an anti-Chinese hate group. Ah Toy warns Ah Sahm not to look for trouble. Despite his objections, Zing convinces Bill to continue his shakedowns with a monetary contribution. Leary meets Sophie Mercer (Penelope's sister). Buckley resumes his manipulations of the mayor. Merriweather maintains pressure on Penelope into selling her father's factory. After seeing Mai Ling enjoy the Long Zi expansion in China town, Young Jun questions his father's direction for the Hop Wei, and looks at a solo venture that will strengthen their Tong. As the Teddy Boys start lynching a Chinese immigrant, Ah Toy, Lai, and Ah Sahm pay an unexpected visit. Chief Flanagan puts pressure on Bill & Lee to find the swordsman. The police raid Chao's shop. Chao and Ah Toy come to a mutual understanding. Leary blows up a factory warehouse.
122"The Chinese Connection"David PetrarcaBrad KaneOctober 9, 2020 (2020-10-09)0.073[24]
Through Rosalita Vega, a hesitant Young Jun & Ah Sahm meet and broker a deal with a local drug smuggler Happy Jack. Senator Crestwood ratches the anti-Chinese sentiment at a rally for his presidency bid by using Mayor Blake as a pawn. Sophie sparks Leary's interest. Officer Lee searches for laudanum (a hallucinogenic painkiller) to offset his lingering head trauma. Penny seeks Ah Sahm's protection for her factory workers, only for him to decline. The deal with Happy Jack goes sour. Bill and Lee look into the financial records of Ah Toy's business partner Patterson in hopes of finding the swordsman. Chao visits his daughter. After a meeting with Buckley, Mai Ling hires Nichols (an ex-Pinkerton man) to spy on Buckley. Ah Toy receives a visit from a past foe. Mai Ling dispatches Li Yong & Zing to stop a rival Tong, the Suey Sing, from high-jacking sales of opium in their new territory. Ah Sahm agrees to help Penny.
133"Not How We Do Business"David PetrarcaBrad KaneOctober 16, 2020 (2020-10-16)0.048[25]
Rosilita offers Ah Sahm stiffer competition. Chao gives Ah Sahm a stern warning. The Mayor threatens to cancel the city's contract with Penny if she refuses to get rid of her new security. Patterson tells Ah Toy he's begin to have his reservations about their partnership. Mai Ling tells Zing not to impede on Long Zi business and cautions him on the consequences. An awkward encounter has Bill rethinking his role for the Fung Hai, and tells Zing, he's done and paid his debt. Ms Davenport hosts a dinner for the social and political elite. Zing asserts pressure on Chao. Father Jun brings in new recruits from China to the dismay of Young Jun. Sophie and Leary strike up a romance. Officer Lee's investigation gets a little too obsessive. The new recruit has Young Jun & Ah Sahm intrigued. Chao asks Mai Ling to intervene with his dispute with Zing. The Fung Hai pays Bill's family a visit.
144"If You Don't See Blood, You Didn't Come to Play"Loni PeristereEvan Endicott & Josh StoddardOctober 23, 2020 (2020-10-23)0.078[26]
Lucy and the kids leave Bill. Bill confesses to Lee about his involvement with the Fung Hai. Sophie and Leary escalates their romance. As the police force ready to raid the Fung Hai, Chao makes a mutually beneficial agreement with Bill. Young Jun stands up for Hong. Bill informs the Mayor & Chief Flanagan, he gave the order to stand down because the Fung Hai will be expecting their assault. Buckley urges the Mayor to continue his anti-Chinese stand. Mai Ling and Ah Toy meet. The Mayor spins the assault on Bill, with the news media. Ah Sahm and Leary, wage a war of words in front of the Mercer factory. Nellie Davenports visits Ah Toy brothel, to emancipate one of her workers who chooses to leave. Nellie invites Ah Toy to come to Sonoma. The Mayor and Penny argue about the current politics surrounding the Chinese and their involvement. The Mercer sisters' quarrel come to boiling point. Mai Ling checks in with her informant Nichols. Sophie hatches a plan to blow up her father's factory with Leary. Ah Toy offers a safe haven for Officer Lee. Chao asks Ah Toy for a favour. The fire bombing of the Mercer factory has unanticipated consequences.
155"Not for a Drink, a F*ck, or a G**damn Prayer"[27]Loni PeristereEvan Endicott & Josh StoddardOctober 30, 2020 (2020-10-30)TBD
166"To a Man with a Hammer, Everything Looks Like a Nail"[28]Dustin NguyenJonathan Tropper & Brad KaneNovember 6, 2020 (2020-11-06)TBD
177"If You Wait By The River Long Enough"[29]TBAKenneth LinNovember 13, 2020 (2020-11-13)TBD
188"All Enemies, Foreign and Domestic"[29]TBAKenneth Lin & Evan Endicott & Josh StoddardNovember 20, 2020 (2020-11-20)TBD
199"Enter the Dragon"[29]TBAJonathan Tropper & Evan Endicott & Josh StoddardNovember 27, 2020 (2020-11-27)TBD
2010"Man on the Wall"[29]TBAJonathan TropperDecember 4, 2020 (2020-12-04)TBD

International broadcasts[edit]

  • In the UK, season 1 aired on Sky One in 2019, June 25.[30]
  • Fox8 in Australia started broadcasting season 1 in 2019, June 12.[31]
  • Season 2 began broadcasting on Sky One in 2020, October 14.[32]

Production[edit]

In 1971, Bruce Lee had developed a concept for a television series tentatively called Ah Sahm,[33] about a martial artist in the American Old West, but he was having trouble pitching it to Warner Bros. and Paramount.[34] According to Bruce Lee's widow, Linda Lee Cadwell, however, Lee's concept was retooled and renamed Kung Fu, with David Carradine cast in the lead role, but Warner Bros. gave Lee no credit.[35] Warner Bros. stated that they had for some time been developing an identical concept,[36] created by two writers and producers, Ed Spielman and Howard Friedlander. According to these sources, the reason Lee was not cast was in part because of his ethnicity, but more so because he had a thick accent.[37] In 2015, Perfect Storm Entertainment and Bruce Lee's daughter, Shannon Lee, announced that the series would be produced and would air on Cinemax, and that filmmaker Justin Lin was chosen to direct the series.[5] Production began on October 22, 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa, at Cape Town Film Studios. The first season featured 10 episodes.[8]

On April 24, 2019, Cinemax renewed the series for a second season which premiered on October 2, 2020.[6][7]

Reception[edit]

The first season received positive reviews from critics. On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 79% based on 24 reviews, with an average rating of 7.55/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Though it often buckles under the weight of its lofty ambitions and ideological pedigree, Warrior's devil may care attitude provides thrilling energy and action that will please those looking for a period drama with a little kick."[38] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 68 out of 100, based on 8 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[39] Rolling Stone magazine named Cinemax's Warrior one of the best new television shows of 2019.[40]

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