War is Here: The Blood Jam Begins!!!

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War is Now!!! Screen Capture: A scene in the Lin Oeding directed Warrior episode The Tiger and the Fox



Did you see the latest instalment of the Jonathan Tropper created Warrior? In the Lin Oeding directed episode The Tiger and the Fox, the metaphorical sh*t is about to hit the fan in a huge way.

If you think Warrior is just another ordinary martial arts series, think again. It takes great force of will by all crew and actors to bring to life Bruce Lee’s writing. Warrior is nothing short of a masterpiece.

Brief Episode Synopsis: The Tiger and the Fox

Screen Capture: Dianne Doan and Henry Yuk as Mai Ling and Long Zii, respectively, in the Lin Oeding directed Warrior episode ‘The Tiger and the Fox’

Father Jun (Perry Yung) deploys Bolo (Rich Ting) to hunt down Long Zii (Henry Yuk) and Mai Ling (Dianne Doan).  Meanwhile, Penelope Blake (Joanna Vanderham) is faced with an unpleasant choice. Elsewhere, Richard Lee’s (Tom Weston-Jones) past catches up with him.

"Warrior" promotional poster. Image Credit: IMDb
Warrior promotional poster. Image Credit: IMDb

SPOILER WARNING: If you have yet yo watch the episode, stop reading NOW!

Does Ah Toy (Olivia Cheng) have a sister?

Screen Capture: Olivia Cheng as Ah Toy in the Lin Oeding directed Warrior episode ‘The Tiger and the Fox’

When Ah Toy sees a young Chinese girl, the boarding house owner buys the girl and takes her to her establishment. There was an obvious connection between the owner and the girl. Their facial expressions make this clear. Whether they are sisters or not has not yet been fully expressed; however, it is a strong possibility. Ah Toy’s facial expression when she saw the new girl indicates more than a passing familiarity.

Family is Family

Screen Capture: Andrew Koji and Olivia Cheng as Ah Sahm and Ah Toy, respectively, in the Lin Oeding directed Warrior episode ‘The Tiger and the Fox’

When Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji) discovers Father Jun intends for Bolo to kill both his sister, Mai Ling, and her husband, Long Zii, the title charater cannot bring himself to ignore his family obligations. Ah Sahm seeks out Ah Toy for assistance finding Long Zii’s out-of-Chinatown residence. Even though Ah Toy is initially reluctant to help Ah Sahm, she finds a girl with her establishment that knows the location of Long Zii’s house.

Screen Capture: Andrew Koji and Rich Ting as Ah Sahm and Bolo, respectively, in the Lin Oeding directed Warrior episode ‘The Tiger and the Fox’

The fight choreography is masterfull. Ah Sahm and Bolo come to blows. When it comes to martial arts style fighting, this was seriously brutal.

Screen Capture: Rich Ting and Andrew Koji as Bolo and Ah Sahm, respectively, in the Lin Oeding directed Warrior episode ‘The Tiger and the Fox’

What is Richard Lee’s backstory?

Is this ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’ actor Andrew Robinson? Screen Capture: A scene in the Lin Oeding directed Warrior episode ‘The Tiger and the Fox’

Did you recognise the Georgian bounty hunter? Even though Andrew Robinson’s name does not appear on the IMDb credits list for The Tiger and the Fox, the probability of the character not being played by the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine alumnus is remote. Robinson’s name does not appear in the episode’s closing credits but I am confident it is him.

A wanted poster for Richard Lee (Tom Weston-Jones). Screen Capture: A scene in the Lin Oeding directed Warrior episode ‘The Tiger and the Fox’

Because they killed his girl, Nora, Lee exacted retribution on two of his cousins by killing them. In flashback, Lance Elliott and Jason O’Neill play Lee’s cousins. The bounty hunter is in San Francisco to take Lee back to Georgia to face his punishment. Sergeant ‘Big Bill’ O’Hara (Kieran Bew) saves Lee by getting the Chinatown squad to give the bounty hunter a seriously heavy beat down before sending him packing.

An Unsavoury Choice

Screen Capture: Joanna Vanderham as Penelope Blake in the Lin Oeding directed Warrior episode ‘The Tiger and the Fox’

Even though Penelope Blake’s (Joanna Vanderham) marriage to Mayor Samuel Blake (Christian McKay) is one of convenience in respect to Byron Mercer’s (Graham Hopkins) business plans, the industrialist lowers himself to asking his daughter to consider sexual relations with the Mayor.

Screen Capture: Graham Hopkins as Bryon Mercer in the Lin Oeding directed Warrior episode ‘The Tiger and the Fox’

Penelope only married the San Francisco mayor because of how beneficial it would be to her father. There is no love between the Blakes. Whilst Penelope has no real desire to be with her husband biblically, she does what is needed because of her father’s insistence.

Screen Capture: Joanna Vanderham and Christian McKay as Penelope Blake and Mayor Samuel Blake, respectively, in the Lin Oeding directed Warrior episode ‘The Tiger and the Fox’

Blake goes at his wife like a bull in a china shop.

Screen Capture: Christian McKay and Joanna Vanderham as Mayor Samuel Blake and Penelope Blake, respectively, in the Lin Oeding directed Warrior episode ‘The Tiger and the Fox’

War is Now

War is Now!!! Screen Capture: A scene in the Lin Oeding directed Warrior episode The Tiger and the Fox

Hostilities between the Tong factions are escalating significantly. The closing scenes of the episode sees war finally arrive in San Francisco. Come next week’s episode, San Francisco’s duck population will surely be part of the Tong War.

‘Kung Fu’ promotional poster. Image Credit: IMDb

Final Thoughts

Unike the 1970s television series ‘Kung Fu,’ this production proves Lee’s writing can see an adaption without whitewashing.

With direction by Lin Oeding, this seventh episode is evidence whitewashing is unnecessary to tell the Lee written story because that is unauthentic.

To adapt Lee’s writing takes bold strokes. Tropper has the courage of his convictions to bring a culturally accurate interpretation of Warrior to our television screens.

They Don’t Pay Us Enough to Think, directed by Lin Oeding, is scheduled to hit television screens Friday, 24 May 2019. The remaining two episodes, Chinese Boxing and If You’re Going to Bow, Bow Low, are both directed by Loni Peristere.

Where will the concluding three season one episodes of Warrior take the narrative? With Tropper as the Warrior showrunner, anything is possible.