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‘Warrior’ Season 3 (2023): A Review

Warrior Season Three Review

A Criminally Underrated Crime Drama

Warrior, season three, is arguably one of the most underrated period crime dramas out there right now. Based on the writing of the great Bruce Lee himself. This adaptation, however, was created by Jonathan Tropper. The show is set in the late 1870s in San Francisco. It consists of ten episodes in total, just like the previous two seasons, and can be found streaming on MAX.  

Aftermath of the Chinatown Showdown

​​In the third season of Warrior, Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji) has found himself as the local hero of Chinatown after the events of the season two finale. The Chinese and the Irish seem to be trying to move past it. One thing about the third season is now that the characters are established, the story can flow more naturally, and it shows in the writing. This also means that a viewer who might be new to Warrior could get lost in the scuffle as the season does not hold the viewer’s hand in the storytelling. Throughout the season, the pacing of the story is at a medium speed, not too fast or slow. A ten-episode season gives the writers the chance to take their time but also make every scene count. Season three sees loyalty being tested between Young Jun and his right-hand man, Ah Sahm. The entire tone of the show has changed since these two characters are jumping back and forth between being friends and perhaps rivals of some sort. There also seems to be a theme that ran throughout season three, that being the power and crutch that family puts on a person.  

The power balance in the city teeters to many different sides throughout season three. The Long Zii and Mai Ling with their plans to expand, the Hop Wei in their new business plans, and the police force will also be getting a new chief in the third season. Since all of this is happening, it gives the season a bigger feeling of mischief and adventure. What one character does for themselves causes major consequences for other characters. 

Every Character has Their Own Purpose 

Something that Warrior has always done incredibly well is showcasing the Chinese-American experience within the confines of its stories. Casting for this show has always been superb. The actors in each amazing role play their parts and are constantly growing throughout season three. It shows that nobody really has it all together, especially back in those times when race hate was such a popular thing. Ah Sahm is no longer the same person that is shown in the first season. Now he knows what he wants, and that’s the power to protect those he cares for and crush anyone who tries to get in his way. With that being said, Mai Ling is the one to look out for in season three.

Warrior Season Three Review

Dianne Doan’s performance hits home as she tries to assimilate herself with upper-class white people despite their clear racism towards her. Anyone watching her performance could possibly see themselves a little, trying to break the mold that society has put upon them.

 Chen Tang, who plays Hong, also does an amazing job of displaying how conflicted he is in season three. Hong is the only one trying to keep the peace between Young Jun and Ah Sahm while also finding romance with someone new. The overall message that is represented throughout season three of Warrior is ‘What defines an American citizen?’ The tone has always been gritty, and in your face; the characters have never been afraid to say what’s on their mind.

Mind-Blowing Martial Arts  

Warrior has always delivered top-notch performances when it comes to fight scenes. Season 3 continues that trend with mind-blowing martial arts from numerous characters. It’s always a treat seeing Joe Taslim in any role, but when adding his prowess in martial arts, viewers can expect nothing less than seamless fight scenes that make you wonder how he makes it look so easy. Fight scenes are spread out throughout season three of Warrior, and not every episode has one. This just makes it even better when it finally does happen. The third season even brings in new characters like Kong Pak, who the legendary Mark Dacascos plays. Kong Pak is the leader of a rival Tong that Mai Ling takes over and an old friend of Li Yong.

 The streets, alleyways, hideouts, and the city of San Francisco all have a drastically different look to them in Warrior. This is done well so that the audience can differentiate when a scene is taking place within Chinatown and when it is not. It is extremely needed with so many different groups of people and factions in season three. When a scene is in Chinatown, the streets are packed, the air is usually filled with smoke of some kind, and the ground is simply dirt. However, when a scene is in the heart of San Francisco, the streets are still packed, but it’s with well-dressed white men and women. The streets are paved, and there are hardly any Chinese people in sight.

Where to Watch? 

Overall, the third season of Warrior is another great installment of the series. It explores the lives of people who are simply trying to make it in this country called America. The series, combined with numerous hard-hitting action scenes, is a series to keep an eye out for. Stream all ten episodes of season three of Warrior on MAX. As well as with the previous two seasons, Bruce Lee laid the groundwork for this series; how can it not be good?

Stream Warrior on MAX now! 

Warrior Season Three Review

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