8.2
1,117 votes
Warrior

Warrior

HBO Max 2019

A gritty, action-packed crime drama set during the brutal Tong Wars of San Francisco’s Chinatown in the second half of the 19th century. The series follows Ah Sahm, a martial arts prodigy who immigrates from China to San Francisco under mysterious circumstances, and becomes a hatchet man for one of Chinatown’s most powerful tongs.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Warrior

Warrior - S2E9

#1 - Enter the Dragon

8.41

Season 2 - Episode 9

After Bill and his men are confronted by an angry mob, Chinatown erupts into chaos, forcing the tongs to work together to protect their streets. As Chao and Mai Ling seek shelter, Mai Ling tends to an ailing Ah Toy. Sophie opens her eyes to Leary's world. Lee decides which side he's on.

The episode was rated from 587 votes.

Warrior - S2E10

#2 - Man on the Wall

8.23

Season 2 - Episode 10

Young Jun faces a crucial decision after Mai Ling tries to drive a wedge between him and Ah Sahm, who has emerged as a hero in Chinatown and takes the opportunity to go on the offensive against Leary. Determined to take Buckley down, Penny goes to the press. Bill reckons with what he's become, and Lee seeks out a familiar face. Mai Ling finally plays her hand against the Hop Wei.

The episode was rated from 570 votes.

Warrior - S1E10

#3 - If You're Going to Bow, Bow Low

8.03

Season 1 - Episode 10

Ah Sahm rejects his warrior roots and retreats into the netherworld of the Chinese working class. A guilty Big Bill stands vigil for Lee at the hospital. With the police roughing up tong members in retaliation for their violence, Zing and the Fung Hai make a show of force to compel Mai Ling to honor her partnership. Burned by Buckley, Leary decides to take matters into his own hands at Mercer's factory. Seeking to snap Ah Sahm out of his funk, Chao shares a harrowing story of personal hardship. Ah Toy preaches a not-so-ancient message to Ah Sahm: In the middle of chaos lies opportunity. Season One Finale.

The episode was rated from 886 votes.

Warrior - S2E6

#4 - To a Man with a Hammer, Everything Looks Like a Nail

8.02

Season 2 - Episode 6

Ah Sahm, Young Jun, and Hong travel with Vega to Rooker’s Mill, a U.S.-Mexico border town owned by Elijah Rooker, the wealthy host of a lucrative fight tournament that Ah Sahm is determined to win. As he learns more about Vega, Ah Sahm draws the attention of another fighter, Dolph, and later, Rooker himself.

The episode was rated from 574 votes.

Warrior - S1E5

#5 - The Blood and the Shit

8.00

Season 1 - Episode 5

Transporting precious cargo via stagecoach through the Sierra Nevada, Ah Sahm and Young Jun are forced to spend the night with three strangers at a frontier saloon in the middle of nowhere. The detour turns perilous when Harlan French, a notorious outlaw, shows up with his henchmen, looking for a lucrative payday.

The episode was rated from 1008 votes.

Warrior - S2E7

#6 - If You Wait by the River Long Enough

7.97

Season 2 - Episode 7

Change is afoot for the Hop Wei after Father Jun, Ah Sahm, and Young Jun face off. Ah Toy decides that Nellie may be the answer to her problems and takes matters at a sadistic rival brothel into her own hands. Leary is urged by both Buckley and Sophie to utilize his political influence. Just as his heroics are trumpeted, Bill is faced with another swordsman murder. A fatal clash unfolds at the Blake household.

The episode was rated from 547 votes.

Warrior - S2E5

#7 - Not for a Drink, a Fuck, or a Goddamn Prayer

7.92

Season 2 - Episode 5

A guilty Mai Ling tries to make things right with Ah Sahm, who’s more intent than ever on seeking revenge. Penny finds her business in trouble and learns that Ah Sahm has been using her. Leary gets a warning and offers one of his own. Ah Toy pays an emotional visit to Nellie’s Sonoma winery. Bill and Chao put their plot against the Fung Hai into action.

The episode was rated from 593 votes.

Warrior - S1E9

#8 - Chinese Boxing

7.92

Season 1 - Episode 9

Chinatown gathers to witness a “prize fight” between elite warriors from the Hop Wei and Long Zii. Buckley plays a bluff in hopes of getting Mercer to lower his fee. Ah Sahm remembers his roots as a fighter, as Ah Toy warns him of the dangers that await. Bill and Lee question Wang Chao about the recent series of sword killings in San Francisco.

The episode was rated from 922 votes.

Warrior - S2E8

#9 - All Enemies, Foreign and Domestic

7.91

Season 2 - Episode 8

The police shut down Chinatown in their hunt for a killer, just as the Hop Wei make a move that puts Mai Ling on edge. Buckley steps into a new role and considers a proposition from Leary, who faces questions from the Irish workingmen. Ah Toy fights for her life, while Chao faces a major dilemma.

The episode was rated from 545 votes.

Warrior - S2E3

#10 - Not How We Do Business

7.90

Season 2 - Episode 3

With their new enterprise going well, Young Jun shares his worries with Ah Sahm about the new men Father Jun has brought over from China, and later, the partners are impressed by Hong, an enthusiastic recruit with a secret. Meanwhile, Chao goes to Mai Ling for help keeping Zing away from his business, Sophie grows closer to Leary, Nellie’s politics raise questions from her peers, and things take a deadly turn at Bill’s home.

The episode was rated from 623 votes.

Warrior - S1E7
#11 - The Tiger and the Fox
7.83
Season 1 - Episode 7

Ah Sahm faces a dilemma when Father Jun sends Bolo to hunt down Long Zii and Mai Ling . Ah Toy recruits a special girl from a whore monger, and takes on a business partner for a land deal. Penny is faced with an unsavory choice in order to save her home. Lee’s past catches up with him.

The episode was rated from 920 votes.
Warrior - S1E8
#12 - They Don't Pay Us Enough to Think
7.76
Season 1 - Episode 8

After a bloodbath on the streets of Chinatown, the Hop Wei and Long Zii consider a novel way to end hostilities. Ah Toy and her real-estate business partner, Leonard Patterson, hit a fork in the road in their effort to buy a valuable piece of land. After promising jobs to Leary’s Irish workers, Mercer toasts Crestwood at a fundraiser, while Penny struggles to hold her tongue. Mai Ling warns her brother against waging a battle he may not win.

The episode was rated from 932 votes.
Warrior - S2E1
#13 - Learn to Endure, or Hire a Bodyguard
7.74
Season 2 - Episode 1

Back with the Hop Wei, Ah Sahm spends his nights at the Barbary Coast fight pit, confronting a new anti-Chinese group, Teddy’s Boys. While Ah Toy accuses him of just looking for another fight, an empowered Mai Ling worries about her brother’s next steps. Meanwhile, Bill finds it hard to break out of his role as enforcer for Zing; Penny is determined to continue running Mercer Steel, much to Blake’s dismay; and Chao offers Ah Sahm some advice for his future with Young Jun.

The episode was rated from 653 votes.
Warrior - S2E4
#14 - If You Don't See Blood, You Didn't Come to Play
7.73
Season 2 - Episode 4

As the police prepare for retribution, Chao comes to Bill with a mutually beneficial proposal. A sympathetic Sophie offers Leary a new plan. Ah Sahm and Penny have a moment when he confides his plans for the future. Buckley urges Blake to take a stand against the Chinese, Lee seeks to ease his pain, Mai Ling invests in a legitimate business, and Nellie urges Ah Toy to imagine a different kind of life for her sex workers.

The episode was rated from 585 votes.
Warrior - S1E6
#15 - Chewed Up, Spit Out, and Stepped On
7.73
Season 1 - Episode 6

Tensions escalate between the Hop Wei and Long Zii after an assassination attempt during a boisterous Chinatown parade. Big Bill sets out to pay his debt to Jack Damon, leaving Lee to keep watch over Lucy and the kids. Mayor Blake and Deputy Mayor Buckley get a mandate from Robert Crestwood, a senator with eyes on the White House.

The episode was rated from 940 votes.
Warrior - S1E3
#16 - John Chinaman
7.73
Season 1 - Episode 3

Leary pressures gentleman industrialist Byron Mercer, who is Penny’s father, to hire his men for a cable-car track job — despite the fact that Mayor Blake hasn’t yet awarded Mercer the contract. Accused of assault and perhaps worse, Ah Sahm gets a cold shoulder from the Hop Wei, with his fate in the hands of an unexpected ally. Buckley urges Mai Ling to eschew restraint and start a war with the Hop Wei.

The episode was rated from 1059 votes.
Warrior - S1E2
#17 - There's No China in the Bible
7.68
Season 1 - Episode 2

Intercepting a shipment of opium at the docks, Young Jun, with Ah Sahm and his Hop Wei lieutenant Bolo in tow, decides to send a message to Long Zii. Big Bill and Lee investigate a grisly murder scene in an alley next to an Irish bar, The Banshee. Penny Blake, the young wife of San Francisco’s mayor, finds herself in a bind while visiting the wharf with her Chinese manservant, Jacob. Ah Sahm pays a steep price for playing the hero. The Long Zii clean up a mess, and brace for more bloodshed.

The episode was rated from 1129 votes.
Warrior - S2E2
#18 - The Chinese Connection
7.68
Season 2 - Episode 2

Ah Sahm and Young Jun search for a discreet place to hide their product after striking a deal with a new opium supplier. As Lee becomes increasingly dependent on laudanum, he and Bill continue to investigate the swordsman murders. Mai Ling sends Li Yong and Zing to deliver a message to a rival tong. Penny asks for Ah Sahm’s help in protecting her factory. Sophie continues to pique Leary’s interest. Ah Toy receives a visit from Nellie Davenport, a wealthy widow committed to ending the exploitation of Chinese women.

The episode was rated from 616 votes.
Warrior - S1E1
#19 - The Itchy Onion
7.66
Season 1 - Episode 1

San Francisco, 1878. Ah Sahm, a newly arrived Chinese immigrant with serious fighting skills, is introduced to Chinatown’s most ruthless tong, the Hop Wei, by Chao, a fixer. After impressing Young Jun, son of tong leader Father Jun, Ah Sahm is branded and taken to a brothel, where he befriends Ah Toy, a courtesan with connections.

The episode was rated from 1395 votes.
Warrior - S1E4
#20 - The White Mountain
7.62
Season 1 - Episode 4

Big Bill finds himself compromised by his gambling excesses, but discovers a possible solution after an opium-den raid. Penny reveals the circumstances that prompted her to marry Mayor Blake, who’s determined to show voters he won’t tolerate San Francisco’s “Yellow Peril.” After meeting with leaders of the Fung Hai tong, Mai Ling offers Ah Sahm a way out of a protracted — and bloody — tong war.

The episode was rated from 1010 votes.

Last updated: may 24, 2022

Comments

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My take on the first episode : I really like it. The ambiance is sold very well, it reminds me of Hell of Wheels. The fights are well choreographed so far. The dynamics are setting well too between the different groups with charismatic characters. Maybe too much clichés but it's often the case in shows like this. Edit : After 7 episodes, the series became very weak. There is nothing to tell really.At first, it's the story of a immigrant who came in search of a certain person. After founding it, he wanders aimlessly. The production even is cheap at some points.

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This shows fight scenes are fantastic, it's just a shame that everything else is either stupid or boring.

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I love this so far. I give this 10/10 having only seen one episode. I may have to score this down if it doesn't keep up the current pace. That said, if you like martial arts and like the idea of peaky blinders meets china town... this is it. A total random discovery but this is really good fun, very different, and just a great way to lose 45 mins of your life. I hope it doesn't fizzle out and end up some cheesy rubbish. So far my verdict is I cannot wait to watch more. Check it out!

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10/10 rating on this show.. love it. great story... man.. do I love the fighting scenes

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Excellent series. Great fight scenes and interesting interlocking stories. Well worth a watch.

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Excellent series. Great fight scenes and interesting interlocking stories. Well worth a watch.

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Being a massive fan on the TV show Banshee and both these shows coming from Cinemax I gave this show a shot and I'm glad I did. The actors and fight scenes in the show are excellent and for any fan of martial arts they are a must, also actor wise we all get Hoon Lee who played Job from Bansee which is a treat. But the strength of this show is not just the excellent martial arts often provided by Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji), it has a complex social story focused around not only waring gangs but also the police with some excellent side characters and the frustrated American Irish. The key actors for each of these groups such as Jagger, Bew and Weston-Jones provide some great acting chops. On the female side Joanna Vanderham also adds a great turn as a gorgeous strong love interest for Ah Sahm and Dianne Doan provides the heart of Ah Sahm's sister. All in all a great TV show that gets better and better, season 2 so far has brought some great characters that really compliment and some fun and challenging stories. Love it!

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Season 2 - Has taken this show to greater heights. I am absolutely-fing-liking the direction this has taken. 3 episodes in and I feel like the impressive s01e01 episode is now performing as a constant rather than ebbing and flowing at times during the first season. The first season had its up and downs but overall I still would rate it a 10 just for fun factor and martial arts like no other tv show. Season 2 though has taken all of this up a notch. I reiterate that there's nothing like this out there that I can think of in recent times. Budgets have shot up on the latest series... the fighting is ace. The setting continues to be really exciting and unusual. Characters are getting better developed. I mean I don't normally bother to comment to much on tv series unless they emote something from me. I had no idea until recently this whole tv show was based on an old Bruce Lee concept. But anyway, If you like martial arts movies, westerns, fighting, mafia, triads... you would be doing yourself a disservice by not at least giving this a go. Your mileage may vary but if you make it to season 2... it gets better. A lot better. I'm loving it. This is now on a par with Vikings (one of my all time favourites) for the scratch it itches. I just hope it keeps on staying solid throughout the season. It has brought me a lot of joy so far!

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This show is literally Peaky Blinders: Asian Edition. Love it!

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Warrior may be the best TV I’ve watched so far this year.

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