10 Worst Episodes of Warrior

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.

Written by Sophie and last updated on aug 20, 2023.

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#10 - John Chinaman (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 7.72 from 1184 votes.

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#9 - Learn to Endure, or Hire a Bodyguard (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 7.72 from 793 votes.

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#8 - Anything Short of a Blow to the Head (Season 3 - Episode 2)

As Ah Sahm and Young Jun struggle to produce authentic bills, they get valuable printing advice from an unexpected source.

The episode was rated 7.68 from 326 votes.

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#7 - In Chinatown, No One Thinks About Forever (Season 3 - Episode 4)


Shaken by the loss of Nellie's land, Ah Toy grapples with a difficult choice. Ah Sahm and Yan Mi think on their toes during a police raid.

The episode was rated 7.68 from 298 votes.

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#6 - Gotta Be Crooked to Get Along in a Crooked World (Season 3 - Episode 7)

In the wake of Father Jun's injury, Young Jun steps up for the Hop Wei. Leary struggles to smooth over rising working-class tensions.

The episode was rated 7.68 from 297 votes.

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#5 - No Time for F*cking Chemistry (Season 3 - Episode 3)


While taking menacing steps to secure Nellie's land, Strickland instills confidence in Leary's political abilities.

The episode was rated 7.67 from 324 votes.

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#4 - There's No China in the Bible (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 7.67 from 1284 votes.

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#3 - The Itchy Onion (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 7.66 from 1583 votes.

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#2 - The Chinese Connection (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 7.66 from 737 votes.

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#1 - The White Mountain (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 7.63 from 1126 votes.

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