Warrior Season 1 premiere has garnered 0.157 million viewers with a 0.03 key demo among adults (P18-49), the figure which doesn't look impressive, even compared to that of Quarry, another television hit by CINEMAX. Nonetheless, Warrior has received the universal acclaim among the viewers, according to Rotten Tomatoes, 3.4/5 with a 100% approval rating. On Metacritic, Warrior holds a score of 68/100 and 8.2/10 among critics/viewers, respectively.
What makes Warrior special is that it's partly based on the true story since the roots of the storyline are traced through the Bruce Lee original writings. Also, it's worth noting the atmosphere of the 19th century, where the viewer is plunged thanks to the brilliant work of a projectionist. Besides, the events that take place on the screen are tense and actual, and thereby reflects the atmosphere of the epoch.
Summing up, despite low television ratings that are in fact appropriate for such a cable network as CINEMAX is, the future of Warrior looks promising. We tend to believe that, given the statistics shown above, CINEMAX won't think long and would decide to pick up Warrior for a sophomore round. Yet we could be mistaken. Therefore, we are looking forward to the official announcement from CINEMAX. As soon as the cable broadcaster announces any details about the renewal, we will update this page. Stay tuned for updates.
The story is set in the backdrop of the brutal Tong Wars of San Francisco's Chinatown that took place in the 2nd half of the 19th century. The primary storyline revolves around Ah Sahm, a martial arts guru, who moved from China to San Francisco, having a mysterious past. After proving himself as a fighter, Ah shortly turns into a hatchet man for the Hope Wei, the most dangerous and powerful tong (the term means a leader of the Chinese MOB).
Here, in Chinatown, Ah befriends with Wang Chao, who presents him to Young Jun, a son of Hop Wei's leader, Father Jun, who leads an opium war with a rival tong. Ah later wins the confidence of a tricky brothel madam, Ah Toy, to whom he reveals a true purpose of his trip to America.
In Warrior Season 1, Ah Sahm is moving forward through the boundaries inside and outside Chinatown that eventually brings him to Mai Ling, an attractive yet ruthless woman, who raised to power in one of the tongs, as well as Li Yong, a Gung Fu master.