Kung Fu: The Complete First Season – Blu-ray Edition

Having a mid-life crisis at the age of 25 sends college student Nicky Shen (played by Olivia Liang) off on a search. This search leads to her dropping out of school and leaving the U.S. on a trip to China. While there she stays at a monastery that is isolated from the world around it.

Upon her return to her hometown of San Francisco she discovers that things have changed during her absence. The biggest is that San Francisco is now overrun with crime and corruption. The crime wave is headed by Triad and they have her parents in their crosshairs. Not willing to take this sitting down, Nicky decides to kill two birds with one well-placed kick by embarking on a quest to find out who killed her Shaolin mentor while at the same time righting the wrongs using all her new martial arts skills learned in China.

Family, romance and plenty of twentysomethings provide the backbone to this CW series. I think the only similarity it has with the original series starring Keith Carradine from the 70s is the title. Whereas that was aimed at an adult audience this one is definitely aimed at a much younger crowd. That being said, it is definitely a kinder, gentler Kung Fu with more of the emphasis on twentysomething issues like love and relationships. More for fans of a show like Riverdale than a straight up martial arts show.

What brings the level down are not the changes they have made in comparison to the original series (modernizing something does not mean making it worse) they are issues like weak acting and pace is a little slow for a show which is supposed to feature some action/fighting.

Special Features:

-Digital Copy

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Bond of Honor