Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Netflix Picks: Warrior Nun

You are dead. Then you are alive again, waking to some sort of monster murdering the only other person in the room with you. You make a run for it and are surprised that you can because you were previously paralyzed. Not only that, you begin seeing things that you normally would not see and can do things that are impossible to do. What happens next? That is what the Netflix series Warrior Nun is about.

I decided to try watching this show because they said that it reminded them of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I did not see that similarity, but I thought it was worth giving it a shot. A little tip though: if you intend to watch because of the trailer, I am telling you now that the pacing of the show is not the same. It is much slower, to my disappointment.

The previously dead and now newly living Ava is the lead in this series. A young girl who used to live in an orphanage and was bed-ridden before her death, she decides to explore the world with her new life, not knowing that her newfound power had responsibilities that came with it. 

The story involves the legend of the warrior nuns, led by one who wears the halo of an angel that gives her powers to help slay demons. The nuns are part of the Order of the Cruciform Sword, which still exists in the present. It is these nuns who are on the search for her to decide if she is worthy of the halo and be part of their order or if the halo should be taken away (and along with it, her life).

There are a couple of subplots here and there about a scientist who wants to cure her son and open a portal to another dimension (which the nuns believe to be hell), the romance of Ava and JC, a con artist she meets while she’s roaming around the city, and the power struggle within the order for control of the one who has the halo.

The series only has 10 episodes in its first season, and I am glad it was only that short because I felt that they were dragging it too long even if they didn’t have that much to work with. The subplots for me felt unnecessary. They could have done away with the love interest (do powerful women always need to have a guy, really?) and the whole story with their gang of con artists who “borrow” the homes of unsuspecting owners who are out of town. Even the plot with the scientist felt pointless to me, especially after the part where she is going after Ava and later it did not seem like such a big deal when they finally met.

I think that the show would have been better off focusing on the Order of the Cruciform Sword and the nuns who are in the core group of characters in the series. There were bits and pieces of how they came to be a part of the order but it would have been nice to see their backstories and understand why their characters were the way that they were throughout the series.

The ending, which was a cliffhanger, was a little disappointing. Even the twist at the end didn’t feel like it was executed in a way that would shock the viewers because I felt that the backstories were not established enough to make the viewers that affected by it. I am aware that this is from a comic book series and adapted for the screen, but they should have at least tweaked the story to make it more interesting…and as I said earlier, they could (or should) have made the pacing of this a little faster.

According to some of the websites I have gone through, Warrior Nun will have a second season, although it is probably not going to happen until well after this pandemic is over. I hope that gives the writers enough time to make the second installment a better/more improved version of the first. Hopefully, it becomes more exciting in the second season.

Keeping my fingers crossed.


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