Series Review: Warrior Nun (2020)

I have head a lot of people saying that this show would be perfect for fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, so of course I had to give it a shot.

Certificate: 15

Writer: Simon Barry

Genre: Action, Fantasy

Runtime: 45 mins

Episodes: 10

Rating: 3 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

After spending most of her life as a quadriplegic, Ava wakes up from the dead, with amazing new superpowers. And apparently a holy mission to destroy demons on earth. As the ‘Warrior Nun’ she is expected to lead a group of secret trained warriors who fight against evil. They also happen to be nuns. Ava is initially not overjoyed by this prospect, but once she learns how much is at stake will she return to take her place as the leader?

So the chosen one trope isn’t exactly new in the world of TV and Movies. It’s been around the block a few times. This show was presented to me as something I would like because I was a massive fan of ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ and while I can see some similarities, if you go into this expecting it to be anything like that, you, like me, will be a little disappointed. The idea of the reluctant chosen hero, who tries to uphold her sacred mission while also living a normal life is more or less the same. And there is some of the witty dialogue that we came to expect from out butt kicking heroine. But that is about where the similarities end.

My main issue was that Ave just wasn’t really a likeable person. She spent the first…two thirds of the series being a whiny, spoiled, child. It takes a looooong time for her to find her feet. By the end of the series, I could get on board with her, but you should feel some kind of connection to your heroine right away, and here, I just didn’t feel it at all. The cast of supporting characters though were great. All of the Warrior Sisters were great, they each had their own personalities and worked well on screen. It was a shame that we literally learn almost NOTHING about them. We learn a tiny bit about Lilith and Mary, and there is a vague idea being thrown around about Beatrice, but besides that…nada. Considering how much some of them are on screen, I would have liked a little more development.

The overall story of the show was great though. The lore and mythology were explained well and really immersed you in the world. They threw a lot of misdirection at you and you didn’t even realise it. So by the time you get to the end, and the big finale is happening, you are so sur that you know what is going to happen. And then they expertly pull the rug out from under your feet.

The two big reveals at the end concerning Adriel and Father Vincent didn’t exactly blow me down with shock. I am happy with the direction they took the plot twist and it could make for some really interesting stories for the next season if there is one, coz boy did this end on a cliff hanger. A little too much of a cliff hanger in my opinion. Leaving us hanging can be a great device, but to me there is nothing worse than feeling unfulfilled at the end of a series.

Overall, series and plot were great, but the characters needed a little more work. If you are curious about this, ‘Warrior Nun’ is streaming now on Netflix.

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