The series creator Simon Barry is synonymous with the show Continuum, which I loved, so when I heard he was adapting the comic book character “Warrior Nun Areala” by Ben Dunn, I was curious. In most projects on my radar I usually know by name or face at least one member of the cast, except here and I like it. Alba Baptista stars as Ava, Tristan Ulloa as Father Vincent, Toya Turner as Shotgun Mary, Sylvia De Fanti as Mother Superion, Lorena Andrea as Sister Lilith, Thekla Reuten as Jillian Salvius, Kristina Tonteri-Young as Young Sister Beatrice, Emilio Sakraya as JC, Joaquim de Almeida as Cardinal Duretti, Lope Haydn Evans as Michael, and Olivia Delcán as Camila.
Premise: A young woman wakes up in a morgue with a new lease on life and a divine artifact embedded in her back. She discovers she is now caught in a war between the forces of Heaven and Hell. She’s become part of an ancient order that has been tasked with fighting demons on Earth. And now has powerful forces, representing both heaven and hell, who want to find and control her.
Review: The story sounds bad ass and action packed. The show is beaming with potential, but the stills suggested more of mix bag, even though I’ve liked other shows Simon Barry worked on before. I was relieved once I saw the pilot, Warrior Nun has great production value, the cinematography is beautiful, the costumes and action scenes are good. It has the making of an awesome show but it’s somewhat lacking.
The story is more of slow burn that I thought this would be, I didn’t mind it at all. I thought it was fun but there are cringey moments that are easily overlooked. As for the characters, I don’t know about you but I’m wary of people particularly the ones who are dressed with power. By that I mean people with a uniform, one that signals some kind of authority over other people. So when Father Vincent showed up the first time I immediately suspected him and the Nun from the orphanage. I spent the rest of the show trying to figure every character, which was quite entertaining and full of surprises. Most of them are flawed with some coming across quite childish or/and prideful.
Also I don’t know where it’s set in the comics but having the show set in Spain is genius to me. It gives legitimacy to the religious aspect of the show, while allowing for great location and cinematography.
Warrior Nun has action, drama and comedy throughout. It’s not perfect but not bad enough to pass up.
You can check out or get the book here