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Parents need to know that Warrior Nun is a supernatural mystery series about a battle between good and evil, with a young woman named Ava (Alba Baptista) at the center of a chosen-one quest. Based on Ben Dunn's comic book series Warrior Nun Areala, it has lots of battle violence, plus deaths and gruesome injuries. That said, many of the weapons have a sci-fi look (giant guns, a glowing sword, etc.), and the wounds are often light on blood and have supernatural aspects. Ava is a powerful role model who frequently sacrifices herself for others and understands her place in her quest, even though it takes some time for her to understand her duties and obligations. The diverse cast is also mostly made up of young women. Sexual content includes romantic complications between Ava and a male character; expect them to kiss and date. Language includes "f--k" and "s--t." Characters drink at parties, and -- while at a club -- Ava and her friends take an unnamed drug that seems to be psychedelic. Courage and teamwork are demonstrated in the show's central quest.
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What's the story?
Based on the comic series Warrior Nun Areala by Ben Dunn, WARRIOR NUN transports us to a mysterious battle between good and evil taking place in modern day Spain. A group of powerful nuns is one of the forces holding back evil monsters, an angel's halo providing them with much of their spiritual power. But when their leader is killed by armed assassins and the halo is implanted in the body of a dead girl for safekeeping, things start to go really awry. You see, Ava (Alba Baptista) comes back from the dead, not just newly alive, but with certain halo-inspired new powers. Now it's up to the Order of the Cruciform Sword to find Ava and harness her powers in their fight, before the world falls before evil forever.
Is it any good?
This absorbing Netflix supernatural mystery series with a Catholic framework starts in the middle of its story and takes its time getting where it's going, but is enjoyably bonkers along the way. Though in the comic Sister Shannon Masters is the leader of the nun contingent of the great war against good and evil, Warrior Nun wastes no time dispatching Shannon and putting a new character at the center of the action. Ava is young, confused, recently returned from the dead, and much more interested in making a new life for herself after enduring a short and miserable previous existence than in learning about the angel's halo that was hastily implanted in her back in a conflict-laden moment.
Thus her whole chosen-one quest temporarily takes a back seat to an unusual but compelling storyline where Ava hooks up with a group of glamorous drifters who bum around a (unnamed but beautiful and atmospheric) Spanish city, squatting in mansions. Once the titular warrior nuns catch up with her, the story takes on beats that will be familiar to fans of other girl-power monster slayers (Buffy, Xena, and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina jump to mind). But the actors are fresh and interesting, the setting and backstory compelling, and the mythology just meaty enough to carry a few seasons of fun adventure. There's no fighting this Warrior Nun in the battle for your next binge.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how religion has traditionally been portrayed in shows and movies with an action/supernatural bent. Think about how religious figures are portrayed in some of the things you've watched. Are they depicted as heroic? Monstrous? Why does it vary, and what does this say about what faith represents culturally?
Warrior Nun's characters place a great deal of importance on integrity, working as a team, and learning to sacrifice for the greater good. Families can talk about how they apply those values in their own lives. What do they consider the greater good?
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