**This is a spoiler-free review so feel free to read on!**
“Where to begin…with water or with fire?”
Mystery has often surrounded the infamous Lady of the Lake from Arthurian legend and while we have witnessed plenty of twists and versions of King Arthur in film and in television, I have been anxiously waiting for this show to premiere.
Cursed premiered on July 17th 2020 on Netflix. It features ten episodes available to stream now (approximately 55 minutes in length). The show stars Katherine Langford, Devon Terrell, Gustaf Skarsgård, and Daniel Sharman.
Cursed centers on the story of a young enchantress named Nimue. She encounters the power of the sword and stumbles upon a young Arthur, while trying to protect her people from being wiped out by the Red Paladin. As Nimue continues her journey, she soon discovers that there is an incredible power within her that is begging to be unleashed.
The show is a good mix ofThe Witcher and Maleficent, bringing us beautiful cinematography and incredible action sequences, but does Cursed do enough to stand out on its own?Let’s find out…
Katherine Langford shines as Nimue!
I have not been this excited about a female character since The Witcher’s Yennefer of Vengerberg and while there are many characters I hold to high esteem on this list (Buffy Summers, Octavia Blake, Daenerys Targaryen, Piper Halliwell), it’s not easy to hold your own and Katherine Langford absolutely steps up to the plate as Nimue!
The Wolf-Blood Witch is badass and then some! While I absolutely loved Katherine Langford on 13 Reasons Why, she truly shines here and I will be a fan of hers forever!
Unique twists on the Arthurian legend.
While Arthur plays a major part in the series, he takes a back seat to the Queen wielding the sword. As the series goes on, you will quickly discover a lot of familiar characters and reveals along the way, but a lot has changed and I think that’s a good thing. This actually helped the show stay fresh and relevant. It prevented it from becoming a predictable shadow of a story, allowing it to branch off into a really interesting retelling that has captivated my full attention.
The supporting characters were also really entertaining and I didn’t even mind when the story shifted to them for a little while because everyone was really fantastic on this show.
I mean, it just took my breath away. Everything was so beautiful and magical. I also appreciated that this didn’t overwhelm the show. It just complimented each scene perfectly, really bringing us into this world seamlessly.
The plot wavers here and there…
We all know the point of the series and where the Lady of the Lake should end up, but the plot becomes a little uncertain here and there and then is covered up by gory and flashy fight scenes to make you forget about any inconsistencies. I would say that the plot did a good job of redeeming itself, but there were some moments when I needed to go back to see what was actually happening.
So am I in or out?
I’m in 100 percent!This series was everything I hoped for and more. Katherine Langford was incredible as Nimue! I really hope this show gets picked up for a second season…especially after that major cliffhanger!
I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Cursed in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!
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Happy Wednesday TV fans! As I near the end of my Buffy the Vampire Slayer re-watch, it really got me thinking about how many epic moments there are between Buffy and Spike. While I tend to prefer Buffy and Angel together romantically, I cannot ignore the spark between these two and I’m sure that Spuffy fans would agree.
For today, I am going to be ranking the top 5 moments featuring Buffy and Spike. I was having a little bit of trouble deciding because there are so many outstanding moments and I did ask for input from Spuffy fans on Twitter as well. Thank you so much for your help and participation! I’m glad to know that I was not the only one having trouble with this, but I think that really proves that all of these Spuffy moments truly stand the test of time.
Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the full series yet.
My top 5 moments featuring Buffy and Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer are:
The porch scene (Moment from “Fool for Love” season 5, episode 7).
During this episode, Buffy seeks out Spike’s help after she is almost killed by a vampire. Spike has killed two slayers in his lifetime and Buffy is looking to find out more about this. We get to see a glimpse into Spike’s past and learn that he was previously a “bloody awful poet” before being turned into a vampire.
During present day, Spike has the chip in his head and is beyond furious with Buffy after she tells him that he is beneath her, which is what Cecily said to Spike so many years ago. Spike decides that he is going to kill Buffy to even the score, but has a sudden change of heart when he sees her crying on the porch.
Buffy has just found out that her mother is extremely sick and she takes a moment outside to try and deal with this. In a beautiful and selfless moment, Spike simply asks Buffy “what’s wrong” and sits next to her on the porch in silence. Buffy may not be ready to talk about it just yet, but this gesture is very much appreciated and reveals that Spike is capable of friendship and goodness even before his soul is returned.
Buffy kisses Spike as “Buffybot” (Moment from “Intervention” season 5, episode 18).
During this episode, Spike’s “Buffybot” is both hilarious and slightly disturbing. Spike’s infatuation with Buffy has reached a new level, as he “role plays” with Warren’s creation. Glory’s minions notice that “Buffybot” is protecting Spike as if he were “precious” and mistake him for the key. Glory tortures Spike badly, but he refuses to give Dawn up because he knows that it would destroy Buffy.
At the end of the episode, the real Buffy pretends to be “Buffybot” to find out what Spike said. After Spike reveals that he did not tell her anything, Buffy kisses him. This is the first “real” kiss between these two. Buffy does it to thank him, but Spike is beyond shocked by this act and I was pleasantly surprised myself.
Buffy tells Spike she loves him right before he sacrifices himself (Moment from “Chosen” season 7, episode 22).
In the series finale, Spike sacrifices himself to destroy the hellmouth. Right before he dies, he tells Buffy that he can feel his soul. Buffy holds his hand, which begins to burst into flames and tells Spike that she loves him. Spike says, “No you don’t. But thanks for saying it.”
While this moment is absolutely heartbreaking, Spike’s purpose has now been fulfilled. He saves the world and protects Buffy, truly earning the title of a “champion.” Buffy recognizes his sacrifice and tells him that she loves him because he deserves to hear it. Whether she means it or not, this moment truly touches my heart and soul.
Buffy and Spike kiss at the end of the musical (Moment from “Once More, with Feeling” season 6, episode 7).
You can’t help singing along to the musical episode of Buffy. Or maybe you can, but I absolutely know all of the words and I’m not ashamed to admit that. There have been undeniable sparks between Buffy and Spike leading to this moment and at the very end of the musical episode, Buffy and Spike share an epic kiss.
It’s like you can see the fireworks going off at this moment, as these two finally begin a romantic relationship. While their relationship has many ups and downs, this kiss is beyond swoon-worthy. Most fans voted for this particular moment as their favorite and I have to admit that I was pretty torn as well, but I ultimately decided that there was one more moment that really showcased the love between Buffy and Spike even more. At least for me.
Some honorable mentions before revealing my number one moment featuring Buffy & Spike are:
Spike takes Buffy out drinking (Moment from “Life Serial” season 6, episode 5).
Spike proposes to Buffy after Willow’s spell goes wrong (Moment from “Something Blue” season 4, episode 9).
Faith in Buffy’s body teases Spike (Moment from “Who Are You?” season 4, episode 16).
Buffy learns that Spike’s soul has returned (Moment from “Beneath You” season 7, episode 2).
Buffy & Spike take down a building (Moment from “Smashed” season 6, episode 9).
Buffy tells Spike that she was in heaven (Moment from “After Life” season 6, episode 3).
Spike tells The First that Buffy believes in him (Moment from “Bring on the Night” season 7, episode 10).
Spike tells Buffy that she’s the one (Moment from “Touched” Season 7, episode 20).
After re-watching the series, this moment still remains as my absolute favorite for Buffy and Spike. Spike’s speech to Buffy is so real and perfect. He tells her how he feels with every part of his being and speaks from the heart. Buffy is feeling lost and confused and Spike reminds her that she is a “hell of a woman” and “the one.”
Later in the episode, Buffy and Spike just hold each other, which is truly something magical. This simple expression of their love is so pure and perfect. Their relationship has transcended into something beyond epic in this moment and I wouldn’t have it play out any other way.
Later in the series, Spike even tells Buffy that it was the best night of his life and it’s definitely my favorite moment for these two!
I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own comments and thoughts about your favorite moments featuring Buffy & Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!
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Happy Friday TV fans! The weekend is almost here and these drastic changes in weather here in New York have brought out all sorts of clothing changes. Heavy coats were swapped out for chic leather jackets, giving each one of us the chance to shine on our own runway. Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl got it right when she said “fashion is art and culture and history and everything I love combined.”
Whether you are channeling a certain era in time or embracing a new trend you spotted in a magazine, fashion is all about expression and creation. You can change up your style with each new outfit, depending on your mood or destination, which makes it so truly wonderful. For today, I am going to be looking at female TV characters with some serious style. Whether they are trying to rule the world…or their high school or looking for an escape from the mundane world of suburbia, these ladies are beyond well-dressed. They’ve become my inspiration when plotting my own next ensemble.
My top 5 most fashionable female characters on TV are:
Veronica Lodge from Riverdale.
I’ve been quite impressed with the fashion on Riverdale. Every character really embraces it and is not afraid to try out new trends, but I have to give the top spot from the show to Miss Veronica Lodge. When she arrives from the big city, she brings her expensive wardrobe with her and is not afraid to show it off. Veronica truly has an Audrey Hepburn inspired look, carefully completing each ensemble with simple but classic accessories, such as her pearl necklace. Veronica always looks flawless and ready for anything. It’s no wonder she is able to stand up to her parents and the other adults in this town. She’s dressing the part and means business.
Emily Thorne from Revenge.
You can’t help not rooting for Emily on her quest for revenge against the Grayson family who she believes is responsible for the downfall of her father. Emily takes on her new identity and plans to step into the elite world of the Hamptons, Long Island. You would never doubt for a second that she doesn’t belong, as she makes an entrance with poise and confidence. Emily’s wardrobe is beyond beautiful. She tends to favor reds and floral patterns, typically leaving her long blonde hair down in soft waves, giving her a certain Veronica Lake vibe. Emily even challenges the notorious Victoria Grayson without batting an eyelash. Even her casual wardrobe screams The Hamptons, embracing simple cardigans and nautical sweaters with fitted jeans. No matter where the social event is, Emily Thorne is there to make a statement and her wardrobe absolutely helps her accomplish this.
Gabrielle Solis from Desperate Housewives.
When ex-model, Gabrielle moves to Wisteria Lane with her rich husband, Carlos, she has traded in her runway days for the quiet life of suburbia. However, that doesn’t mean Gabrielle is about to sacrifice her wardrobe in the process. Even though most of the other women on the block dress casual and simple, Gabrielle looks fabulous in brightly colored ensembles. Even when she does her Yoga, she has on brightly colored matching velour sweats. Gabrielle’s dresses are her trademark, however. She absolutely adores anything that is couture. In a hilarious moment on the show, Gabrielle’s entire walk-in closet is destroyed by a horrible leak in the ceiling and her screams of distress are absolutely sympathetic. When Gabrielle begins dating her second husband, Victor, she seems to have more fun going through his ex-wife’s closet, even borrowing a few outfits. Unfortunately for Gabrielle, the ex spots her in the outfit and Gabrielle is forced to strip in the bathroom and hand over the goods. Luckily, Gabrielle can pull off any outfit…or lack of one in this case, so she was in the clear.
Buffy Summers from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
I was a teenager myself when watching Buffy and I have to say that she was my inspiration for my own style. I remember trying to find the perfect prom dress that looked like hers because I adored it that much. Whether Buffy was rocking a pair of cute leather boots with a short dress or skirt or wearing one of her beautiful statement coats, she always looked fierce while defeating the many threats in Sunnydale. While she was great at accessorizing, perhaps her best accessory was her cross-bow which really went with every outfit. Later in the series, Buffy traded out many of her short dresses for cute leather pants and soft sweaters, embracing hoop earrings and cute hairstyles. No matter what outfit she wore, she always looked comfortable and cute, which is sometimes really hard to do! Either way, Buffy still remains an absolute influence on my own fashion and style.
Some honorable mentions before revealing my number one pick are:
Hanna Marin from “Pretty Little Liars”
Cheryl Blossom from “Riverdale”
Serena van der Woodsen from “Gossip Girl”
Olivia Pope from “Scandal”
Victoria Grayson from “Revenge”
Aria Montgomery from “Pretty Little Liars”
Felicity Smoak from “Arrow”
Joan Watson from “Elementary”
Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl.
So if the quote at the beginning didn’t give me away, my number one pick for most fashionable female TV character has to be awarded to Blair Waldorf. The Queen B herself, Blair embodies fashion and style. Her number one accessory is always her headband, which basically represents a crown, but she wears it so well. Blair, like Veronica Lodge, has an Audrey Hepburn vibe going on, but takes it to an entirely new level. Whether she is rocking a preppy outfit with knee-socks or a breathtaking gown, Blair plans every single detail of her outfit. Her endless amounts of coats are to die for and her handbags are elegant and the perfect pop of color. I’m sure fans around the world (including me) would love to go through her closet just to be that close to a work of art that will never go out of style. Blair’s love for fashion is absolutely apparent and even when she is scolding her minions; it’s hard not to root for her because she looks absolutely fabulous in every scene.
I hope you enjoyed the list and please feel free to post your thoughts and comments below on some of your picks for the most fashionable female TV characters. Happy viewing!