Spoiler-Free Review of “Cursed” on Netflix: The Badass Female Character I have Been Waiting For

**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 of The 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…

The Pros:

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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.

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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.

Stunning cinematography.

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 Cons:

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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?

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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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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Riverdale” season 3 episode 5: “Let the Game Begin”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Riverdale season 3 episode 5, we learned that the apple really doesn’t fall that far from the tree, as some of our favorite characters repeated the same mistakes as their parents.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In tonight’s episode, “Chapter Forty:  The Great Escape,” Jughead continues to immerse himself into “Griffins and Gargoyles” and is finally ready to bring the game “off board.”  Meanwhile, Veronica works on a plan of her very own to help Archie break out of prison and Cheryl shows off her impressive archery skills.  My top 5 moments from Riverdale season 3 episode 5 are:

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“There’s something we should discuss.”

After realizing Jughead’s involvement in the game, Betty decides to continue investigating on her own and looks to her friends for help.  Betty is convinced that one of their parents could be responsible for the murder of Principal Featherhead and suggests that they each try and talk to their parents to see what they know.  While Reggie’s father responds with unnecessary violence, Kevin and Josie get more information than they bargained for when they find out that their parents are getting married.  Congrats?

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“You can’t fight your destiny.”

In the beginning of the episode, Archie and the others try to execute their escape plan, but fail.  Archie is branded by the warden, which is beyond brutal, but is also rewarded with a last supper of sorts.  Archie recognizes that the warden no longer needs him and realizes that something big is about to go down.  He asks the warden how Hiram Lodge framed him and learns that Hiram paid the witnesses $10,000 each to lie while under oath.  Archie’s life is worth $30,000 according to the warden, but we know that Veronica and his friends see his true value and will stop at nothing to help him.

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“I’m a Lodge.  I know how this goes.”

Veronica continues to clash with her father, but refuses to just sit on the sidelines.  She enlists the help of Elio and his mob connections to get into the prison.  Veronica sports a blonde wig and some classy sunglasses, but Hiram quickly spots her.  Veronica and her friends are ready to help Archie break out of prison, as they follow her plan and instructions.  Only we quickly learn that Jughead’s game of “Griffins and Gargoyles” is directly connected to the plan, but how far does this link go?

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“I’m Game Master!”

Jughead tries to explain that “we have been playing this game for a lot longer than we know.”  The game apparently relates to everything and every decision has a direct consequence in real life.  We also learn that the game only takes place in Riverdale, which is why no one else has ever heard of it.  Betty desperately tries to get Jughead to snap out of it, but his obsession has elevated to a new level.  Jughead may be the “Game Master,” but it’s only a matter of time before this game turns deadly, but for whom?

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“To the grave.”

In a confusing moment, Joaquin kisses Archie and then stabs him.  Archie does not understand this betrayal and Joaquin says, “The warden said if I’d do this, I’d ascend.”  Joaquin is somehow directly involved in the game along with the warden, which has us all wondering who is the Gargoyle King?  Archie is able to successfully break out of prison with the help of Mad Dog and his friends and he will remain in the bunker until it is safe.  Veronica tells everyone in the room that they are all in a pact and that they will need to take this to the grave, as history now repeats itself for our favorite characters.  When Betty detects Archie’s brand, we learn that the symbol is from the game, which is not surprising.  After seeing the preview for the upcoming episode on November 28th, we know that it means sacrifice.  At the end of the episode, the warden ends his own game by taking the cyanide after failing to bring down the “Red Paladin.”  While Jughead initially suspects that the warden may be the Gargoyle King, I am now wondering if it is Hiram Lodge.  Perhaps this is too obvious; however, but we know that Hiram is sort of like the king of Riverdale and is performing evil acts left and right.  Part of me also thinks that it could be Hermione Lodge, which would be an interesting twist.  Hermione was on her way to see the warden right before he killed himself so is it possible that our Gargoyle King is really a queen?  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Riverdale in the comments section below.  Happy viewing!

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