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!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking your Favorite Male Performances on Television for 2019

Greetings TV Fans!  As we wrap up 2019 and move on to 2020, let’s take a look at some of our favorite male performances on television from this past year.  Whether it was a moment of heroism, a sacrifice, or even a breaking point, these male actors went above and beyond to fully embrace their characters.

It was difficult for me to narrow down my favorite male performances for 2019 because there were honestly so many and I didn’t think it was possible for me to choose my absolute favorite one, which is where you came in!    

I ran a three round poll (randomized tournament style) on Twitter and asked for fans to cast their votes so that we can all decide who our favorite male performances are for the year.  Thank you so much for your participation and support, as the tournament was so much fun and actually really competitive!

Round One featured the following Male Performances on TV from 2019:

  • Misha Collins as Castiel from Supernatural
  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan from The Walking Dead
  • Kit Harington as Jon Snow from Game of Thrones
  • Zachary Quinto as Charlie Manx from NOS4A2
  • Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones from Riverdale
  • Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia from The Witcher
  • Penn Badgley as Joe Goldberg from You
  • Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester from Supernatural
  • Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester from Supernatural
  • Richard Harmon as John Murphy from The 100
  • Lennie James as Morgan Jones from Fear the Walking Dead
  • Henry Ian Cusick as Dr. Jonas Lear from The Passage

After your votes, the following male actors moved on to Round Two:

  • Cole Sprouse
  • Penn Badgley
  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan
  • Jared Padalecki
  • Henry Cavill
  • Kit Harington

After your votes in Round Two, the following male actors moved on to the FINALS:

  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan
  • Jared Padalecki
  • Kit Harington

Honorable Mention:  Let’s not forget the captivating and ever so handsome, Henry Cavill, who just came up short of the final round.  Even in Henry Cavill’s monotone Geralt of Rivia voice, he still manages to capture our full attention while fighting off magical beasts with charisma.

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After your votes in Round Three, the FINAL results are:

3rd place: Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan from The Walking Dead

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We’re all in too, Negan!  Whether he’s making a sarcastic remark, being a complete bad-ass, or manipulating with the best of them, Negan is a scene stealer.  I can’t wait to see what he does next!

2nd place: Kit Harington as Jon Snow from Game of Thrones

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Jon Snow will always be one of my favorite characters on a television series.  What’s beyond the wall for Jon?  Endless possibilities, but at least he will have Ghost by his side!

Drum roll please…

1st place:  Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester from Supernatural

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Jared Padalecki WINS as your favorite male performance on TV for 2019!  Congratulations on your win for two years in a row!  I am looking forward to more courageous and heartbreaking moments from Sam Winchester in 2020 and I can’t wait to see how Supernatural ends!

Thanks to all the fans who voted!  I wish you all the best for 2020!

View Final Poll Results Here!

I hope you enjoyed the list and please feel free to post your thoughts and comments below on some of your favorite male performances on TV from 2019.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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Ranking your Favorite Female Performances on Television for 2019

Happy New Year TV Fans!  We had so many incredible female performances on television in 2019, as these strong women lit up the screen.  Whether it was a moment of female empowerment, the unexpected transformation of a character, or a breakout role, these women captured our undivided attention throughout the year.

Again, it was difficult for me to narrow down my favorite female performances for 2019 because there were honestly so many and I didn’t think it was possible for me to choose my absolute favorite one, which is where you came in!    

I ran a three round poll (randomized tournament style) on Twitter and asked for fans to cast their votes so that we can all decide who our favorite female performances are for the year.  Thank you so much for your participation and support, as the tournament was so much fun and actually really competitive!

This was also the closest race I have ever seen in the Final round, which goes to show you how truly amazing all of these female performances were.  I can’t wait to see what they do next in 2020!

Round One featured the following Female Performances on TV from 2019:

  • Lizzy Caplan as Annie Wilkes from Castle Rock
  • Eliza Taylor as Clarke Griffin from The 100
  • Alycia Debnam-Carey as Alicia Clark from Fear the Walking Dead  
  • Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones
  • Emma Roberts as Brooke from American Horror Story:  1984
  • Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper from Riverdale
  • Anya Chalotra as Yennefer of Vengerberg from The Witcher
  • Jodie Comer as Villanelle from Killing Eve
  • Marie Avgeropoulos as Octavia Blake from The 100
  • Kiernan Shipka as Sabrina Spellman from Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
  • Maisie Williams as Arya Stark from Game of Thrones
  • Danai Gurira as Michonne from The Walking Dead

After your votes, the following female actresses moved on to Round Two:

  • Anya Chalotra
  • Jodie Comer
  • Lili Reinhart
  • Kiernan Shipka
  • Alycia Debnam-Carey
  • Emilia Clarke

Honorable Mention:  Maisie Williams just came up short.  Arya’s growth and “Not Today” moment was one of the most fantastic performances I have ever witnessed on television and she deserves a mention here!

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After your votes in Round Two, the following female actresses moved on to the FINALS:

  • Jodie Comer
  • Emilia Clarke
  • Anya Chalotra

Honorable Mention:  Lili Reinhart just came up short.  Betty Cooper continues to put her sleuth skills to the test, challenging anyone who gets in her way.  I can’t wait to see what her character does next in 2020!

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After your votes in Round Three, the FINAL results are:

3rd place: Anya Chalotra as Yennefer of Vengerberg from The Witcher

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Wow, talk about a breakout performance.  I was so mesmerized by her performance in The Witcher and she has quickly become a fan favorite for many.  This girl is on fire!

Drum roll please…

We actually have a TIE for first place!!!!!! I am so beyond excited to announce your WINNERS for Favorite Female Performance of 2019:

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones

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AND

Jodie Comer as Villanelle from Killing Eve

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Both of these ladies rocked it and deserve this win!  They pour their hearts and souls into their roles and captivate us every single time they are on screen.  Some of the most compelling performances I have ever witnessed and I am a huge fan of both of these amazing and strong women!

Thanks to all the fans who voted!  I wish you all the best for the New Year!

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Ranking my Top 10 Television Shows of 2019: Which Shows Made The Cut?

Greetings TV Fans!  I hope you all had an amazing holiday and I wish you all the best for the upcoming New Year!  As we get closer and closer to approaching 2020, I thought it would be the perfect time to count down my Top 10 TV Shows of 2019. 

While some returning shows continued strong, others fell off slightly.  Meanwhile, some other new shows completely captivated my attention, paving their way into my top 10.

**Please note some spoilers are ahead.**

Without any further delay, let’s get to my list!

My Top 10 Television Shows of 2019 are:

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American Horror Story:  1984

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Who doesn’t love the 80’s?  The first half of the newest season of AHS was so much fun.  The music was to die for and it really gave us this campy comedy horror vibe that also presented us with some fun throwbacks to horror movies we all know and love.

Emma Roberts did a fantastic job leading the cast and we got plenty of twists and turns along the way.  While the second half of the season fell off for me, I still was entertained, rooting for my Final Girls to kick some ass!

9

The Punisher (Season 2)

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So I am a huge Jon Bernthal fan and I really think that he plays this role to perfection.  Bernthal is always a little rough around the edges, but that’s part of his charm and he is so believable as Frank Castle.  I absolutely loved the first season of the show and while I anticipated that this show would be canceled after season 2, I knew that it would provide us with a lot of action and it did!

8

The Purge (Season 2)

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Last year, The Purge (season 1) was my absolute favorite show of the year.  I am a huge fan of the movies and I didn’t go into the series with very high expectations, but it was bloody fantastic!  It’s hard to live up to something so spectacular and while season 2 fell slightly short for me, it still was such an entertaining watch.

The new characters were great and I loved the inside look into the NFFA.  Fans got a chance to see a world outside of Purge Night, which was so interesting.  They presented us with so many new layers, while sprinkling in some super fun cameos and Easter eggs too!

7

Riverdale (Season 3)

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Riverdale is definitely one of my favorite shows, but after all of the Black Hood dark twists in season 2, season 3 got a little bit weird.  We entered the world of Gryphons and Gargoyles and learned about The Farm, which was really bizarre and confusing, but there were still so many moments that kept this show going strong for me.

The Midnight Club flashback episode was fantastic and Cheryl Blossom was pretty much born to star in the Heathers musical episode, reminding me why I love this show so much!

6

The Walking Dead (Season 10)

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I have been watching TWD since it first started and I loved the earlier seasons so much.  The show fell off for me along the way and I often felt like I was watching out of obligation.  However, the second half of season 9 and the beginning of season 10 made me a true fan once again.

The Whisperers are fantastic villains and we are finally getting some screen time for some of our favorite characters.  I mean, who doesn’t love seeing Daryl and Carol making friendship bracelets for one another?  Keep it up, TWD!

5

Unbelievable

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Not the typical type of show that I usually watch, but I heard really great things about this show and decided to give it a try.  There were some parts that were difficult to watch, but the performances were so real and inspiring.  I could not stop watching this show and I thought it was so thought-provoking and important.

4

Killing Eve (Season 2)

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While season 1 allowed us to really focus on Eve’s quest to take down Villanelle, we got to really know Villanelle in season 2.  Jodie Comer’s performance was beyond fantastic and I was so excited for her Emmy win!  The dynamic between Eve and Villanelle took some unexpected turns in season 2 and we were left with a major cliffhanger at the end of the season, but this show is so addicting and I can’t get enough!  More please!

3

Stranger Things (Season 3)

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I am a huge fan of Stranger Things, but I was slightly underwhelmed by season 2.  However, season 3 came back with a bang, giving us so many fun 80’s moments. Some of our favorite characters truly got to shine and we also got some fantastic new characters that I welcomed with open arms.  I think season 3 may be my favorite now, but I was so entertained by the watch and I can’t wait to see how it all ends!

2

Game of Thrones (Season 8)

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I thought that GOT would pretty much be a given as my favorite show of the year, but the final season took some interesting twists that I’m still debating over.  That being said, the performances were brilliant, the action was intense, and we also got some heart-warming moments in the midst of the heartbreaking ones.

I loved seeing Arya’s “Not Today” moment and Jon Snow’s reunion with Ghost was very special for me.  This show will always be one of my all time favorites and overall, I was thoroughly entertained.

Drum roll please…

1

The Witcher

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This show was such an unexpected and pleasant surprise.  Even though the show started off a little slow, it kicked things up a notch and quickly became my favorite show of the year!  The characters and performances were beyond fantastic.  The action was out of this world and the dark magic was so intriguing.

This show was fast-paced, fun, and addicting.  I never thought that I would even like this show and it somehow blew all of the other shows out of the water for me.  Cheers to The Witcher!

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I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and comments about your favorite television shows of 2019.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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Spoiler-Free Review of “The Witcher” on Netflix: Monsters, Magic and Melody

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The world of a dark fantasy can be somewhat confusing, but with Henry Cavill’s portrayal of Geralt of Rivia, all bets are off.  We are quickly immersed into a world filled with terrifying nightmares, dark magic, and war, as we are reminded quite often about the importance of destiny while bursting into some welcomed song.

The Witcher began streaming episodes on Netflix as of December 20th 2019 and currently features eight episodes for season one.  Each episode is about an hour, so leave plenty of time to watch this.  It stars Henry Cavill, Freya Allan, and Anya Chalotra.  If you are worried about the cliffhanger ending at the end of season one, fear not!

The Witcher has already been confirmed and renewed for season two by Netflix.

Based on the popular video games and book series, The Witcher follows Geralt of Rivia on his monster hunting quest, as he tries to find his own purpose in the world while battling the forces of evil on a daily basis.  His destiny is linked to Princess Ciri, who ends up on the run during the war, and to Yennefer of Vengerberg, a powerful mage with her own inner demons.

Does The Witcher measure up to all the hype?  Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Wonderful characters and performances.

If you were worried about Henry Cavill, don’t be.  He’s absolutely fantastic!  Once you get over his tone of voice, you will thoroughly enjoy his performance.  Some of my favorite moments include the dynamic between him and the bard, giving us a lot of unexpected comedy and fun banter.

My favorite character is definitely Yennefer of Vengerberg, however.  Her story is so intriguing and interesting.  I got some Melisandre vibes from Game of Thrones, but that is not a bad thing at all.  I’m always more interested in the darker anti-hero rather than a character who is so obviously good.

Gore, action, and passion.

The Witcher is definitely not for the faint of heart.  The battle scenes are intense and there are some disturbing images and moments that I am still cringing over.  Of course these moments are also balanced out with a lot of sex scenes, but that’s to be expected.  I don’t think that anything was overdone or over-the-top, however.

The Cons:

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A lot of characters and time jumps.

So, when you play a video game, you get a guide to reference and I often felt like I needed one of my very own to keep track of everyone.  There is a lot jam-packed into eight episodes and you really need to pay attention.

I also thought the time jumps were slightly confusing.  I didn’t get any text clues as to where we were in time and I had to figure it out on my own.  Again, I don’t really think this was a huge issue, but I did feel like I needed to take notes to figure out some things…

So am I in or out?

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I’m in 100 percent!  Wow, this may be one of the best shows I have watched all year.  I’ll be honest, I went into this show expecting to be confused and overwhelmed.  I am familiar with the video games and books, but I wouldn’t say that I am that well versed in either.

From my understanding, the show fits in somewhere between these plots while giving us enough of a unique story, but you can watch this show without knowing anything about either one.  Trust me.

If you are a fan of shows or movies like Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, and Merlin, you will feel right at home, but I will say that you don’t need to be a fantasy fan to enjoy this series.  The story weaving is so intricate and well done and this show is beyond addicting.  Even though the episodes are long, I finished it in two days and as soon as I got to the end, I wanted more!

I highly recommend this show and I hope you enjoy it!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on The Witcher in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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