Saints become martyrs before they get to be heroes.
I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I hadn’t actually read the books (although now I really wanted to) and for the first episode or two, I really thought it was some sort of cheesy YA fantasy, a la Hunger Games and the ilk.
But a few episodes in… and it really started to grow on me. The world building is fascinating, primarily the basis on a broad Asian setting, but with an emphasis on Russian roots, with some influences (in other nations) from China and India. The magic system is a bit cheesey and somewhat unexplained (so far), but at the very least it’s pretty?
On top of that, you have absolutely wonderful characters/actors. Jessie Mei Li nails it as lead Alina Starkov, Ben Barnes as General Kirigan–plays his character rather well (he actually has the gravitas of old, powerful, and twisted, which not everyone can pull off
). But the ones that really shine are the Crows (I don’t think they’re referred to as such in the show?): Freddy Carter as Kaz, Amita Suman as Inej and Kit Young as Jesper. There are rumors that they might get their own show and that would be awesome.
In any case, worth a watch. And we’re getting Season 2, hopefully sometime next year? Onward!