Warrior Nun was quite a pleasant surprise despite its daft name. Set in Spain, it is a Netflix original series that is based on the comic book character Warrior Nun Areala by Ben Dunn. In this case, it's Ava Silva (Alba Baptista) who is the Warrior Nun but this series is more of a story about she got there.
Having been in a car accident as a young girl, she was left a paraplegic and in the care of nuns in an orphanage. Shortly before her 19th birthday, Ava dies, supposedly by suicide. While awaiting a funeral service in the church morgue, something remarkable happens.
The Order of the Cruciform Sword is an ancient group of nuns who fight off evil on behalf of the Catholic Church. One in a generation is considered the Warrior Nun as she carries a mystical and magical halo that gives her extraordinary powers. When the latest Warrior Nun is killed, and under pressure from attackers, a local nun runs into the morgue and presses the halo into Ava, instantly reviving her from the dead.
With a new lease on life, Ava wants nothing to do with the Order and instead runs off to live as normally as possible. But she can't escape her destiny, especially when the halo itself is a beacon for demons who are after it. Think modern-day Buffy.
Through the 10 episodes, we follow Ava's journey into a begrudging acceptance that she may very well be the only person who can finally rid the world of demons. But who can she trust and is all that it seems?
Warrior Nun is a well-produced show with great action scenes and plenty of special effects. It does have plenty of twists and turns which is just as well as there are some episodes that lag a little in pace. It's different and interesting and the while there is the usual set of incredibly stupid decisions and plot holes along the way, overall it is quite watchable.
Season 1 comes with an almighty twist and cliff hanger so no doubt season 2 will be in the works soon. It's comic book fantasy brought to life and entertaining enough to keep you watching.