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Netflix’s ‘Warrior Nun’: Ava Silvers might be the Buffy Summers replacement we’ve been waiting for

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Well, it took 17 years, but we finally got it. A series that could be a worthy successor to that phenomenon known as ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’. Here is a quick but thorough comparison of both series, weighing in on the strength, weaknesses, and similarities between the two shows.

Things that ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ did better:

1) Great dialogue: If there is one thing the Scooby gang did well, it was the repartee-filled dialogue and witty one-liners. It helped of course that the series was set in a high-school, where snark was the weapon of choice if you wanted to survive obnoxious queen bees during the day and fanged monsters at night. Lines from ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ have become part of pop culture lore. Sample these for zingers from Xander for instance: “I laugh in the face of danger. Then I hide until it goes away.” and this one “Just think of me as… as your… You know, I’m searching for supportive things and I’m coming up all bras. So, something slightly more manly, think of me as that.”  Xander and Spike pretty much were stand-up routines all on their ownsome and the rest of the gang, including Buffy, had some pretty good zingers to sling, especially in tough situations. ‘Warrior Nun’ tries hard to get that same humor-laced energy going, especially with Ava’s silent monologuing around “cute boy” JC, but overall, most of the nuns are pretty serious about their calling. 

2) The Scoobies: The core team that surrounded Buffy and became her surrogate family was the key to the success of the show. We might have tuned in for the vampire-kicking action but we stayed for “the family”, affectionately nicknamed the “Scooby gang” or the Scoobies. Their interactions and the bond they forged over seven seasons spanned complex and heart-warming arcs as the characters supported, learned, and fought alongside each other. ‘Warrior Nun’ mentions the nuns being a family several times but they are often at each other’s throats, especially Shotgun Mary and Sister Lilith. In addition, none of the sisters are exactly warm. With the exception of the friendship between Shotgun Mary and Ava, there is a more professional air to the relationship Ava has with the other nuns. That might change as we get more seasons, but let’s just say there isn’t a whole lot of back-slapping and bonding happening on the first season of ‘Warrior Nun’.    

3) Memorable villains: Let’s face it. Buffy had some great villains in the first few seasons until we came down to the desperate ‘First Evil’ times in the last season. The unholy family of three Spike, Drusilla, Angel, were complex villains, shifting between good, bad, vulnerable, and cruel by turn that made for great TV. Buffy’s villains were human in a way that made us invested in what happened to them. ‘Warrior Nun’ Big Bad ultimately turns out to be the “angel” Adriel, and throughout the entire show, we only see CGI “wraith demons” that look like red mist and the Tasarak demon. While they do rack up the tension, they aren’t exactly the sort of villains that hog the spotlight. 

4) Musical episode: Buffy started the trend of musical episodes and its ‘Once more with Feeling’ episode is a milestone in pop culture. The show embraced camp along with more serious episodes all the time, which is why an all-singing, all-dancing episode worked so well. ‘Warrior Nun’ has a pretty groovy soundtrack, but it is too gritty and leans towards a more realistic aesthetic. Don’t expect a musical episode for ‘Warrior Nun’ because it probably won’t happen. 

Things that ‘Warrior Nun’ does better:

1) Science Vs Religion: ‘Warrior Nun’ does an excellent job depicting the Science Vs Religion debate bringing in modern realities into the equation. Jillian Salvius, the CEO of Arqtech is in the business of creating miracles of science, opening a gateway to a parallel dimension. She does this by experimenting on the material “Divinium”, that belongs to the Church in the form of holy relics. In the beginning, we believe that she and her assistant, an ex-Vatican archivist, are the villains. But as the story progresses, things get a lot murkier. How power is manipulated by Cardinal Duretti and narratives are twisted because of belief and faith become essential to the story, especially the season’s finale. The ending shows the limitations of the Church’s language of good and evil, “demons” and “angels” to deal with otherwordly beings that do not look like us and hail from a parallel universe. In the end, we realize that a blend of faith, science, common-sense, and pure gut feel is what helps the nuns and Ava keep their heads above water. Just like how real people deal with real problems. The Buffyverse was nowhere as deep in questioning magic and the supernatural and the “ritual” that powered the first Slayer. Magic was merely a means to an end on the show with no attempt to explain its existence or why it existed. 

2) Gothic Church aesthetic: ‘Warrior Nun’ was shot in Spain, in gorgeous gothic cathedrals, spooky catacombs, and amid spectacular natural vistas. The nun’s order is based in the “Cat’s Cradle” that is part-fortress and part-convent, perched on a hill. Ava’s adventures after regaining the use of her limbs see her partying in a club that was once a prison, transformed into a psychedelic dungeon wonderland. The series has ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ beat when it comes to locations. Sunnydale, in comparison, was a pretty nondescript town and, let’s face it, ‘the Bronze’, where everybody hung out was pretty lame.

3) Fight sequences: ‘Warrior Nun’ has only a few fighting scenes but they are wonderful to behold — especially when Sister Beatrice takes down a whole private army of security guards all on her own. It is so well done that even Black Widow would cheer her lithe, agile dance, dodging bullets with just a stick and some deft martial techniques. To be fair, we’ve had a whole universe of superhero action films rain down on us since Buffy ended, that ‘Warrior Nun’ draws on. In comparison, Buffy’s fight sequences became a rinse-repeat cycle of familiar moves that didn’t really have the wow factor. 

Score: ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’: 4. ‘Warrior Nun’: 3

However, what both shows did and do get right is feeling the Pride with some great references to LGBTQ+ relationships and girl power. And in that, we can all rejoice. 

‘Warrior Nun’ premiered on July 2 on Netflix.

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Happy Birthday Jimmy Sheirgill: 10 Dialogues Of The Actor That Will Make You Whistle Wherever You Are

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Jimmy Sheirgill turns 50. The actor made his debut with Maachis in 1996, but only gained nationwide recognition in 2000 with Mohabattein. What a dreamboat he is! The number of ladies swooning over his boyish looks is unparalleled. He has also proved himself as an actor time and again. He has also mastered the art of playing the guy whom the heroine dumps in movies. Bollywood’s list of not appreciating talent has always been long. Your Honor Trailer: Jimmy Sheirgill and Varun Badola’s Crime Thriller Looks Engrossing (Watch Video).

Well, no matter where he stands in the industry, the actor has garnered a cult following of dedicated fans, who’d lap up every dialogue uttered by him on the big screen. So, today, to celebrate Jimmy’s birthday, we are going to list down our favourite dialogues of the actor that left a mark. Jimmy Sheirgill Birthday: Why We Need To See More of the Underrated Tanu Weds Manu Actor!

“Idhar Aa Raqeeb Mere Tujhe Main Gale Se Laga Loon, Mera Ishq Bemazaa Tha Teri Dushmani Se Pehle.” ~ Raqeeb

“Joh Desh Ke Liye Ladte Hai, Unki Maut Ka Countdown Unki Pehli Saans Ke Saath Shuru Ho Jaata Hai.” ~ Bang Bang

“Milke Tujhe Ban Gaya Hoon, Na Milta Toh Adhoora Reh Jaata, Sang Chalta Zamane Ki Bheed Mein, Na Jaane Kis Raah Pe Jaata, Main Adhoora Reh Jaata.” ~ De De Pyaar De

“Ladkiyon Ke Peeche Zyada Nahi Bhaagna Chahiye, Lautna Mushkil Ho Jaata Hai.” ~ Veere Ki Wedding

“Jab Boxer Ko Chot Lagti Hai Na Toh Khoon Coach Ka Hi Behta Hai.” ~ Mukkabaaz

“Joh Cheez Bikau Na Ho Aap Sirf Uska Daam Laga Sakte Hai, Uski Keemat Nahi Chuka Sakte.” ~ Dil Vil Pyaar Vyaar

“Jab Tak Khud Ki Sita Ka Haran Nahi Hota, Koi Aadmi Ram Nahi Banta.” ~ Phamous

“Aapko Pata Hai Mard Zyada Gaaliyan Kyun Dete Hai? Kyun Ki Woh Rote Kum Hai.” ~ Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns

“Mujhe Jo Karna Hai Woh Main Akele Nahi Kar Sakta, Mujhe Woh Maa Chahiye Joh Mere Sar Par Haath Rakhkar Kahe, Haan Beta Tu Sahi Hai, Main Tere Saath Hoon. ” ~ Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai

“Bola Kam Hai, Yaad Zyada Rakhna.” ~ Family Of Thakurganj

On the work front, the actor was last seen in web projects like Rangbaaz Phir Se and Your Honour, where his performance was raved about. We cannot wait to watch more of Jimmy on screen. Jimmy Jimmy Jimmy aaja aaja aaja.

 

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Dec 03, 2020 07:28 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).





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Broken But Beautiful 3: Sidharth Shukla to Romance Sonia Rathee in Ekta Kapoor’s Web Show (Watch Video)

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ALT Balaji’s web show Broken But Beautiful has been a fan favourite since quite a long time. However, admirers of the series were upset after Ekta Kapoor revealed that Vikrant Massey (Veer) and Harleen Sethi (Sameera) will no more be part of season three as new leads will kickstart the third season. Earlier, reports were that Sidharth Shukla has been roped in to play the male lead on the show and well it was cent percent true. As the first teaser of Broken But Beautiful 3 dropped online which sees the Bigg Boss 13 winner in it. Broken But Beautiful: Ekta Kapoor Confirms Vikrant Massey and Harleen Sethi Won’t Return to the Show, Asks Fans to Nominate a Jodi for Season 3. 

In the teaser, we see Sid along with Sonia Rathee, who happens to be the leading lady of the love story. The two are named Agastya and Rumi. Well, we bet after this Sidharth’s fans will be on cloud nine. The video does not leak anything much about the plot, but the leads can be seen singing the title track ‘Yeh Kya Hua‘. Sid and Sonia look stunning in the monochrome themed clip. Sidharth Shukla Bags The Male Lead Role In Ekta Kapoor’s Broken But Beautiful Season 3? (Deets Inside). 

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Details about this show on the story, cast and more will be out soon. However, it will be interesting to see how Sonia Rathee and Sidharth’s chemistry will look like. Are you excited about Broken But Beautiful 3? Tell us in the comment section below. Stay tuned!

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Dec 03, 2020 06:52 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).





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Bigg Boss 14 December 03 Synopsis: Rubina Dilaik Comes In Form, Takes Panga With All Housemates 

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The Finale Week is seeing the housemates at their aggressive best inside the house. Fresh from her outburst with Kavita Kaushik, Rubina Dilaik is seen dominating others inside the house. She starts the day by saying that everyone should do their own individual duties rather than sticking to what has been assigned to all. Rahul Vaidya and Jasmin Bhasin take a stand and say Rubina is trying to spoil the balance in the house. Even Abhinav Shukla agrees that Rubina’s decision is not sound. Bigg Boss 14 December 02 Episode: Jasmin Bhasin Has A Breakdown, Rubina Dilaik and Kavita Kaushik’s Showdown Leads To the Latter Walking Out of BB14 – 6 Highlights Of BB14.

Jasmin is also seen taking a dig at her old foe Eijaz Khan, and says how he has used his personal life problems to seek attention on the show. Eijaz is very hurt by this and he enters into a shouting match with Jasmin. Even Rahul is seen supporting Jasmin, however, Eijaz refuses to stand down! While Eijaz accuses Jasmin of having a ‘bhaade ki soch’, Jasmin says Eijaz has a ‘bhaade ka character!’ Bigg Boss: From Kavita Kaushik, Karishma Tanna to Imam Siddiqui, Let’s Take a Look at the Meanest Housemates of All Times.

Next up is the super-entertaining boat task which Bigg Boss gives to the contestants. All the housemates, except for Eijaz, have to ensure that they get seats on the boat until the task is over. Given the fact that there are fewer seats on the boat than housemates, it is a really bumpy ride! Abhinav, Jasmin and Nikki Tamboli have an epic clash as all the housemates hang on to the seats to fight to reach to the top 4!

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Dec 03, 2020 06:43 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).





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