I finished watching last night and today I kept thinking it was a fever dream, cause this was so odd, there's no way this is real.I don't think anyone understands how shocked I'm at the fact that the leading woman, the heroine, the sun summoner spent half the episode laying in the ground doing nothing other than saying "mal mal mal mal" out of all the shows I've watched this is the most shocking (and funniest) thing ever, the closest I can compare it to is some episodes of Smallville where Clark also spends half the episode on the ground because there's kryptonite around and that's also super embarrassing but at least there's kryptonite like in this scenario I don't think she was hurt? she was just sobbing about mal? it's insane, and also smallville is a 20 year old show so that kinda justifies clark being a little useless but wow I'm just shocked. And then Alina is so useless that the bambi's ghost had to come back to illuminate her on what to do, which was literally grab the knife.Now back to the specifics of the episode, this time I checked and my first laugh came at the 2:25 mark, and from then it was laughter mixed with shock (at our heroine doing absolutely nothing)Then we have Nina and Mathias, okay hello nice to see you, totally forgot about you guys, and also a hot witchie that loves waffles? that's as 2013 tumblr as it gets. And oh wow, their ending was so heartbreaking, hope they can sort that out, but I really like the set up for next season w Nina, Mathias, and the three crows.And then it was so cringey cause can you imagine every diplomatic guess at the ship? there were like 5 of them and they had to deal with the darklina malina drama and I would just be so embarrassed for them I would just jump off the ship, like you fix your issues and then you call me.And just when everything was so embarrasingly shocking and funny, our true heroines came!!! INEJ WOW!!! And then Zoya surprised me!! they did what poor Alina couldn't! they techincally defeated the darkling! (if he wasn't eternal, but if he was just a man he would be dead) that was the highlight of the episode/show for me.And I think even worse than Alina, there's Mal... he literally just buried his head on the sand, it's so so so sad and pathetic, it breaks my heart, there's a mexican saying "si no ayudas no estorbes" like it's ok if you can't be helpful, just don't get in the way, that's all he did for 8 episodes, and then on the end he has the nerve to say "they'll have to go through me (if someone wants to hurt alina)" and it's like... only Inej has the right to say that. And the dumbest thing out of everything, them believing one of the fold creatures would go against the darkling, its creator???? like maybe in the confussion of the battle a creature can attack him, but obviously he would know how to control them, you don't need to be very smart to conclude that, they clearly aren't any smart.And I know I've talked a lot of sht about the show, but for real I don't mean it in a hateful way, it was an enjoyable and entertaining show, but I also feel like there was a lot of wasted potential, just starting with the budget , you can clearly see it was limited and the sets, costumes and characterizations paid the price, A Christmas Prince had a better palace than this, and there's a lot that's lost when you don't invest in creating that fantasy, then the story felt super rushed, we never see her training again, we never see any romance build up (I don't know if that happens in the book) but it was like BAM you are a grisha BAM you are now the most powerful grisha BAM you kiss the guy BAM the guy and you are now mortal enemies BAM the show is over, so maybe 12 episodes would've been a better option, yes that sounds more expensive, but if netflix is gonna invest in a franchise why not do things right (not that it matters cause we all watched and this gets renewed and they don't improve anything and it's a vicious cycle til the end of times) but I wanna watch quality stuff. Then there was the acting... I don't wanna call anyone a bad actor, but you could crearly see two different acting energies, and it's not like one of them was wrong, but it's like they don't match, and that's where most of my laughter came from. And then my main issue which I guess isn't nobody's issue but mine, is that at the end of the day I don't vibe with the character choices/development especially Alina's, it's not even the story cause overall it's a good one, but this is more like a personal preference, where I can't stand girlies that spend 90% of their time being like "mal mal mal mal" and I guess this is how the book goes? so at the end of the day this isn't netflix or the actors' fault; but maybe just how they took a lot of creative liberties with the winx show, they could've tried to make a more modern adaptation? at least with some character traits? like when Alina apologized to Mal for calling the darkling aleksander cause it was implied that he realized they were close why would she need to apologize to someone who isn't her boyfriend? for a hook up? and again this isn't about men suck or a good female character has to be evil to be strong, it's more like we know we can bend the rules a little, we know we don't have to be the poster kids of purity and rightness to be good people, we know there's a gray area, so that's what I mean when I say I want a show to be modern. Sorry for the super long comments, I'm super bored and sometimes I hyperfixate on things to get distracted of my miserable reality, but this is a goodbye, see you guys in this comment section in around two years? best of luck!
I didn't really care for the whole sun summoner story line but the Kaz & co stuff was pretty good (even despite them nerfing him). Looking forward to season 2.
Wish there was more action, but I guess CGI is expensive
Well lmao I was definitely not expecting them to get rid of the Darkling's moral ambiguity and paint him as a stereotypical Disney villain
I love how they treated Zoya in this version.
I didn't like how Inej threw her knives
I still would have preferred if Crow's story was less related to S&B more in Ketterdam, but it was good
This show does not have enough interesting characters for me to care about what happens.
"You're welcome to grow a beard... but only for the purpose of keeping me warm." :pleading_face::pleading_face::pleading_face:
Aaaand the antlers got absorbed into Alinas's body. Ok, then. Good news for the make up crew, I guess. Also, now no one will be able to recognized her. Win-win.
I didn't like the plot the series added about General Zlatan wanting independence from the rest of Ravka. In a way, I feel like it served to justify the Darkling wiping out Novokirbisk. In the book, he just destroyed that whole town to establish and show off his power. It was a threat. It was infinitely more evil. They keep trying to justify his behavior and make him sympathetic. He's greedy and unapologetic, the lonely, misunderstood boy died a long, long time ago.
Also, the Nina/Matthias twist was every bit as heartbreaking as it was in the book. They had such a rocky start, and right when everything seemed to be looking up. Bam. They're back to square one. So sad.
I look forward to season 2 and the glorious introduction of prince Nikolai. He, Nina and Jesper would be a riot together. All that charm and flirtatious energy. The world is simply not ready.
Great final episode for Season 1. Good binge watch Series. Can be a bit slow, but keeps you interested all the way through. :thumbsup_tone1:
We need a second season now.It was a decent finale and there were some good scenes.