Episode 1 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 2 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 3 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 4 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 5 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 6 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 7 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Invisible City is a tightly written, fast-paced fantasy drama that will leave you wanting more when the final credits roll. In its simplest form, this Brazilian Netflix Original feels like a hedonistic blend of Grimm, Green Frontier and American Gods. It’s a show that’s both overly familiar and wholly original, making for a really refreshing fantasy worth checking out.
The story here revolves around an environmental officer called Eric who finds himself thrown head-first into the world of myths and legends when his wife Gabriela is inexplicably killed in the forest by a fire. With no leads and the cause of the fire unknown, Eric is frustrated when the case is closed as unresolved.
When a pink river dolphin washes up on shore though, Eric is thrown headfirst into a mystery that sees him team up (and duel against) numerous colorful characters that inhabit this fantasy world. Of course, in true fantasy fashion there’s more to Eric than meets the eye but that’s revealed over time and won’t be spoiled here.
Suffice to say, this blend of mystery and drama builds up to a suitable cliffhanger ending. However, the show does manage to resolve just enough of the plot threads to make for a satisfying single season but also some tantalizing propositions for a follow-up to expand fully on the ideas presented here.
Native Brazilian watchers are likely to get more out of this one, especially with the depiction of various legends and folklore tales, but there’s a real attention to detail that will almost certainly have everyone else searching online to find out more about the origin of these tales.
Visually, the series looks great too and some of the special effects add to the heightened sense of fantasy. Seeing Ines covering a dead body in butterflies or experiencing an extreme close up of the Curupira, with flames protruding from his head, looks really realistic. Props to the designers for this one, Invisible City has a tightly woven aesthetic.
Invisible City is a fast-paced, well written deep dive into Brazilian folklore, bringing with it an intriguing mystery and some gorgeous visuals. While the cliffhanger ending may put some people off and the fast pace leaves little room to explore subplots for some characters, there’s enough here to make for a solid watch.
Verdict - 7.5/10