Warrior Nun Season 2 Review – A bombastic follow-up that improves in almost every way

Season 1

Season 2

Episode Guide

Episode 1 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 2 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 3 – | Review Score – 3/5
Episode 4 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 5 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 6 – | Review Score – 3/5
Episode 7 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 8 – | Review Score – 3/5

 

Warrior Nun has absolutely no right to be this enjoyable. On paper, the premise seems absolutely bonkers and destined to fail. And when it comes to teen dramas, Netflix in particular have a real mixed bag of quality on its platform. Thankfully, Warrior Nun is one of the good eggs.

The story follows 19 year old Ava, who wakes up in the morgue after being given a second chance at life. Her new life comes at a cost though. She’s the fabled Warrior Nun, a formidable woman tasked with fighting powerful forces from both Heaven and Hell. Among those is Adriel, the deadly foe freed last season and the man that poses as the main antagonist.

The story picks up two months after that big cliffhanger. Ava is in hiding with Beatrice in Switzerland while the other sisters are spread out across Europe. Adriel’s influence is slowly starting to increase and as he takes control of Arq-Tech and turns players like Kristian and Vincent to his cause, it’s up to Superion and the other nuns to try and scrabble together and stop him before it’s too late.

Could a fabled Crown of Thorns and a mysterious teen called Miguel hold the key to stopping this deadly foe?

The story is swift, briskly paced, with a good deal of action and drama along the way. There are a couple of nice twists in here, while the action is well choreographed and surprisingly violent too. One fight that really stands out arrives during the midway point, with the camera seamlessly weaving around three central characters in the midst of their fight, with stiff punches and hard kicks traded against various foes. By contrast, the end of episode 1 features a very bloody skirmish that’s rapid and makes use of slow-mo to highlight the power these nuns hold.

Ava’s arc this season is much more compelling too, thanks in part to a good deal less whining and more urgency to her actions. Ava’s journey is actually pretty good and by the end of the story, you’ll be anxious to know exactly what happens next. The same can be said for Vincent too, who finds his faith tested, while newcomer Miguel has a decent (albeit all-too-obvious) arc. The other characters all tend to serve as narrative devices to move the plot forward, but there’s never a sense that anyone is holding this production back.

The idea of blending religion and science together isn’t a new one but there’s certainly a Da Vinci Code feel to the way the mystery is strung along. The ideas around the Crown of Thorns and various other religious artifacts works surprisingly well in the story, although the overarching narrative does suffer from the usual cliches that come with stories like this. Expect plenty of “chosen one” chatter, an apocalyptic scenario and a seemingly unstoppable foe to be the dishes of the day here.

Despite its rather conventional and standard plot beats, Warrior Nun is a surprisingly fun show. This second season builds on the foundations set last time out and it does so with a good deal of pizzazz and aplomb. This is one teen drama you don’t want to sleep on – we just need to pray for season 3 now!


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2 thoughts on “Warrior Nun Season 2 Review – A bombastic follow-up that improves in almost every way”

  1. I’m 75 and no teen BUT I agree–a season 3 please: Beatrice must also “ascend”!

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