Warrior Nun, the new Netflix YA action fantasy series, seems to be quite popular now if the social media engagement was anything to judge by. Adapted from the comic book, the series is about Ava, a young woman brought back from the dead and imbued with superpowers to hunt demons. She's not actually a nun, but there's a whole division of heavily-armed warrior nuns who want to recruit her to their cause. The talented Alba Baptista plays Ava with a knowing, sardonic air, looking a bit like Umbrella Academy star Ellen Page's snarkier younger sister. Netflix has released a YouTube video of Ava's "Greatest Hits."
And it's less than three minutes long. That's not so much a compilation as an extended trailer. The first season of the show has 10 episodes, yet they could only find about 2 minutes of its heroine's finest snarky moments? Actually, anyone who has seen the whole first season might agree that this might be nearly all of them. Her attitude is mostly expressed in voiceover while everyone around her is deadly earnest. That's established in the first three episodes, but after that, the middle episodes of the season become slow and sluggish with a slow-moving plot and overly-serious expositional scenes. Ava disappears from the screen for long stretches, so everyone on screen is deadly earnest as they spout tedious exposition about Heaven and Hell. Things don't really pick up again until the last three episodes when she finally dresses up as a nun, but still isn't an official nun. If Doctor Who can find 30 minutes of best-of material from 4 half-hour episodes, you'd think Netflix could find that much from 10 hours of episodes.
There doesn't seem to be a lot of marketing or advertising for the show, but the target audience seems to be digging it if you look at the memes and the 'shipping that's all over Tumblr and fanfic sites. Well, Netflix might be trying to give it a bit more of a push with videos like this one.