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Wednesday - Episode 1 - TV Series Review

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by Jennifer Muirhead (subscribe)
I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. ~ Eartha Kitt
Published November 29th 2022
Allergic to colour
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After being expelled from her high school for injuring a group of boys who bullied her brother, Wednesday Addams is sent to an exclusive boarding school called Nevermore Academy. The school, which is where Wednesday's parents first met, has a reputation for being a refuge for outcasts, and is home to supernatural creatures including vampires and werewolves.

Wednesday being Wednesday just wants to run away and live life on her own terms, and she isn't the only one who doesn't want her at Nevermore.

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"I'm not sure this character comes across as gay enough". "What if we literally dress her in a lesbian flag?

is a new comedy/drama based on the Addams Family. Jenna Ortega (from Scream 5 and The Babysitter 2) apparently learned archery, fencing and how to play the cello just for the role of Wednesday. She certainly looks convincing in the fight scene in the first episode, and plays a very cool version of the Rolling Stones' Painted Black on her cello.

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Christina Ricci as the botany teacher.

Emma Myers is adorable as Wednesday's roommate, Enid, a werewolf with rainbow painted claws. Gwendoline Christie (from Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Game of Thrones) is the school principal, and Christina Ricci (who played Wednesday in the 1991 and 1993 Addams Family movies) is Wednesday's botany teacher.

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Did I mention that there is fencing?

The exterior scenes at Nevermore were shot at a Romanian castle (as in The Princess Switch), giving it a properly spooky, ancient look.

There is some violence and horror, and a little swearing, but nothing the average teenager won't have come across before.

In this first episode Wednesday tries in vain to escape from Nevermore, encounters a murderous monster, and attempts to avoid talking to her therapist, Dr. Valerie Kinbott (played by Erica Lindhome, aka Rikki from the music duo Garfunkel and Oates). She also learns that the sheriff of the local town has it in for her father, whom he claims is a murderer.

In future episodes I look forward to seeing some more of the school and how it all works, and hopefully seeing Wednesday make some friends and thrash some more bullies.

Wednesday is a funny, coming of age show, with a fresh new take on the Addams Family. I will continue to devour it with much enthusiasm.

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