Carmen Sandiego Season 1 [REVIEW]

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Edutainment | Network: Netflix | Director / Creator: Duana Capizi | Starring:  Gina RodriguezFinn WolfhardLiam O’Brien

Carmen Sandiego

Season 1, Episodes 1-9 

Rating: 🍿🍿🍿🍿🍿

Everybody asks “WHERE is Carmen Sandiego?”, but nobody asks “WHO is Carmen Sandiego?” The iconic woman in red returns for new international capers and a peek into her past. Featuring Gina Rodriguez as Carmen and Finn Wolfhard as Player.
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I am smitten with this show. I honestly could not get enough as I was introduced to new and old characters alike as we took a dive through nostalgia lane and into the life of Carmen Sandiego. Carmen Sandiego is Netflix’s latest kids animated series, that is a reboot of the multi-franchise that started almost over thirty years ago. Netflix’s adaption takes its own course of life for our world renown thief and ages her down to her youth where she is explained to have grown up in V.I.L.E a school for thieves with barely any recollection of where she came from; however as she grows older she realizes the true nature of the institution and goes rogue adopting the mission of taking down V.I.L.E and it’s operatives through the only way she knows best–thieving.
This adaption was such a ride of fun that I literally always forgot I was learning different things throughout, the animation is reminded me of an upgraded version of both Samaria Jack and Barbie Secret Agent–which I am not complaining about because I was hooked on those as a kid.
The first couple of episodes give light to how Carmen Sandiego became who she is known to be, something that has always been alluded to but never explained in the previous adaptions of the franchise. Each episode giving its viewers a look into who each character is and their purpose in the show. I found Carmen (Gina Rodriguez, Jane The Virgin) and the gang to be super fun and quirky each having their flaws and their strengths, but all of them determined to do whatever they can no matter what to help Carmen with each mission.
By episode three we are brought back to present day where each episode is a mission–a different caper–and a further look into the life of Carmen Sandiego, giving us glimpses to her shady and unknown past life. Through the supporting cast and vast knowledge that Carmen has obtained throughout her adolescents, viewers are given a chance to learn about the world and the beauty that lives inside of it, from geography to culture to marine biology, Carmen Sandiego never misses a chance to educate the masses while still keeping the audience hooked into the storyline.
Throughout the nine episodes I was continual impressed and giddy at the amount of empowered female representation this animated series gives to kids. Almost every person in power within the story line is a woman. Now if you have been following me for a while now, you would know I stan good female representation–well Carmen Sandiego is GREAT female representation. This show reminds young girls that you can be anyone and anything you want to be and that it’s doesn’t matter what your background is or where you have come from–you can still be a complete and total badass someday.
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Have you seen Netflix’s Carmen Sandiego Yet? If so, what did you think?



  1. Michelle

    January 25, 2019 at 11:47 am


    1. Michelle

      January 25, 2019 at 11:48 am

      OH I FOUND IT. Alright, I won’t be online all weekend byeeee

      1. sammers65

        January 25, 2019 at 11:50 am

        HHAHAHAHA YES GO FORTH AND WATCH GREATNESS! (each on is like 23 mins long and there are only nine episodes) BUT A TIME IS FREAKING HAD.

  2. Isabelle @ BookwyrmBites

    January 25, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    I’ve been super excited for this ever since I found out it existed (shoutout to Lupe & Fandom Fridays on BWT, lol) and I’m even more hyped to find out that it’s as awesome as the promo makes it look!

    1. sammers65

      January 25, 2019 at 12:22 pm

      I LOVE LUPE & BWT!!!! <3 <3 I heard about this from Gina's tweets, and then again over at Bookwyrming thoughts, so when it was released last week, I WAS HYPE. lol. Let me know if you watch it!

      1. Isabelle @ BookwyrmBites

        January 25, 2019 at 12:53 pm

        absolutely will do! 💖

  3. northernplunder

    January 25, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    … why haven’t i heard of this at all? it sounds liek a fun show for sure i’ll give it a chane after this movie!!

  4. TheCaffeinatedReader

    January 25, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    I’ve just seen it on our UK Netflix, and my immediate thought was ‘my spawn must watch this with me and relive my childhood in a new manner’

    1. sammers65

      January 28, 2019 at 10:33 am

      HAHAHAHAHA best comment ever! YES your spawn needs to watch the goldenness that is this show!

  5. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

    January 29, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    I am so glad you loved this! I legit grew up playing the computer game (loved it so much, especially because I lived in San Diego!) and she is just 90s ICONIC!

    1. sammers65

      February 1, 2019 at 9:44 am

      YAS! Carmen was my jam growing up, I literally wanted to be her when I grew up until my dad had to break it to me that she was a felon and he didn’t raise felons–my response, “but can I get the jacket though?” a time.

      1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

        February 1, 2019 at 3:28 pm

        How dare your dad crush your dreams!

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