Carmen Sandiego Season 1 [REVIEW]
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Edutainment | Network: Netflix | Director / Creator: Duana Capizi | Starring: Gina Rodriguez, Finn Wolfhard, Liam O’Brien
Season 1, Episodes 1-9
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.
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.
Have you seen Netflix’s Carmen Sandiego Yet? If so, what did you think?