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Anyone watched Shadow and Bone yet? I'm not familiar with the books it's based on but it seems to be a fairly entertaining YA fantasy story, if a bit predictable and by-the-numbers so far. But I've been in the mood for some genre TV so I've been enjoying it.
I'm nearly done, but I realized Varney was more important than he appeared the very moment I realized he was Malcolm McDowell, and Malcolm McDowell would not play Varney the VampireSo I finished Castlevania Season 4 and honestly, marked improvement over Season 3. It still has a few missteps, the first few episodes kind of meander a bit, but the last few episodes are a real trip and appreciate them making the entire last episode an epilogue with no action, just finishing some stories and setting up new ones.
Seems like they learned from the mistakes and criticisms of Season 3, Alucard is not nearly as mopey and Trevor and Sypha find new purpose rather quickly, even if it's one they absolutely hate (stopping Drac's resurrectiion), even Hector seems to be in a better place than the end of Season 3 left him, though both him and Isaac still seem to have the most disconnected plots overall. But we do get a reprise of my favorite Isaac scene from S3, his conversation with Flyeyes, and they have another chat where Isaac seems to be interrogating himself as much as the monster. I can't say if Isaac's weird, stupid journey was worth it in the end, but his big climactic episode is an absolute banger.
Then there's the return of Saint Germain, who is still a much more interesting character than most of the main cast, even if this time around he takes a villainous turn for very silly reasons. Bill Nighy is definitely doing the heavy lifting when it comes to making his character compelling, and at the very least by the end of the season he's come back around and evenends up sacrificing his life to put an end to the Dracula/Lisa homunculus (and boy is THAT a thing that needs to be analyzed eventually) and saves Trevor's life as his last act so that was good all around.
The big reveal of the baddie behind everything, though, is not something I'm going to spoil here, even under tags. It's something that'll make you go 'Ooohhhhh!' when you realize one important element of the Castlevania mythology has been missing until now, but even if you guess that much ahead of time the way it's revealed is still great.
The very last scene, though, is a bit of a puzzler. What with a newly resurrected Drac and Lisa, apparently, checking into an inn for some alone time. I guess when Saint Germain exploded the Elizadrac homunculus it kept them both alive somehow? So now the series ends with Drac being resurrected but instead of being hellbent on killing all of humanity he's now this chill dude traveling the countryside with his hot wife? Honestly, good for him.