Television Review: A Discovery of Witches
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Brilliant historian Diana Bishop is a witch denying her own heritage. But when she unexpectedly calls up an ancient, bewitched manuscript, she finds herself thrown into the heart of a dangerous mystery – and into the path of the enigmatic geneticist and vampire Matthew Clairmont.
Rating: Not Rated
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Running Time: 60 mins
Directors: Alice Troughton, Sarah Walker, Juan Carlos Medina, Darren Blackburn
Staring: Matthew Goode, Teresa Palmer
Production Company: Bad Wolf
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The best way to discribe this amazing show would be a British Twilight that is like 1000x better than Twilight.
A Discovery of Witches is a fantasy series based on the similarly-named novel of the "All Souls" trilogy, written by Deborah Harkness. We meet Diana (Witch) at her trip to Oxford where she is working on a paper to be published. Having the paper published would land her tenure. She's able to retrieve a book that has been lost for centuries. Matthew (Vampire) has been trying to gain access to the book to be able to answer why vampires are on the decline and their origin story. Diana claims she never uses her power but Matthew is quick to point out that she is and just doesn't know it.
Very well developed. I was able to get back stories, why they are doing what they do, and even the chance to fall in love with Matthew. Whose not usually my type but when you get to know him you can't help but understand what Diana sees in him. I love that you are able to know who the villain is even though there are demons, vampires, and witches throughout. It rings very true with the current worlds views in a lot of cases of segregation and the demand from people that others should co-mingle. Here the leads throw their relationship in their face and don't care about the consequences.
So many woman, so little time! This show is really good at hitting all the points of female representation. We have the lead as a woman that is highly educated and a professor to boot. She was raised by her aunt and her wife... yeah more woman. There is a bit of a little petty rivalry when another teacher isn't offered tenure so she starts to go behind Diana's back to report to the higher ups that she is hanging out with a vampire. I mean come on. Stop being petty ladies.
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Watch it. Watch it now. It has everything that you want in fantasy with out being too supernatural. Like watch the entire series in one go. You'll route for these two love birds and their approach to going against the rules of witches and vampires.