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‘Warrior Nun’ is Netflix’s latest weird flight into the comic-book/fantasy genre

‘Warrior Nun’ is Netflix’s latest weird flight into the comic-book/fantasy genre

Netflix’s everything-and-the-kitchen-sink programming strategy includes taking flyers on concepts that border on the bizarre, and so it is with “Warrior Nun.” Inspired by Manga novels, this 10-episode series meanders a lot while offering a “Stranger Things”-type vibe, serving as a weird diversion that, on the road to goodness, doesn’t even get halfway there.

Although messing with religion can easily be a third rail — especially when potentially nefarious forces within the Vatican are involved — the premise is a little too fanciful to provoke outrage, with an ancient order of nuns devoted to fighting off demons, from the perspective of the wide-eyed innocent introduced into that world.

That would be 19-year-old Ava (Alba Baptista), who awakens in a morgue, having been revived by a divine, circle-shaped artifact that, in an act of desperation, has been embedded inside her. Ava is understandably mystified, and falls in with a group of friends that it becomes increasingly difficult to shield from the more supernatural aspects of her new existence.

The nuns possess an assortment of weapons and mad ninja-type skills, but much like “The Matrix,” Ava is essentially the chosen one by virtue of her powers, even if she can’t control them, and doesn’t exhibit much interest in saving the world despite those seeking to guide her.

Ava’s exalted status produces friction within the group — work jealousies are everywhere, even when it’s nuns fighting computer-generated demons — and the details of her backstory, and how she died, gradually dribble out over the first-season run.

“Dribble out,” alas, is a pretty good description of the series in general, which features a mostly nondescript assortment of characters, among them Joaquim de Almeida as a cardinal in the Catholic Church with oversight of the order, who clashes with the priest (Tristan Ulloa) leading it, fueling speculation about his motives.

“Warrior Nun” is only the latest series of its kind to land on Netflix, following “Altered Carbon” and “The Witcher” and in advance of the July 17 premiere of “Cursed,” derived from a reimagining of the Arthurian legend by Thomas Wheeler and comic-book legend Frank Miller, starring “13 Reasons Why’s” Katherine Langford.

Such genre fare obviously attracts an avid subset of subscribers, but when it’s as silly as this, tends to have limited appeal beyond those pews.

“Warrior Nun” inches along just enough to potentially draw you through the season, wondering where it will end up. Beyond that, when it comes to making a case for more, well, let’s just say Ava isn’t the only one living on a prayer.

“Warrior Nun” premieres July 2 on Netflix.

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When the music video for Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s first collab dropped Friday, one revelation left fans stunned: Kylie Jenner.

The music video for “WAP” features the two rappers luxuriating in a huge, pastel-toned mansion — strutting down hallways and dancing with cheetahs.

About halfway in, the music stops and is replaced by the sound of clicking heels. The camera zooms in on the edge of a cheetah-print gown and slowly moves up. Anticipation is built. Then, it is revealed: Jenner, who says nothing in the video yet warrants a 25-second pause.

Many fans, it seems, were not exactly thrilled — so much so that a petition to remove Jenner from the video has already received more than 33,000 signatures in less than 24 hours.

The description of the petition gets right to the point: “The video was perfect until we saw K and I wanted to throw my phone.”

On person took matters into her own hands, editing Jenner’s part out of the video and uploading it onto Twitter, where it has almost 300,000 views.

Jenner isn’t the only cameo in the “WAP” video. Artists like Normani, Mulatto, Sukihana and Rubi Rose are given cameos toward the end, in an effort to uplift fellow female musicians.

The problem many have with Jenner’s appearance is rooted in her history of what’s been coined as “blackfishing,” an attempt at mimicking the look and style of Black women. Just this year, Jenner posted a photo of herself on Twitter in a long, curly blonde wig with noticeably darker skin.

“When will your family be done cosplaying Black women?” one user bluntly asked.

Her appearance has become so denounced that Betty White began trending on Twitter in an effort to have White replace Jenner in the video.

But regardless of some fans’ opinion of Jenner, the video has been a hit, garnering 21 million views on YouTube in less than 24 hours.

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