In which Jenn lists our hosts’ choices of favorite adaptations based on non-English source materials.
Television is in the air this March and the Adaptation staff have been watching these killer shows. What have you been up to?
For March, I have been rewatching (for about the 100th time) the animated TV series W.I.T.C.H. Yes, I said animated–don’t judge me. It is based on an Italian comic book series of the same name, and it is one of my all-time favorite cartoons. W.I.T.C.H. is about five teenage girls–Will, Irma, Taranee, Cornelia, and Hay Lin–who are chosen to be the new guardians of the Veil, which is a magical barrier separating Earth from the evil land of Meridian. As guardians, they gain powers over the five elements so that they can protect the universe from evil forces. It’s a really good series that can appeal to audiences of all ages; it’s funny–really funny, sometimes–and it has a great diverse cast of characters. Plus, the voice actors for these characters are probably among the best I’ve ever heard–they really make the characters come alive!
Grantchester is a detective drama set in a 1950s Cambridgeshire village of Grantchester near Cambridge, where local Anglican vicar Sidney Chambers (James Norton) develops a sideline in sleuthing—with the initially reluctant help of grumpy Detective Inspector Geordie Keating (Robson Green). The series is based on The Grantchester Mysteries books written by James Runcie. Series 1 is based on stories from the first book in the series Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death. It is griping, full of great characters and plots and everything you would hope for in a Masterpiece Mystery (BBC show), in a world where the wounds WWII are still fresh and it is hard to find their way back in a ‘normal’ world.
I have finished Season 1 of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and am caught up with season two, waiting patiently for each weekly episode. Guys, this one is one of the funniest new sitcoms I have watched for a while. It tells of a police precinct in Brooklyn with some hilarious and interesting characters. The steadfast and straight-laced police chief who never smiles but delivers the funniest lines with a perfectly straight face, the constantly wisecracking detective, the big, buff but tenderhearted Assistant Chief…seriously, it’s hilarious. In fact, Andy Samburg, who plays Detective Peralta (the lead guy) just won an award for best actor in a sitcom because of this role.
That’s it for us this month, but be sure to leave your own recommendations in the comments!