The first VerveGirl webseries I’ve watched was the first season of Carmilla. I binge watched it throughout a short two days, and quickly fell in love with it. Like its forerunner MsLabelled, it is headlined by a quirky, fairly-innocent young adult trying to survive in a new environments that might be more dangerous than how it looked like…. also, vampires. It might be confusing for me to jump to review season two rather than stopping for season one first, but see this as a joint review of the two.
The first season of Carmilla is a story about Laura, a sophomore student in Silas University who decided to investigate the sudden disappearance of her roommate. Exasperated by the lack of concern by those around her, her unwavering moral compass was the heart of this show. However her world turned for the more complicated path as soon as she was reassigned to a new roommate, Carmilla, who might or might not been involved in the missing students…
But it didn’t feel like a shock value, not the plot twist that left you reeling, instead I felt like I was just cheated from a wonderful storyline that could’ve been done a lot better.
The second season of Carmilla is about Laura and the gang dealing about the aftermath of what they had done after killing the Dean of Students in the end of the previous season. There’s many of ongoing, unresolved plotlines that happened in the second season, but perhaps the most pivotal was the murder of students who was in the newspaper clubs, and how it complicated further by the war between Summer Society and the Zetas, and also member of the school’s council involvement in the story.
As I was the lover of the season one of Carmilla, which fast paced storyline with occasional filler episodes was a joy to go through two sittings, I found myself to be very disappointed with the second season of the show. As the relationship between Carmilla and Laura progressed, the first episodes felt like a several minutes served to service fans rather than something substantial to the plot. I was willing to give the show a chance until the end—but it wasn’t until the very end that I was again, immersed to what I was watching, like what I felt in the first season.
Until the twist-that-is-not-really-a-twist at the end, it felt like the show was trying to scatter off foreshadowing and plot hints, but the trick quickly turned against it as soon as it felt like it was concentrating more to surprising the watcher rather than telling the story. At the end of the season, I felt annoyed. There was so many of unresolved and/or abandoned plotlines that was being severed just to serve the plot twist at a shock value. But it didn’t feel like a shock value, not the plot twist that left you reeling, instead I felt like I was just cheated from a wonderful storyline that could’ve been done a lot better.
The last bad thing about the second season is how vague they were getting with the plots. As the first season, the transmedia (twitter in-character account served to add more things to the plotline, also to hint upcoming episodes) account was a great addition to the show. However, in the first season, it felt like it was a storytelling device rather than an addition. A person would find it hard to understand what was going on in the show without reading the in-character twitter account. Which is bad. The accounts were supposed to be an additional features to the story—in a way, it was like a novella, a 1.5 book in a series you were reading on—but instead the second season relied more at it in the story rather than the webseries itself.
I felt like the show could have done a lot better with the second season. I felt like the show still had a lot of potentials. Will I be watching season three? I will. Is there a chance it might be worse than this season? Maybe. But right now, season two would be the biggest disappointment from the show.
You can catch the second season of Carmilla at VerveGirlTV.