What happens when you mix the period drama of Mad Men, the girl power of Charmed, and the comic book exploits of Heroes?
The extraordinary animal that is The True Heroines.
Set in the early 1950s, the web series follows the adventures of three unassuming housewives who possess a startling secret - they each have superpowers.
Granted special abilities by a mysterious corporation years earlier, these women served as agents and spies during World War II.
Since the end of the war, they find themselves being hunted by the very entity responsible for their superhuman gifts.
As the series opens, we are introduced to Pearl Andrews (Fiona Vroom), Margie Hepburn (Jovanna Huguet), and Dottie Rodriguez (Paula Giroday), a trio of best friends who are attempting to build normal lives in the picturesque town of New Paradise Hill.
However, their attempt at normalcy is interrupted by sinister forces intent on finding them.
The experience of watching The True Heroines was like feeling a cool breeze on an arid day. The series succeeds in taking full advantage of its unique premise. Take a look at the series trailer:
First, the on-screen chemistry between the three stars is palpable. So it wasn't a big surprise to discover these women are not only friends in real life, but also are the performers of their own successful cabaret in Canada.
The ladies incorporate their alluring dance skills into the project in a logical way that makes complete sense to the plot.
Next, the production does a remarkable job overcoming the chief challenge for any period piece - recreating a believable bygone era. The gorgeous costumes, authentic props (where did they find all those classic cars?!), and dialogue contemporary to the period combine to transport you back in time.
Finally, the cinematography is magnificent, including 1940s flashback scenes partially filmed in graceful black-and-white. The visual effects showing the heroines' powers in action are very well done.
If you are looking for speculative entertainment with a unique perspective, engaging world, and engrossing plot, The True Heroines is just what the doctor ordered.
To view the complete, six episode first season, visit the official series YouTube channel.
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