10 Reasons Why Syfy’s Vagrant Queen Should Be on Your Radar
For me, Syfy’s latest space romp and celestial underdog Vagrant Queen has provided a means of escape where I only need cross a televised threshold to find a galaxy rife with neon colors and whimsy aplenty. Corny jokes. A catchy, just-get-up-and-dance soundtrack. Not to mention, charming characters worth rooting for.
Below, I’ve compiled a list of 10 reasons why Vagrant Queen should be on your radar. Peruse at your peril.
It’s LGBTQIA+ Friendly
Representation is vital and something we desperately need in our media. We live in a diversified, multicultural world. Why not convey that in what we watch? Vagrant Queen has not one, but two LGBTQIA+ lead protagonists.
When we first meet Amae (Alex McGregor), she’s in the throes of passion with another woman. No one makes a fuss over it. Not even one remark regarding her sexuality. It just is what it is. Elida (Adriyan Rae) and Amae are clearly attracted to each other and we see their romance organically develop over the course of the season.
It’s refreshing to see a series lead who’s not in a heterosexual relationship. Here’s hoping more TV shows follow suit with this approach.
Features an LGBTQIA+ Black Female Lead
Elida is an LGBTQIA+ Black female lead. I can’t think of any other show, genre or not, that can boast such an achievement. It doesn’t feel overtly “politically correct” or forced. Why? Because there’s plenty of Black women in the LGBTQIA+ community in real life.
Elida’s groundbreaking existence is laying waste to the proverbial glass ceiling in the best way possible. Vagrant Queen is ensuring that we’re privy to a colorful galaxy akin to our own colorful world.
It’s Campy and Chock Full of Cheese
Do you like campy shows? Cheesy, sinfully corny japes? Vagrant Queen possesses the aforementioned in spades. I’m a strong advocate for “dad jokes,” and this series delivers on that front.
Not only that, they aren’t high-brow, soar-over-your-head wisecracks. Just plain, good ol’ corny one-liners that your dad would spout without provocation at the dinner table.
It’s Guardians of the Galaxy Meets Farscape
Hooked on a feeling! If Guardians of the Galaxy and Farscape made love, Vagrant Queen would be the result of said lovemaking. Vagrant Queen has all the razzle-dazzle of Guardians and very similar visuals to Farscape. It has intriguing, unique creatures you won’t see anywhere else.
While Vagrant Queen‘s VFX aren’t top-notch by any stretch of the imagination, that’s also part of its illustrious charm. It’s a sci-fi saga that’s more focused on providing audiences with a story instead of an exclusively visual feast for the eyes.
I’m a simple gal – I see Tim Rozon, I watch Tim Rozon. If you’re a fan of Wynonna Earp (specifically Rozon’s contribution), you’ll love Vagrant Queen. To be honest, I initially tuned in for Rozon and stayed for everything (and everyone) else.
Rozon’s Isaac is a hapless dolt with nary a violent bone in his body – quite the opposite from his Wynonna Earp character, which just proves how versatile he is as a performer. Of course, Rozon’s innate effervescent charm still shines through with his portrayal of Isaac.
Stellar Fight Choreography
Vagrant Queen executes its fight choreography in a manner I’ve never seen in TV before. Remember The Matrix? Well, Vagrant Queen took a page from The Matrix‘s book by slowing down certain sequences during a fight scene.
You’ll see Elida delivering a powerful blow to an enemy in slow-motion and then suddenly the scene recommences normal speed for the rest of that maneuver. It injects something different and manages to keep these action sequences fresh and interesting.
You know what they say: steal from the best and make it your own. Vagrant Queen‘s witty one-liners are reminiscent of Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s clever dialogue. In fact, in the first scene of the pilot episode, we see Elida doling out punches while attempting to craft the perfect bad-guy-crushing one-liner.
Everyone is sassy and not afraid to show it. I enjoy it, but that could be due to my own intrinsic sassiness. The sass ain’t for everyone.
Intricate and Solidified Show Mythology
Vagrant Queen boasts a fascinating universe rife with intricacies and a solidified mythology. Of course, we have Vagrant Queen‘s comic book creators Magdalene Visaggio and Jason Smith (illustrator) to thank for that. Visaggio and Smith are also heavily involved with Vagrant Queen‘s TV adaptation, so you can expect immense accuracy throughout.
Science fiction should whisk us away to a universe that vastly differs from our own but still manages to bolster relatable characters and truthful representations of who we are. If you’re interested in getting your feet wet with the Vagrant Queen comic books, then mosey on over here to find out how you can read the first issue for free!
Doesn’t Take Itself Too Seriously
Now, Vagrant Queen doesn’t take itself too seriously. I despise shows that present themselves to be these deep, masterful works of art and are almost too self-aware in that regard. Of course, this doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy brilliant, smart TV. But Vagrant Queen is all about having fun. It’s whimsy personified. Sometimes it’s nice to just sit back, shut off the brain, and simply enjoy a story.
Lots of Heart + the Power of Resilience = Vagrant Queen
Vagrant Queen‘s Elida is a strong, resilient protagonist. Her romance with Amae and friendship with Isaac provided fuel for her mission as she embarked on a journey to find her mother and save her kingdom from tyranny.
Elida never once faltered in her resolve throughout said journey. She overcame any and all obstacles looming in her path no matter how formidable they seemed. Not to mention, Vagrant Queen is chock full of heart. It’s filled to the brim with aww-inducing moments that’ll melt your cold, blackened heart.
Well, that’s all I wrote! Have you watched Vagrant Queen yet? If so, what are your thoughts?
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