TRESE SERIES REVIEW
In a world where the monsters of folklore live openly in the light of day, a delicate balance between them and humankind is maintained by a sole magic wielder, Alexandra Trese, a private detective specializing in crimes involving the supernatural. However, when the mayor of Manila is discovered to be involved in an aswang (shape-shifters) human trafficking ring, forces are set in motion that reveal there may be far more to Trese’s legacy than she was ever told. Based on the award-winning Filipino komik series, Mindy, Jena, and Robert investigate whether this Netflix anime ultimately wears the Greek mask of comedy or tragedy. Either way, it’s gonna be gory. So, drink some dragon’s blood, and enter the portal to their review here.
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CREATED BY: Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo
STARRING: English: Shay Mitchell, Griffin Puatu, Matt Yang King, Jon Jon Briones, Carlos Alazraqui, Nicole Scherzinger, Manny Jacinto, Dante Basco, Eric Bauza, Steve Blum, Darren Criss, Lou Diamond Phillips
Mindy Rast-Keenan (Screener Squad, Highly Suspect Reviews)
Having grown up in Nairobi, Kenya, and being very disappointed at the lack of riding elephants her cartoons had promised her, Mindy spends the majority of her time as a film, theater, and voice over actress in the Austin, Texas area. They still give her money for being on HBO that one time, with her name in the credits spelled wrong. A nerdy geek, this award-winning actress joined One of Us figuring she’d put her summa cum laude BFA acting degree to good use…by judging other people’s acting. In the few seconds she gets to herself, Mindy bakes for charity, knits eccentric plushies, plays original RPG’s with her gamemaster husband, and spends time with her soulmate, Batman.
Jena Perry (Screener Squad)
Jena Perry. Aka Luna. Aka Dion. Aka Memori. Aka Dog whisperer. Aka whiskey connoisseur. As you can see, depending on when you met this Oakland, California native, you have experienced a completely different person, each time. After finally deciding on a 13+year career choice as a Videographer and Radio Personality, Jena balances her time between pursuing her Doctorate in Philosophy, providing insightful and funny critiques on films and Television, raising her daughter and dog in Ohio, and constantly fighting off the existential dread that is being a dope black woman in America in the 20th century.
Robert Garza (Screener Squad)
If it weren’t for sad music and scary stories I wouldn’t be as well-adjusted and cheerful as I am today. Moonlighting as a musician off and on since adolescence, I am as big a fan of scores and needle drops as I am of slow zooms, production design, and third act exposition. Just about all of my screen time is spent on international horror, drama, and hour long episodic. Big fan of genre, and the biggest fan of supernatural horror and dark sci-fi with meaningful representation and narratives that use trauma, grief, and grace as more than surface-level content. Also, I read a ton of modern horror novels/comics and stan Matt Berry. In the before times I worked music and film festivals across the US and will hopefully return to that sometime in the future.
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