I don’t think we’re in Neverland anymore…
When I saw that a series was debuting featuring dark and twisted retellings of fairy tales I made a sound in my excitement that defies human description. That is my JAM! Fairy tale adaptions have gotten popular in recent years but this went way beyond our usual suspects to include characters and stories that aren’t always remembered, but are near and dear to my heart. Our first sinister tale is Venom by Dee Garcia which has cast childhood favorites Peter, Tink and Captain Hook in a tragic love/hate triangle.
Our full-size fairy shares many traits with her animated counter-part such as her overwhelming adoration of Peter Pan. But unlike the hero we are used too, Ms. Dee’s version of Peter is a social outcast who has won no favors with the locals. Peter and Tink share a secret relationship that leaves her overwhelmed and conflicted about her feelings. Peters sudden disappearance throws her into a tailspin and Ms. Dee captures the transition from denial to grief to hopelessness in a way that tugs your heartstrings from your chest. In her desperation she makes a jarring decision that she hopes will end her misery.
Enter Hook stage left.
He has been admiring Tink from afar, being one of the few to know about her relationship with Peter. Once she takes a flying leap towards a path that may not be what she anticipated he steps in to be the hero she didn’t know she needed.
As she adjusts to her new normal there is some resentment she must overcome before she can fully accept her future without Peter. Hook helps her come to terms with a new way of life and appeases her need to get closure before she can move on, and as they work together a bond forms neither can deny.
The ending though… that freaking ENDING!! Fair warning, It’s not for the faint of heart. There is a shocking twist that I couldn’t have guessed with a hundred chances. It’s always a good day when a girl gets the last word with her Ex. And in a turn of events that sets my heart a flutter it looks like we have a SEQUEL in the works!
This tale was the opening act for a series that is guaranteed to put us through the ringer in the best possible way. If this was any indication of what’s to come I will be one-clicking my heart out from now until the last one releases! 5 Stars!