Thank god for that… Apart from the blasphemous segue, Warrior Nun as a series may have been canned but it will continue a series of films. So at least we can take the lesson that b****ing on Twitter can actually work on the very rare occasions Netflix bothers to listen to fans. Anyway, with the film revival hopefully on the way soon, what better time to look back at the best episodes from the show’s run? Before I get into the list properly, here is some history about the show.
Warrior Nun first debuted on Netflix in the cursed era in July 2020 and ran for two seasons of 10 episodes until November 2022. And yes, this was during Netflix cancelling half their back catalogue of shows because of low viewership so thankfully Warrior Nun didn’t meet the same fate as Lockwood and Co. Anyway, while it was eventually adapted into a show, initially plans were similar to what they are now: a feature film. The show follows Ava, a young girl who dies, but is brought back to life by the Halo (a literal Angel’s Halo) and gets trained by the order of the Cruciform Sword, an order of demon hunting nuns. Seriously, how Netflix cancelled this is beyond me? Anyway with the history out of the way here are the best episodes of Warrior Nun ranked.
10. Revelation 2:10 (Season 1, Episode 10)
Well, in a lovely little bit we’re starting the best Warrior Nun episodes with the series 1 finale: Revelation 2:10. Now what makes this episode good? Well, mostly how it lives up to the title and has some shocking revelations for the series. Most notably about the origins of the Halo (that’s a bit of REACH) and a possibly not so shocking revelation about Father Vincent. Well I mean surely a religious figure with a mysterious past couldn’t possibly be involved with anything sinister. Overall, the season finale brings all the storylines to a head, with high-stakes battles and emotional moments.
9. 2 Corinthians 10:4 (Season 1, Episode 9)
Ironically, there’s a good few revelations in this episode too. Once again, they revolve around Ava and the Halo as the nuns begin their mission to infiltrate the Vatican and destroy holy relics. However, series 1’s main villain Cardinal Duretti (the same guy who plays Reyes in Fast Five) sends his own forces to stop them. On top of all this, there’s Lilith who seems to have her own agenda as it takes everything the Nuns have to persuade her to not kill Ava. And oh there’s the small matter of what Ava finds in the vault which sets up the finale. Again, a solid episode which ramps up the action as Ava and her allies fight to stop the apocalypse.
8. Psalms 116:15 (Season 2, Episode 7)
Well the Order of the Cruciform Sword have a job on their hands in this episode. So what makes this episode good? Well, there’s plenty of near deaths which serve to motivate characters. Like Mother Superion who is revived by Ava because she is clearly close enough to the main cast to have plot armour. Also, this is a great episode as it shows how ironically there’s not that much faith amongst the still kind of scattered Order. There’s also a weird bit about the demon, Adriel, using tattoos to try and take over the world which is odd but certainly a unique method of world domination as well as praying. I mean no one ever said the demon’s plan was still a bit convoluted. Again as the second season nears its conclusion, Ava and her allies face their most formidable adversary yet.
7. Proverbs 14:1 (Season 1, Episode 8)
Now in no way is this episode Marxist but ignoring the part about angel bones, this episode does make some interesting points about the Church. Basically, it’s revealed the Vatican are keeping the angel Adriel’s bones in order to maintain people’s need for the church and religion. Wow, that escalated very quickly… Anyway, there’s plenty of other mad plot points like Vincent’s past life as an enforcer and Ava’s declaration about her status as the warrior nun. Overall, that’s the biggest upside to this episode as it contains significant revelations about the history of the Order and the origins of the Warrior Nuns.
6. Isaiah 40:31 (Season 2, Episode 6)
Well, speaking of the Devil there’s a lot of exposition in this episode. Mostly it revolves around Adriel talking about his rather convoluted plan. This involves killing Duretti in order to hinder the nuns. And that doesn’t even account for a nice moment between Mother Superion and Ava. This sees the former explains how arrogance can often be the downfall of the Halo Bearer. And in a shocking twist, Father Vincent might be having second thoughts about betraying the Order for Adriel. Overall, the biggest positive of this episode is how it explores the consequences of the group’s actions and the ongoing struggle against evil forces.
5. Galatians 6:4 – 5 (Season 2, Episode 1)
The second season kicks off with new challenges and threats for the Warrior Nuns. And these threats include the now released Adriel who is wrecking all of the Order’s business as well as a much weaker Duretti who still refuses to take a stance on the fact a demon is now running amok on Earth. Also, naturally the Order is split across Europe after the events of the Series finale. With most of them struggling to work out how to fight back. Overall, a solid reintroduction to the world of Warrior Nun.
4. Isaiah 30:20-21 (Season 1, Episode 6)
Isaiah that was a good episode. Regardless of whether that pun actually works, this is a very good episode. Mostly because it focuses on the two best characters in Series 1: Ava and Mary. Whilst they’re filming a tourism ad for Spain, both of them stop in a village and help a villager who’s been possessed by a demon. Also, there’s a very slight will she/won’t she as Mary offers Ava the choice of striking out on her own or rejoining the order. This is a pretty good episode as it offers some great emotional backstory for Ava and Mary. I guess Mother Mary came for Ava….
3. Ecclesiasticus 26:9-10 (Season 1, Episode 4)
This episode sees Ava desperately trying to run away from fate until it finally catches up with her. How does it catch up? Well, when Ava realises the slightly vindictive sister, Frances, killed her she imagines that she’ll do the same to her childhood friend, Diego. And it probably says a lot about me that I thought of Diego from Ice Age. Besides that cathartic moment, there’s also a neat revelation about the power of the Halo. On top of Sisters Shannon and Mary fighting over Ava’s right to have the Halo. Overall, a solid episode which sees tensions within the group start to surface.
2. Proverbs 31:25 (Season 1, Episode 2)
Well, talk about not fitting in anywhere… After her new ‘friends’ get her into a high class party, things go very south for Ava. Mostly because of the demon attack. Only for Father Vincent and the Order to save her and then capture her because of the Halo. This episode also does a great job establishing the tensions between mysterious corporation ArqTech and The Church over the former’s use of holy relics. And it definitely doesn’t hint at Duretti’s sinister motivations at all, which is another positive. Another great episode which delves deeper into the characters and the mysteries surrounding the Order of the Cruciform Sword.
1. Psalm 46:5 (Season 1, Episode 1)
And the best Warrior Nun episode is….. The first ever episode. Yep, ending at the start. It’s really kind of poetic isn’t it? So, what makes this episode the best? Well it obviously introduces viewers to the world of the Warrior Nuns and sets the stage for the main storyline. There’s the great opening which sees the Nuns in retreat after an ambush by holy weapon wielding mercenaries. Also, let’s not forget how it develops Ava as she starts to realise there may be something special about her when sees red mist at a party after her resurrection. Overall, a very very good episode which sets the stage well for what is to come.