This is the first article formatted media review, and it is going to be focused on a show that isn’t out yet. Hexer is a webseries just being created right now so we are going to attempt to review it while giving no spoilers, and having only read the script for the pilot. So in summation, this is sure to be an interesting review.
Hexer is a webseries about a world in which every twenty-five years a “Hexer” is chosen, a woman who is given the power of blood magic and made to help the global community with that power. And we begin the show with a man being chosen as the next Hexer, Reuben Krail who is a bisexual man who has no idea what being a Hexer will do to his life.
In the pilot, we are introduced to a lovable band of people who are brought together by this incident and by their association with Reuben and the Hexer community. Included in this group is delightfully sweet Poppy Syed, the intense and impressive Sarah Langley, and the darling almost frat boy Len Woodshed. These are of course not all of the characters but these four stood out most in the script of the Pilot, which gave them all unique voices and a charm about them that flows throughout the pages. While they are not all given as much screen time as one would wish that only enhances the intrigue of the show, while also making the next episode something one is sure will be worth the wait, even if only to see if they can keep up such a spell as you learn more about the characters.
And beyond the inherent likability of the characters, we also see a wide range of representation, not only in queer representation, but in ethnicity, and gender. We are given more than a grocery list of representation meant to check off each box, but also complex and interesting characters who are not meant to represent an entire group of people but just represent themselves and their story. Giving representation to different communities while also not suggesting that their narratives are the only ones that need to be told. Each has an interesting and in-depth backstory which is enhanced by the characters' diversity, not hindered by it. It feels in no way like any character is a token meant only to show that the showrunners know that those communities exist, they just show a diverse and varied friend group that one could find in the real world.
While we cannot give you too many details as to the plot it can be said that the plot is similar to that of Buffy the Vampire Slayers, which used magical events as a vehicle for showing interpersonal relationships. But in this show, the magical events don’t come off as cliche or a clunky afterthought, but just another seamless aspect of the show, smoothing the way for us to learn more about the world as well as the characters.
Having only read the script for the pilot we can not unerringly predict what will happen with this project but we can recommend it to anyone who wants to watch a show with queer characters and an interesting plot.