Even angels need therapy.
Avant-Guardians is a 7 episode series of therapy sessions between Razz, a guardian angel assigned to the future 3rd black president of the US, and Dr. Hanniel, a millennia old arch angel. Razz has been told she has to go to therapy, and Dr. Hanniel is trying to lead her through the process of becoming a better guardian to her human, and maybe even a better angel. A tall order, when Razz is basically a millennial angel who alternately thinks she’s doing great and then is a total failure.
So, what inspires someone to stand on the edge of blasphemy for laughs? From the webseries’ creator, Alesia Etinoff: I wanted to comment on the state of society — the racist, sexist, trans/homophobic trauma in everyday life, but from a perspective that was seemingly removed, yet invested, like one would imagine a guardian angel is.
In that, Alesia succeeded. This webseries is hilarious, touching, emotional and contemplative in turns. It will also remind you that it’s important to moisture, kids.
I thoroughly enjoyed this series. Everything from the set design, to costuming, to acting was on point. If I’m feeling particularly nit-picky, I’d probably grumble a bit about how I’d have liked to get a little more information on the good doctor… she obviously had stories she could tell if she were the type to tell.
Mood Rating: Get out of your head by getting into Razz’s head… then get stuck in your own head again, wondering what your guardian angel calls you.
Linda, AKA TAGG herself, loves great music and terrible movies. Find her being geeky on Twitter @ThatLFM