Out of The Order's Ashes, Netflix Finds The Imperfects

Italia Ricci as Siobhan Smythe (a.k.a. the villain Silver Banshee) from Supergirl season one.
Italia Ricci as Siobhan Smythe (a.k.a. the villain Silver Banshee) from Supergirl season one.
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The streaming giant may have canceled the well-regarded The Order last November, but it isn’t done with the show’s creators by a long shot. Netflix has announced The Imperfects, a new sci-fi series from the same team.

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Not to be confused with Netflix’s other similarly named recent series The Irregulars, the Hollywood Reporter says The Imperfects has been picked up for 10 episodes on the streamer. The titular Imperfects are a group of 20-somethings who have been turned into monsters by a classically mad scientist (played by Australian comedian Rhys Nicholson) who thinks he’s ushering in human’s next evolution with experimental gene therapy.

Italia Ricci (who played Silver Banshee on Supergirl) will take on the lead role of Dr. Sydney Burke, who hopes to atone for her role in the experiment by helping the aforementioned 20-somethings Abbi (Charmed’s Rhianna Jagpal),  Tilda (Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’s Morgan Taylor Campbell), and Juan (Who Killed Sara?’s Iñaki Godoy) find the scientist to become human again. Netflix also gave us a peek at each of the characters as well as the folkloric creatures that inspire their powers.

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The Irish spirits known as banshees have a shout that can shatter glass and deafen people; succubi, of course, are infamous for seducing men and effectively dominating their minds. Chupacabras, which have reportedly been seen from Russia to Maine, are known as blood-drinking monsters who primarily attack farm animals. My gut tells me that The Imperfects will stick to the more superhero-esque versions of these monsters, so that Tilda will have the same superpower as DC Comics’ Black Canary instead of keening to signify someone’s death, and that Abbi will be able to beguile men á la Poison Ivy instead of draining their life essence through repeated sexual activity. As for the powers of a Chupacabra... I’m not exactly sure, unless Juan’s going to get some vampiric powers to go along with the blood-drinking.

If you liked The Order, The Imperfects will have the same showrunner, Dennis Heaton, and writer, Shelley Eriksen, who will both executive-produce. It’s much, much too early to know anything else about the series, especially a release date, but Netflix has given The Imperfects a straight-to-season, 10-episode order, so it definitely has some serious confidence in the project.

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DISCUSSION

Damn. I missed the news that Netflix canceled The Order. That show was surprisingly charming and I was looking forward to more.