Siempre Bruja (Always A Witch): Season 1, Episode 2 “A University Witch” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)

Carmen levitating while sleeping.
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While Lucien remains to be seen, and Ninibé is still AWOL, Carmen stalks Alicia and someone discovers her truth.


Network
Netflix
Director(s) Liliana Bocanegra
Writer(s) Ana Maria Parra, Diego Vicanco
Air Date 2/1/2019
Introduced This Episode
Daniel Duban Prado
Alicia Sofia Araujo
Johnny Ki Dylan Duentes
Adelaida Constanza Duque

In Need Of Friends: Alicia, Carmen, Daniel

As you can imagine, being 100s of years from all and who you’ve known is taxing. Hence why, with Ninibe gone, possibly dead, Carmen tries to investigate Alicia to see if she is friend or foe. After all, she is one of the few Carmen saw Ninibe interact with before she disappeared. However, Alicia pushes the idea she knows nothing, or at least is as untrusting of Carmen as Carmen doesn’t trust her.

However, this changes when Carmen tries to help a situation Alicia has. You see, a guy she randomly hooked up with, who is very possessive, and has a video of them having sex, is trying to blackmail her. So, Carmen tries to help by producing a potion to make him forget about her. But, Alicia doesn’t follow instructions and no sooner does she think she is out of the woods, her step brother Daniel reveals her sex tape was sent to everybody.

I Know What You Are: Johnny Ki, Adelaida, Carmen

Finding a friend isn’t Carmen’s only issue this episode. She is also dealing with the fact she has no money and could potentially be homeless. Luckily, Adelaida is willing to let Carmen stay and help around her hostel. Also, Carmen is luckily enough to be in her room from the 1600s – which still has her things hidden underneath the floor.

Her luck does run out though when she can’t contact Aldemar for guidance, and when Johnny Ki videos her levitating. Add on him willing to blackmail her and her life just got seriously complicated.

On The Fence

This Show Is Starting Off Real Slow

With Lucien still playing this unseen boogeyman, there isn’t anything to present any excitement or some sense of a threat. Oh, beside Johnny Ki trying to threaten Carmen who, with the potion she gave Alicia, could easily wipe that boy’s memory. But even if you note Carmen having a psycho to deal with, this show doesn’t have much of a hook yet. For as much as seeing Carmen adapt to modern times is interesting, and the luster of seeing a Black witch hasn’t worn off, there remains no real selling point here. So, here is hoping, with Carmen discovering a whole lot of burnt up bodies, and the protection spell tattoos on her arm glowing, and increasing, something is going to change soon.

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Season 1, Episode 10 "The Final Trip" [Season Finale]As the show has been lackluster, so is its ending which sets up a second season which could begin with some hijinks.
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Season 1, Episode 9 "The Time Portal"As Lucien waits in a cell, Johnny and everyone contemplates how to speak, even physically get to Carmen. Someone who is in a world of trouble.
Director(s) Mateo Stivelberg
Writer(s) Ana Maria Parra, Diego Vicanco
Air Date 2/1/2019
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Season 1, Episode 8 "1646"With a taste of what the future holds, it seems Carmen returning to the past is bittersweet and makes things with Cristobal complicated.
Director(s)Mateo Stivelberg
Writer(s)Ana Maria Parra, Diego Vivanco
Air Date2/1/2019
Introduced This Episode
FernandoEdu Martin
IsabelCristina Warner
KankawimakuNelson Camayo
  • What Is The Truth?: Mayte, Alicia, Daniel, Kankawimaku, Johnny, Lucien
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Season 1, Episode 7 "Lucien"Carmen finally faces off against Lucien and both who he is, and who Aldemar is, you probably have guessed already.
Director(s) Mateo Stivelberg
Writer(s) Ana Maria Parra, Diego Vivanco
Air Date 2/1/2019
  • Saving Mayte: Carmen, Mayte, Leon, Alicia, Daniel
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Season 1, Episode 6 "The Ritual of Forgetting"Leon’s secrets come out as Cristobal tries to make a deal with Aldemar and, in return, Aldemar does something sinister.
Director(s) Mateo Stivelberg
Writer(s) Ana Maria Parra, Diego Vivanco
Air Date 2/1/2019
Introduced This Episode
Detective Pablo Corcel Juan Manuel Mendoza
Sandra Lima Diana Angel
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  • Forgetting Cristobal & Stalking Leon: Leon, Mayte, Carmen, Alicia
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Season 1, Episode 5 "The Festival of Candela"We get to learn about Carmen’s parents this episode, Alicia’s brother, and get a vibe there might be a new sense of urgency.
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Writer(s) Ana Maria Parra, Diego Vivanco
Air Date 2/1/2019
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Braulio Jhon Alex Castillo
Paula Ana Mosquera
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Season 1, Episode 4 “Stolen Shadow, Witch Forgotten”Siempre Bruja (Always A Witch) may finally be building up steam after Johnny does something stupid and Esteban begins seeming rather suspicious.
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Writer(s) Ana Maria Parra, Diego Vivanco
Air Date 2/1/2019
Introduced This Episode
Esteban Sebastian Eslava
Mayte Valeria Emiliani
Leon Carlos Quintero
Bruno Victor Gomez
  • Speaking To A Ghost: Aldemar, Johnny, Carmen
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Season 1, Episode 3 “Ouija”The ghost of Lucien finally appears, and we check in on Aldemar, who gets a surprise visitor.
Director(s) Liliana Bocanegra
Writer(s) Ana Maria Parra, Diego Vivanco
Air Date 2/1/2019
Introduced This Episode
Ximena Norma Nivia
Lucho Jose Restrepo
Angel Eduardo Lopez
  • Atonement: Johnny, Carmen, Lucho, Alicia, Angel
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  • You’re On Your Own: Ximena, Lucho, Carmen
Season 1, Episode 2 “A University Witch”While Lucien remains to be seen, and Ninibé is still AWOL, Carmen stalks Alicia and someone discovers her truth.
Director(s) Liliana Bocanegra
Writer(s) Ana Maria Parra, Diego Vicanco
Air Date 2/1/2019
Introduced This Episode
Daniel Duban Prado
Alicia Sofia Araujo
Johnny Ki Dylan Duentes
Adelaida Constanza Duque
  • In Need Of Friends: Alicia, Carmen, Daniel
  • I Know What You Are: Johnny Ki, Adelaida, Carmen
Season 1, Episode 1 “A Leap In Time”Siempre Bruja (Always A Witch) gives us that long desired focus on a Black witch but complicates things with her loving her master and a war between warlocks.
Creator Ana Maria Parra
Director(s) Liliana Bocanegra
Writer(s) Ana Maria Parra, Diego Vicanco
Air Date 2/1/2019
Genre(s) Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Romance
Good If You Like Witches At War

Time Travel

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Isn’t For You If You Are Tired Of Witches, And Other Supernatural Beings
Introduced This Episode
Carmen Angely Gaviria
Aldemar Luis Fernando Hoyos
Cristobal Lenard Vanderaa
Ninibe Veronica Orozco

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