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TV Series Review

"There was no right or wrong. Thievery was a competition and a game." This was Black Sheep's motto until she learned the truth.

Found on the streets of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Black Sheep was orphaned as an infant and brought to a remote island, home to an upscale corporation called V.I.L.E. The initials supposedly stand for "Valuable Imports, Lavish Exports." The real name? Villains International League of Evil.

Black Sheep enrolled in the league as its youngest thief in training. Competing with, and against, fellow thieves (Graham Crackle, Le Chevre, El Topo, Tigress and Mime Bomb) she had to prove herself worthy. However, when it came time for final examinations, Black Sheep didn't make the cut. Or so her instructor said. So she took matters into her own hands.

One night, as the graduate thieves embarked on their first mission, Black Sheep followed. She learned that her fellow classmates were not just stealing, they were tasked to go to any extreme necessary to make sure that no witnesses survived.

Intent on separating herself from the violence and lies told to her as a child, Black Sheep shed her old coat and took up a new identity as Carmen Sandiego, a.k.a. the Crimson Ghost.

Now, she works with white-hat hacker, Player, as the two return missing valuables stolen by V.I.L.E. operatives. And though many may try to catch her, they all marvel at her ability to disappear. "Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?" they wonder.

Where indeed.

All Around the World Since 1985

In the real world, the character of Carmen Sandiego began on a desktop. Originally released as an educational mystery video game (one that I played a lot), players had to catch Carmen, or one of her henchmen, as they learned about geography. In each game, Carmen was never exactly the good girl.

Until now.

Netflix's 2019 animated series, Carmen Sandiego portrays the loveable thief from a much sunnier perspective. She's a former thief-gone-good. Sure, she still steals things, but only from the hands of V.I.L.E., and only to give them back to the rightful owners. And she works right alongside of her Canadian friend and super-hacker, Player.

Carmen is spunky, fierce and has fun sight-seeing as a modern-day Robin Hood. And, as with any show about thieves, you'll see people stealing high-profile artifacts and dishing out kicks, punches, deadly weapons and scary stunts. But language is never an issue and neither is attire.

It's all thieving fun over here with Carmen Sandiego as she trots around the globe, evading one captor at a time.

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Jan. 18, 2019: "Becoming Carmen Sandiego: Part 1 & 2"



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Gina Rodriguez as Carmen Sandiego; Finn Wolfhard as Player; Abby Trott as Ivy; Kari Wahlgren as Sheena/Tigress; Rita Moreno as Cookie Booker; Michael Hawley as Zack; Michael Goldsmith as Gray/Crackle; Sharon Muthu as Dr. Bellum and Agent Zari; Rafael Petardi as Chase Devineaux; Charlet Chung as Julia Argent; Mary Elizabeth McGlynn as Coach Brunt; Paul Nakauchi as Shadowsan; Toks Olagundoye as Countess Cleo; Andrew Pifko as El Topo; Bernardo De Paula as Le Chevre; Liam O'Brien as Professor Malestrom






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Kristin Smith

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