TV-MA | 1h 0min | Drama, Fantasy | TV Series
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 88% Fresh (Critics), 78% Fresh (Audience)
Director: Álex de la Iglesia
Writers: Jorge Guerricaechevarría, Álex de la Iglesia
Stars: Eduard Fernández, Megan Montaner, Miguel Ángel Silvestre
IMDb summary: An exiled priest tries to escape his demons while living in a remote village in Spain.
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Demon-killing priests are always my favourite kind of priest (except perhaps in Jonah Hex), and 30 Coins is all about priests, religion, an ancient evil and demon-killing. You might remember that TV show called The Exorcist that made its debut in 2016? Well, that show is sitting on 8 stars on IMDb and even better ratings on Rotten Tomatoes. The reason why we mention this is because this show is as close as you’ll get to that show with one exception: it’s in Spanish and branches out a little more than The Exorcist did with its characters and their connection to each other.
30 Coins is about the infamous 30 coins that Judas was supposedly paid by the Romans for his betrayal of Jesus Christ. In this TV show, the coins represent evil incarnate and to have all of these coins together could be extremely bad for everyone. Our protagonist role is shared in this TV show by the three principle characters namely the Priest Padre Vergara (played by Eduard Fernández), Paco the Mayor of the township where this TV show is set (played by Sense8 alum Miguel Ángel Silvestre) and the town’s vet, Elena (played by Megan Montaner),
You might think this is a strange group of people to be playing the heroes, but that makes this show so interesting. Both Paco and Elena are ordinary people who get swept up in the fight and join with Padre Vergara to combat the evil threatening their township (and the world).
While all of this is happening, other events fill in the gaps between the action sequences, which is quite different from The Exorcist TV show. This show feels like a mix between a drama about families who fall out with each other, people who fall in love when they shouldn’t and an evil group of powerful men corrupting the church from the inside out.
The show is definitely channelling a little bit of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Exorcist. Padre Vergara is also something of an enigma. He is an ex-con and an ex-boxer who seems like he has a lot of scary stuff from his past eating away at him. But he’s a whole lot tougher than he comes across and is easily one of the best characters in the show. The supernatural elements will surely wow any fans looking for a TV show that can deliver impressive action, strong characters and a storyline that doesn’t fall flat. You’ll be engaged right until the very end.
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