vampire academythe Peacock adaptation of Richelle Mead’s bestselling book series of the same name, reunites with co-protagonists and best friends Rose Hathaway (Sisi Stringer) and Vasilisa “Lissa” Dragomir (Daniela Nieves) in the midst of a revolutionary shift in brewing with the Moroi world. Alongside them on this wild journey and exploration of the centuries-old errors of the Dominion are Christian love interests so far (Andre Dae Kim), Dimitri (Kieron Moore) and Mason (Andre Liner), with characters like fellow Guardian-in-training Meredith (Rhian Blundell) and royal asshole Jesse Zeklos (Joseph Olman) lagging behind. The first season is designed to showcase the mistreatment, cruelty and ruthlessness the royal Moroi show towards all other Moroi and Dhampirs who do not fit into their close-knit royal circles and are considered below the grand scheme of things. , highlighting the need for significant change all around.
While building this incredible world and delving deep into the story, one character proved her worth repeatedly throughout the first season but was criminally underused: Mia Karp (Mia McKenna-Bruce). As the adopted daughter of King Victor Dashkov (J. August Richards), Mia occupies a unique position in the Dominion, creating tremendous and exceptional potential for the character to be fully invested in the story as one of the main players. She didn’t get the chance to do so in those first 10 episodes, but despite that, she still managed to show viewers what would be gained if she were to have the spotlight on a more permanent basis. in future seasons.
Mia occupies a unique position in vampire society.
One of the most captivating aspects of Mia’s character is her position in society. With Rose and Lissa being members of two different classes in the Moroi world – Lissa is a royal with vast privilege, while Rose is a Dhampir who should lay down her life as a guardian to protect the royal family – we see the big differences. in how the people of the Dominion are treated and what goes through the minds of their peers. And, through these best friends is the spark leading to the beginning of change in society… at least once they can return to their lives and prove that the new monarch Tatiana (Anita Joy Uwajehlisten)) is responsible for murdering the late Queen and framing Lissa. However, while we get a good look at the royal life of the Moroi and Guardians in the Dominion, little focus is on those who fall outside like the non-royal Moroi, who are in a rather unfortunate position in society. .
Like royal Moroi, they are not trained to fight or use their magic offensively. But, unlike the royal family, they get removed from the Guardians as Dhampir numbers drop in society, leaving them defenseless and vulnerable to violence. So far, the only character the show has to explore this disparity with is Mia. As a non-royal Moroi, Mia receives the same stale and dismissive treatment as the others, but she witnesses much more of royal life as Victor’s daughter. She understands the imbalance between royals and non-royals better than anyone, as she is often excluded from royal affairs because she was adopted while the rest of her family, including her sister Sonya (Jonetta Kaiser), are not. While Rose is our gateway to the differences between the Moroi and the Dhampirs, it’s equally important that the series focuses on the differences between the Moroi themselves. Without it, the show can’t really explore the catastrophic flaws in Moroi society.
Mia has a capacity for kindness despite her emotional guards
While her position is more than enough to make Mia an engaging and enjoyable character, she also brings a lot to the show as an individual. This is particularly true in the vampire academy season finale, where Mia finds herself in the center of town with the threat of Strigoi attacks looming. After being denied transport out of town because she’s not royal, Mia finds Lissa and the two strategize how to stay safe and escape. But, before leaving town, Lissa decides she must stay and use her spiritual abilities to heal the wounded. Mia, knowing the cost of this magic from personal experience and the loss of her sister Sonya, tries to reason with Lissa to protect herself.
While Mia and Lissa aren’t necessarily close friends (at least what we’ve seen), it shows how much deeper Mia’s emotional ties to the other characters are than previously believed. Mia has a great capacity for love and kindness, but she is cautious and appears cold and indifferent to those she doesn’t open up to. It’s something we’ve seen slowly unravel thanks to his romantic relationship with Meredith, which is also another vitally important aspect of the show that doesn’t get its time. Mia and Meredith haven’t had as much screen time as the star couples, but their relationship has grown just as powerful and important in the short time we’ve had them. It opened up both characters in many ways and provides another intriguing factor to the series by wondering how a relationship between a Moroi and a Dhampir can work when long-term unions between the two are actively discouraged. As with his position in society, this is of monumental importance to the argument the show makes about racial inequality, so it needs to be highlighted moving forward.
Also, the fact that Mia is one of the few Moroi who wants to use her magic offensively is exciting. The times she did in season one show that Mia is a force, willing to do what she believes is right (even if everyone around her tells her it’s wrong). Using her magic like this and eventually learning to fight like the Guardians do is a big part of Mia’s character in the books, and there’s no reason it shouldn’t come to life on screen at the future. Mia has lost so much, and it’s clear there’s anger burning below the surface for all she’s been through. What better way to put it on the front of the stage? Even if the show doesn’t fully utilize the exponential opportunities with Mia, she should be in the spotlight regardless. Mia is a surprisingly complex character who has already become an unexpected fan favorite. That said, it’s hard to ignore the full potential for great stories and further development, both individually and in her relationships, and it would be a real shame if the writers didn’t step it up with her in Season 2.
Each episode of vampire academy is now streaming on Peacock.