Well, it’s Hump Day, Hearties! It’s also the day after Johannah’s birthday. Did you send her a birthday wish? I was part of that massive card package that a Heartie named Nicole organizes for the supporting characters of WCTH. I hope she got a ton of them! And I hope she had a marvelous day!
So now, I welcome you to the Johannah Newmarch edition of #WonderWednesday! This was tricky. Off the top of my head, the only project I knew of that Johannah was in, (other than WCTH, of course) was the Garage Sale Mystery series. I wasn’t so sure I wanted to do one of them so soon after doing a GSM month, and her presence in so many of them is spotty. Not enough to really highlight her the way I wanted. But since I’ve been doing a lot of research, I found another possibility, watched it, and it turned out to be golden!
I found Netflix’s Project MC2. And now my daughter has a new favorite show! My husband probably got a headache from all the times he rolled his eyes, but it’s a cute program for young girls. He just doesn’t remember how incredibly cheesy our favorite kid shows were!
So this particular show also stars Hallmark favorite Danica McKellar; who, if you remember, is a very accomplished mathematician. That’s perfect because the purpose of this series is to increase girls’ interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). In the case of my 7-year-old, I think it might be working! The premise is a teenage spy moves to a new town, and enlists help from 3 of the smartest girls in her school. In return, they teach her how to be a regular teenager every once in a while. A very clever gimmick they did was establishing each girl’s personality within 10 seconds of seeing them for the first time. The spy gets out of bed, and immediately goes through a door with a digital handprint; one girl is awakened by her various inventions; another wakes up amidst a sea of pink and frills; the last girl takes a selfie of her very first morning yawn, and immediately posts it to social media while being surrounded by
Johannah, if you can believe it, is the VILLAIN! And she is hysterical! I had to watch all 6 episodes she was in to get enough material to comment on, (they were short!), but my daughter was NOT complaining! Johannah plays Carson Lazarus, top agent for the top crime organization HAVOC. The first time we see her is when the girls see her on the news as she’s being released from a decade-long prison sentence. Her Uber driver is mistaken for her because he’s a man, and that becomes a running gag that no one believes she’s the mastermind. Carson can’t be a girl’s name, right? 😉
She insists she’s turned over a new leaf, and even gets a job at the girls’ hangout: Café Attoms. (Get it?) But of course, we discover she hasn’t. In fact, at one point, when the spy makes her think she’s switched sides, Carson says she’s trying to get an on-site daycare to increase the number of “nefarious working mothers”.
The best part is that she pokes fun at all the cheesiness and stereotypical evil traits you usually find in a kid-show nemisis. It’s nice to see the show doesn’t take itself too seriously. For example, the first time we see her in all her evil villain glory, she’s in a full bright pink pantsuit. You couldn’t miss her for 5 miles! It has that “I rule the world, and I’m getting dolled up for it” kind of look. And when the spy appears beside her, identically dressed from head to toe, and lets out her “evil laugh”, Carson just stares, and says, “What on earth was that?”
Another “bit of silliness” I just had to laugh at was when Carson is surveying the heroines on a camera. She pauses the feed, and you can see a reflection of her stroking a cat very wickedly. The camera goes full-on to her, and she says, “I smell opportunity.” I expected the scene to end, but then she gives herself a stink-face look, and scolds herself: “ This is too cliché. You’re better than this, Carson.”
I saved my favorite example for last! The 4 girls were discovered, and caged. They were even forced to remove their shoes, and then Carson activates a “death floor” of electricity. But thanks to their recent training, the girls escape. Carson and the spy come face to face, have a few words, then Carson chases the teenager. Her run is VERY slow, and my first thought was: “Oh please!” But without missing a beat, she says, “These heels are NOT helping!” I laughed so hard! It was campy, but they addressed it, and they weren’t afraid to. It was classic!
So if you have a young female friend or family member and Netflix. Check it out. I won’t tell! Hope you had a LOVELY birthday yesterday, Johannah! You continue to dazzle me, and all the Hearties with your lengthy range of talent! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!