*And I don’t mean that as a bad thing at all. It’s just all so perfectly pristine and I mean, look at her waist. I’d totally love a Curious Creations doll play set.
When a friend first sent me a recommendation for Netflix’ shiny new Goth foodie miniseries, The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell, I was intrigued – the premise wandered weirdly on the fine line between reality and the realm of the fantastic (one of my favourite lines ever!) so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I pressed play a few days later.
Curious Creations indeed veers between scripted storyline comedy and cooking show where the host plays an exaggerated version of herself. Christine is a burlesque Martha Stewart-meets-Morticia Adams beauty, impeccably dressed in beautiful vintage. She floats through her ornate mansion like a dark Disney princess, gentle, pale, fragile and beloved by all her little friends.
These little friends are, naturally, not adorable mice in hats nor tiny birds (the only time a tiny bird makes an appearance it’s already dead). Instead, Christine lives with cat mummy Rankle (who would like to remind you that he used to be worshipped like a god), a furry monster in the basement and a less-than-clever werewolf, among others. Rose, the depraved, perverted frankenstein roadkill creature will burn herself into your retinas and memory, for better or for worse.
None of these housemates are particularly helpful, the tentacle monster in the fridge and the ghost in the mirror aside. The latter is played by Dita von Teese and at least gives fashion advice.
I think what I want to say is that it’s either too much, or not enough. With the right timing and something to make it more visibly over the top it would work out just a tiny bit better. The series doesn’t shy away from being camp, so why do it script-wise? Get me some old-fashioned cliché dialoge! Hell, give me screwball! It’s vintage! It fits!
But that’s about the only real issue I have with the entire thing, and I’m picky, so it barely counts.
To sum it up, it’s reminiscent of the Fullerverse (much like Mockingbird Lane meets Pushing Daisies) with a generous dose of Burton mixed in and some extra vintage cherries on top, and it’s mostly about food, so I’m in.
It’s so very aesthetically pleasing, I hope it’ll get a second season. Maybe with more recipes (or at least links to a recipe collection – on the other hand I could buy Christine’s book for that). But that’s just wishful thinking, and it’s pretty good the way it already is.
Have you watched The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell? How did you like it, and what was your favourite creation? And who’s your favourite housemate (mine’s Bernard, but only if Norman doesn’t count)?
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