Web Series Wednesday | Poe Party

What? Edgar Allan Poe’s Murder Mystery Dinner Party AKA Poe Party

Who? Created by Sean Persaud and Sinead Persaud. Starring: Sean Persaud, Sinead Persaud, Ashley Clements, Tom DeTrinis, Joey Richter, Mary Kate Wiles, Blake Silver, Sarah Grace Hart, Lauren Lopez, Clayton Snyder, Whitney Avalon, Ryan. W. Garcia, Tara Perry, Emma Chandler, Curt Mega, Margie Mintz, Laura Spencer.

Why Should I Watch? From Shipwrecked Comedy and American Black Market, this series brings to life a comedy with the most unlikely of premises: a murder. Borrowing characters from Shipwreck’s endearing Kissing In the Rain series, Poe Party brings back Sinead Persaud’s Lenore, Sean Persaud’s Edgar Allan Poe, and Mary Kate Wilde’s Annabel Lee. New to the cast but familiar to web series viewers, the series also stars Ashley Clements (who played the iconic Lizzie in The Lizzie Bennet Diaries) in a new role.

This is a story all about laughs and the large group of actors clearly relish their roles playing iconic literary authors who have all been shoved together in the same room. From Poe to Hemingway and Bronte to Shelley, the authors have gathered to participate in a fun murder mystery dinner party. The fun only grows when the murder is real. The characters and their personalities are truly the star of the show with witty banter and enough punchy one liners that you can enjoy the series even if you know nothing about historical authors. A little ridiculous and a perfect pinch of over-dramatizing only add to the humour. If watching this array of big personalities interact isn’t enough, the plot makes a delightful use of murder mystery tropes and actually does keep you guessing until the end.

Basically, if you want to spend your time smiling while watching people die this is the one for you. That’s not to say that the show can’t hit it’s emotional beats. While primarily played for laughs, the relationship between Poe and Annabel Lee, Lenore’s past, and her interactions with HG Wells (Blake Silver), leave plenty of room for a small dose of feels before the laughs hit again.

Plus, just all the puns. Writers like puns.

Where Can I Watch? The series recently wrapped with 11 episodes and an epilogue so it’s a perfect time to binge! You can watch Poe Party here.

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Monday 8:27am
I woke up with you on my mind.
You called me babe last night —
my heart is still pounding.

Tuesday 10:53pm
Today I realized we won’t work.
What we are is hurting her.
And I think she matters more to me than you do.

Wednesday 11:52pm
I broke things off with you today.
She barely said a word.
I’ve never regretted anything more than this.

Thursday 4:03pm
I shouldn’t have sent that message.
You shouldn’t have been so okay with receiving it.

Friday 9:57pm
I almost messaged you today.
I didn’t.

Saturday 8:49pm
I’m walking around town in search of alcohol.
They say that liquor numbs the pain of having a broken heart.
I want to put that to the test.

Sunday 2:32am
I heard you texted a girl you’ve never spoken to before.
I wonder if it’s because you’re trying to replace me.
I can’t help but wish you weren’t.
I thought I was irreplaceable.

—  a week with you on my mind, c.j.n.

Steven: Gems shouldn’t fight each other.  

I wanted to make this gifset because, with every episode that passes, I am more and more convinced that Steven is, step by step, becoming a true leader. Like Rose, Steven sees beauty in everything, and his human upbringing makes him selfless, empathic and caring, and every Gem he’s had the opportunity to influence responds to that. To me, the episodes where Steven spends the day with other humans in Beach City aren’t at all fillers, they are part of Steven’s growth and upbringing and in each he learns something. He wouldn’t be the person he is without Greg, Connie and everyone he’s around. And I think Rose maybe knew that, she knew what Steven would become was exactly what they needed, what Gems lacked of. And maybe, when she asked Steven to “take care of them”, she was being more general than I initially thought, and was asking him to make his own place among them and guide them. As a human. And as a Gem. Anyway, even if I’m not correct, what I’m sure of is that, if things go wrong, these Gems here will stand by him. Because of who he is. Because of what he’s becoming to them.