Premiered on April 15, 2022, Roar is an Apple TV+ anthology series based on the 2018 short story collection of the same name by Cecelia Ahern. Featuring an all-star cast, this genre-bending anthology series weaves together eight darkly comedic feminist fables that take unexpected approaches to subjects like gender roles, autonomy, and identity.
The series comes from Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, creators of GLOW, and boasts Nicole Kidman as an executive producer. Each story is led by one of the all-star performers, including Nicole Kidman, Betty Gilpin, Cynthia Erivo, Issa Rae, Merritt Wever, Alison Brie, Hugh Dancy, and Jake Johnson.
To know what the world is like in a woman’s eyes, you have to listen to them first. Listen to the Roar of the eight characters, and of each ordinary woman.
As a thought-provoking anthology that highlights empathy and compassion, Roar explores what it’s like being a woman today with insightful, poignant, and sometimes hilarious portraits. Combined with magic realism, social reality, comedy, and horror, these stories mirror and elevate aspirations, struggles, and dilemmas faced by ordinary women, subtly challenging societal norms and expectations. How they rise from their journeys is a statement of the resiliency within themselves and with all women.
There are altogether 8 episodes in Roar, telling eight unique stories. Each episode is about half an hour long.
This episode is about defeating your self-doubt and reclaiming power from those who intend to steal it for themselves. It is something that all women experience, especially women of color, like Wanda (Issa Rae) in this episode. The Woman Who Disappeared reveals the struggle when seeking to know who they are, reclaim their voice and power, and become visible, heard, and respected.
It is about a woman, Robin (Nicole Kidman), who relives memories from the past by eating photos. But why? Maybe because time is taking away her identity as a mother and daughter. However, when experiencing life changes, comfort cannot be found in the past but by accepting reality.
This episode is about how a beautiful woman Amelia (Betty Gilpin) jumps down one shelf but gets back on another. It addresses the deep-rooted misogyny and internalized misogyny. Women are more than pretty faces and sexy bodies. The cost of being admired by your looks is that people forget you have worth beyond appearances.
Episode 4 is about a working mom Ambia (Cynthia Erivo) struggling with the balance of motherhood, career, and relationships. She enjoys work and loves her family. However, she cannot stop feeling guilty in both settings, like the biting marks eating her alive. Life is always very hard on women who want to have a very successful work life. Sometimes they have to sacrifice one for the other. This episode highlights the struggle.
Roar Episode 5 is about how Elisa(Merritt Wever) loses herself and becomes negative in a bad relationship. Yes, the duck is a metaphor for a man. He is an abuser and a taker disguised as a “good guy.”
This episode addresses evil, violence, misogyny, victim blaming, and more with a unique background. When the male detective handles her case with stereotypes of women, Becky(Alison Brie) manages to solve her own murder. Women can be their own source of power and don’t need men to solve their problems.
Episode 7 is about how Anu (Meera Syal) finds marriage is not her trap and it takes two to tango. It highlights the real struggle generally happening between long-time married couples. Don’t take the person you love for granted and you still need to strive for happiness.
This episode uses the American Frontier time period to show lawlessness, sexism, and religious oppression. It is a subversion of classic Western revenge stories. Without shooting one bullet, Jane (Fivel Stewart) still gets justice, showing how female creativity can be used against violence.
No, you don’t need to watch Roar in order. Each episode is a standalone story with different characters, like a minimovie. They are independent of one another. So you can watch Roar episodes in any order.
Everyone may have different opinions on the same thing. People are ranking differently on the best episodes of Roar. The one listed below is ranked from best to worst, voted by fans of the show.
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