Motherland: Fort Salem (Season 1)

Taylor Hickson, Jessica Sutton, and Ashley Nicole Williams in Motherland: Fort Salem (2020)

Titles: Motherland: Fort Salem
People: Taylor Hickson, Jessica Sutton, Ashley Nicole Williams
Languages: English
Source: IMDb

What is it?

The American drama TV show Motherland: Fort Salem (Season 1).

What is it about?

This is how Fandom describes this TV show:

Set in an alternate America where witches ended their persecution nearly 300 years ago by cutting a deal with the U.S. government to fight for their country, “Motherland: Fort Salem” follows three young women from basic training in combat magic into early deployment.

In this world, the traditional roles of gender and power are flipped, with the more dominant women on the front lines fighting looming terrorist threats that are familiar to our world—but with supernatural tactics and weapons.

My Thoughts

I found out about this TV show by accident thanks to seeing a thumbnail for the trailer for it on YouTube, and so I watched the trailer.

After watching the trailer I liked the concept for this TV show, and I felt that it had potential and that I might like it; and so I decided that I would watch it when it came out.

The first episode was not bad, I do wish that they would have explained a few more things though, but I do like how the tone was more serious than what Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina has become; and I wish that TV show would have kept more of this tone.

Unfortunately this show quickly stopped trying to be more realistic especially with the military elements, and the military aspects became more and more unbelievable and stupid at times.

They also did not explain enough about how magic worked or enough about the lore, the world building was incomplete, they had time to explain those things; but they wasted that time with extra unnecessary romance, drama, and time-wasting instead.

I wanted to like this show, I expected to like it more, but it ended up disappointing my brother GC and I enough to where we will possibly not watch the next season.

The concept of this show had potential, the costumes were pretty good at times, the acting was acceptable enough, but the writing and directing and realism failed in comparison to those things.

The last episode got so stupid that my brother GC and I kept pausing it to point out all the problems and laugh at some of the stupidity, and before that we were not looking forward to each new episode.

It would be nice if someone else could take this concept and make a better show that was more realistic (especially the military stuff) and less sexist or at least more equal among the sexes (they went overboard with the female focus / false empowerment that was at times guilty and more guilty than some sexist male focused shows, which is a shame, because they had an opportunity to present a better example for females and males).

This show had a more teen book-to-film-type style and approach / feel to it that they tried to make more adult with some TV-acceptable sex et cetera, and so it failed in some ways common with that genre.

The end,

-John Jr

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