Topic: Motherland: Fort Salem [Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi]

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

I've watched 1x1 and enjoyed it. It's entertaining and currently enjoys 4 out of 5 stars (4 ratings) here. It's quite controversial over at IMDb, where many people seem to love it or hate it. If you watch it as war propaganda and promoting feminism you'll dislike it. If you watch it as entertainment it's a good show. smile


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Did you notice the painting on the wall? The original, Emmanuel Leutze's Washington Crossing the Delaware just shows men:

https://www.college.columbia.edu/core/sites/core/files/images/Washington_Crossing_the_Delaware_by_Emanuel_Leutze%2C_MMA-NYC%2C_1851.jpg


The painting in the show just shows witches:

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It's only visible for a few seconds - I love it when a show adds something like this! smile

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Watched it, it had a relatively good start. Might be good.

lighton wrote:

If you watch it as war propaganda and promoting feminism you'll dislike it.

Feminism is very likely what motivated it, but it actually plays out like a proper "what if" type show.
War propaganda... from the tropes I could see so far, it actually seems as if it will either end up being anti-war propaganda or, even better, something that actually looks at the nuances thereof.

We will see.

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lighton wrote:

Did you notice the painting on the wall? The original, Emmanuel Leutze's Washington Crossing the Delaware just shows men:

https://www.college.columbia.edu/core/sites/core/files/images/Washington_Crossing_the_Delaware_by_Emanuel_Leutze%2C_MMA-NYC%2C_1851.jpg


The painting in the show just shows witches:

https://i.ibb.co/yPQTh9L/Motherland-Fort-Salem.jpg

It's only visible for a few seconds - I love it when a show adds something like this! smile

Well, isn't there at least one of the show's semi-main characters in that painting?
It also is not exactly shown in the background.

Still, yes, it does get its point across. One detail there I do like and didn't notice before are the tornadoes in the background.

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Woefully woke and predictable.

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I'll give it a try.

And "woke" is a banned word.

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Okay well, I actually like it. And I like their use of voice as a weapon (and the effects they use on it is kind of interesting).

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Yes!

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The whole 'setting their faces on fire' thing is also totally unique. smile

I kinda feel like there's a plot twist coming regarding the terrorists... we'll see!

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1x8 was another cool episode. I thought that empty pool looked somehow familiar... and then I remembered: I had seen it 3 years ago ( yikes )...

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...(filled up with water) in Legion 1x1! Feel free to compare these with Motherland 1x8:
https://youtu.be/zElVJBj6waY?t=8
https://youtu.be/zElVJBj6waY?t=22
https://youtu.be/zElVJBj6waY?t=33
https://youtu.be/zElVJBj6waY?t=48

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Renewed!

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scorpius074 wrote:

Renewed!

Yes!! I wasn't sure that would happen, great news. smile

Did you start watching it?

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I haven't started yet, but it's on my high priority to-do list. smile

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smile

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Well, season 1 just wrapped.

I really liked episode 9. It did really well at establishing the stakes and what role the characters involved are going to play. Ep10 dialed back on it a bit, but at the same time set up a lot of interesting things for the show to explore later.

Overall this has been a pretty good show so far, one of my favourites for this year. Looking forward to where they are gonna take it...

scorpius074 wrote:

Renewed!

This is good news.

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Yes, some_one, I agree. The season finale totally looked like they already got the OK for the show's renewal, so it made sense to announce that early, and not wait several months.

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I enjoyed this show as well. It grabbed me out of the gate and creatively came into its own in the nick of time. This show did a great job finding a strong balance between the world-building, character exploration, and plot progression. Plus, I thought the three leads were well written; each had their own personal arcs that held my interest, on top of their shared arc as a unit. They were definitely more potent as a unit. Beautiful cinematography, diverse cast, well-written, well-acted, well-produced, well-executed, phenomenal world/lore building, and it spins the idea of witches right on its head. Greater things lie ahead. I can't wait for Round Two.

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scorpius074 wrote:

I enjoyed this show as well. It grabbed me out of the gate and creatively came into its own in the nick of time. This show did a great job finding a strong balance between the world-building, character exploration, and plot progression. Plus, I thought the three leads were well written; each had their own personal arcs that held my interest, on top of their shared arc as a unit. They were definitely more potent as a unit. Beautiful cinematography, diverse cast, well-written, well-acted, well-produced, well-executed, phenomenal world/lore building, and it spins the idea of witches right on its head. Greater things lie ahead. I can't wait for Round Two.

All of this^ really enjoyed this show.

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Great review, scorpius074! Yeah, curious to see where they'll take it in season 2. smile