Released on the Freeform Channel on March 18, 2020, the show Motherland: Fort Salem follows 3 young women, 3 witches, who commit themselves to defend the Americans against a terrorist threat.
We could have thought the series imagined by Eliot Laurence would be déjà vu, but the theme is actually original.
Three hundred years ago, after years of persecution against witches, they and the U.S. government made a deal. Good witches now have a role as soldiers fighting to protect the people of the country. They are fighting other witches called the Spree who act as terrorists.
Every year, young witches enroll and end up in a kind of boarding school where they follow a basic training in combat magic.
Beyond the story, Motherland: Fort Salem provides the strong women we need on television. In fact, the series has an all-female main cast.
It contributes to the change started by the #MeToo movement.
From the first episode of season 1, we plunge into a new world that takes time to understand. There’s a lot of information. Maybe a little too much. This reminds me of The Handmaid's Tale’s very first episodes. In this series, things have become clearer as the story has developed and I hope that this will also be the case with Motherland: Fort Salem because this series is very promising.
Season 1 consists of 10 episodes.
You will need to have your heart set on this first season, because there will be a lot of emotions, sometimes heartbreaking, and a lot of twists and turns.
Plus, as a bonus, Motherland: Fort Salem features a queer romance that is also the romance at the heart of the Season 1 story.
Female sexuality and relationships are addressed without taboo or modesty.
And what is innovative is that these subjects are dealt with through this queer romance, and not through a straight romance, as is usually the case.
Here’s the trailer: