Dystopian 'Motherland' tries to one-up real-world pandemic

Monday, 16 March 2020 05:26 PM Written by 

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Are American TV viewers craving dystopian programming? Isn’t there enough of that in our real-world present even before a global pandemic? Evidently not if Freeform has its way.

Set in an alternate, present-day America where witches cut a deal 300 years ago to fight for the United States, “Motherland: Fort Salem” (9 p.m. Wednesday, Freeform) follows three young recruits in basic training as they learn combat magic to fight the Spree. No, not the candy, but some sort of terrorist organization that uses sound to force people to commit suicide by jumping to their deaths.

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Raelle (Taylor Hickson, “Deadly Class”) has authority issues and mourns her combat medic mom; Tally (Jessica Sutton) joins up against her mother’s wishes; Abigail (Ashley Nicole Williams) is a driven, Type-A sort who comes from high society.

The types are all pretty obvious and plot turns are telegraphed well in advance, yet the show fails to clearly explain what is going on in this alternate America. The witchiness of the young women is even underplayed to a frustrating degree until late in the premiere episode.

“You’re playing with hot garbage,” says Scylla (Amalia Holm), another recruit who isn’t what she seems (but what she turns out to be is entirely predictable). Her admonition is an apt metaphor for “Motherland.”

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