Review: Motherland Fort Salem
When a TV show or movie makes me wish I'd come up with the premise that's when I know it's good!
Motherland: Fort Salem tells the story of young witches training at the magical equivalent of West Point. The girls (they're all girls) are descendants of witches each who have served before them and each one has their own reasons for wanting to be in the academy.
As the story goes, witches have been instrumental throughout history helping to aide the military during war. Now, the U.S. government has their own battalion of witches headed up by General Adler. I can't get a read on how old General Adler is but she has ancient wisdom and power. She is surrounded by "biddies" who sustain her with their own life force. She's also up to no good.
Our three heroines Raelle, Abigail, and Tally go through training and other hardships as they prepare to take their place in line to continue the succession of their heritage. But so many things happen to falter their steps that it keeps the show going at an enjoyable pace.
The world, the magic, and the characters are so well developed they fit seamlessly into a contemporary setting. This is why I wish I would've come up with the premise. It's a very clever and unique spin on what could've easily been a played out witch story. Motherland: Fort Salem is anything but played out. And even though it's mostly geared to young adults I still find it compelling. Season 1 was excellent. I look forward to season 2.