Motherland: Fort Salem: Season 1 (2020)


Season 1
Motherland: Fort Salem

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Despite a fine cast and impressive set up, Motherland: Fort Salem's ambitious ideas are overwhelmed by the sheer too-muchness of it all.



Critic Ratings: 16


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User Ratings: 503

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Air date: Mar 18, 2020

Three witches join basic training at Fort Salem where they'll prepare for the front lines, fighting looming terrorist threats with supernatural tactics and weapons.

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Air date: Mar 25, 2020

The unit travels to Salem Town, but a disturbance throws the proceedings into chaos. Tally wonders if she made the right choice to embark on a military career. Abigail attempts to bury the hatchet with Raelle. Raelle grows closer to Scylla.

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Air date: Apr 1, 2020

On the eve of Beltane, male witches arrive at Fort Salem. Raelle learns more about Scylla's past. Alder leads an international military council of witches, and is startled by a new crisis.

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Air date: Apr 8, 2020

The base celebrates the rituals of Beltane, where Tally and Gerit's connection grows and Abigail finds strength in competition. Raelle is deeply affected by a tragic event and has questions for an evasive Scylla.

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Air date: Apr 15, 2020

Abigail brings the unit to a High Atlantic wedding, in hopes of increasing their odds for War College. Abigail struggles under family pressures, while Raelle leans on Scylla. Tally makes a discovery that will alter the future of the unit.

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Air date: Apr 22, 2020

Abigail has to come to terms with her vulnerability in the aftermath of horrific events, while Tally struggles with being supportive while also keeping a secret from her unit. And Raelle takes extreme measures to connect with Scylla.

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Air date: Apr 29, 2020

Abigail forges a connection with Adil, a new visitor to base camp, and pushes a devastated Raelle to help him save a life. Tally uses Gerit as distraction from her increasingly burdensome secrets. And Anacostia probes into Scylla's past.

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Air date: May 6, 2020

The witches' training culminates at Citydrop, their final training exercise. Devastating secrets come to light, splintering the unit and forcing Tally to question her blind trust.

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Air date: May 13, 2020

In the aftermath of Citydrop, the unit comes closer together, while their distrust of Alder grows. Abigail is faced with eulogizing a fallen soldier, while Tally learns something new about Gerit. Anacostia grants one last favor to Scylla.

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Air date: May 20, 2020

Raelle, Abigail, and Tally graduate from basic training; Alder eyes the unit for a rescue mission; and Anacostia and Scylla find common ground.

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Tv Season Info

Three young women trained in combat magic prepare for a terrifying and thrilling early deployment in a world where traditional roles of gender and power are flipped, with women on the front lines fighting looming terrorist threats.

Cast & Crew

Ashley Nicole Williams
Amalia Holm
Lyne Renee
Gen. Sarah Alder
Eliot Laurence
Executive Producer
Will Ferrell
Executive Producer
Adam McKay
Executive Producer
Kevin Messick
Executive Producer
Maria Maggenti
Executive Producer
Steven A. Adelson
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Motherland: Fort Salem Season 1

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (5)

In this time where we're more aware than ever of the insidiousness of the patriarchy, and yet have to struggle and fight at every turn to get out from under its thumb, it was really empowering to be dropped into this universe where the matriarchy reigned.

May 22, 2020 | Full Review…

Those more pertinent narratives are nearly crushed inside the margins by shoehorned subplots such as a mishandled suicide storyline, necromancy, and pretty much anything regarding the elder witches in their command station.

Mar 12, 2020 | Rating: 50/100 | Full Review…

Motherland combines too many ideas in order to make one wildly confusing show that, despite its insistence otherwise, struggles to understand what "empowerment" actually means.

Mar 18, 2020 | Full Review…

Fort Salem offers a beautiful world to gaze at, but it's hard to get lost inside it.

Mar 18, 2020 | Full Review…

More inventiveness is needed to make Fort Salem linger in the memory. There is great potential for the show if Season 2 is injected with more depth and risk.

Sep 4, 2020 | Rating: 3 / 5 | Full Review…

Creator Eliot Laurence has the bones of a decent show; the history of this all-female military is built with intrigue. If they had explored its roots this could have been a more captivating series alongside the input of real female voices.

Jul 29, 2020 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Motherland: Fort Salem offers myriad enticements: the gender-nonconforming setting allows the women to express themselves honestly and without shame.

May 26, 2020 | Full Review…

Army of witches fight for USA in sometimes violent show.

Apr 7, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Overall, Motherland: Fort Salem is definitely bringing something to the table with its world-building and witch lore.

Mar 23, 2020 | Full Review…

If the first season can clear up some of the confusion and expand the world beyond the recruits, we expect things to get very interesting.

Mar 19, 2020 | Full Review…

[A] gender-bender head-trip.

Mar 19, 2020 | Rating: 4.6/5 | Full Review…

A matriarchal society, the power of women's voices, and militarized witches -- in an alternate history America that's's a wholly imaginative new universe.

Mar 18, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Motherland: Fort Salem: Season 1

  • Apr 23, 2021
    Puh....where to begin... After some really good shows with amazing female roles and cast, great storytelling and emotional Rollercoaster in a magical mystical world - I really hoped Salem to be this kind of show but its not They cram so insanely much content in this show like they want to appeal to every possible audience - but if you try to please everyone, you please no one It wants to be mythical - its not, "spells" and magic is hardly explained or has deeper lore, its just super mutant powers over again more or less It wants to be a tough near apocalyptic dystopia- its not, the first some episodes i got so bored of this "omg war war war war" theme that i just blurred it out It wants to be a "show with strong female characters and themes" - but the first talk of the three heroines is about who is a virgin and who not - I'm not female myself, but i pretty much doubt thats a thing It wants to give the heroines deep relatable trauma and motives - guess what: if some show slaps my face in ecery each minute about "pressure" "traumatic parenting" "death" - Ill do what i do with toxic ppl doing that - i leave This show seems to be a wet dream, soldier boys have after reading harry potter
  • Mar 25, 2021
    A near perfect first season. I recently watched a couple of shows that lacked worldbuilding, character arcs or a plot threads - MFS achieves all these things seemingly without much effort. At the end of season 1 you know the protagonists and you know enough about the world to know the stakes - but not enough to already be bored by it. Every little detail is foreshadowed and sometimes you catch it early on and sometimes you don't. MFS respects its audience and I am extremely excited to see where the show is heading in season 2.
  • Feb 28, 2021
    Loved season 1. Prayin for a season 2! The characters are great and have great back stories and develop well.
  • Jan 11, 2021
    Not great. the story moved at a reasonable pace but frankly the overall idea behind the show is pretty weak and I was not able to accept the nonsense.
  • Jan 05, 2021
    I loved this show, stunning alternate world!!!
  • Dec 29, 2020
    What is announced under the interesting premise of "What if the salem witches had declared war on the entire us and won?" turns out to be just your average, militaristic male power fantasy with the twist of an all-female cast. I can see guys loving this but to anyone with even the slightest interest in either history or witchcraft, this is just a slap in the face and I also see very little for women in this because all the characters act stereotypically like male-centric society is now telling them and while in real life, we rebel against that, in a female-centric world, we naturally wouldn't? Yeah, I really don't think so and this show is also just not good in any other way either. Well, I guess the visuals are nice but not really worth watching the rest of this absolute disaster...
  • Dec 25, 2020
    Interesting concept. Liked the show quite a bit. Recommended!
  • Dec 02, 2020
    The show has some interesting idea, but is just too much to take at once and the characters are not as relatable or likable as we see them on screen. Raelle is a LGBT girl with a hipster hairstyle and an easy going attitude, who never back off from any challenge and is completely driven by her emotion, in a reality where she should be greatly capable of dealing with her internal struggles - as soldier of a dystopic and fantasy USG army - and be less reckless. She compensate with an amazing amount of power and the ability to excel in pretty much everything. Other characters are either bland or just completely unrealistic. This show is basically a very well written feminist novel that doesn't fail to show how strong and independent every woman in the show is, especially the 3 main characters. Teenager love and magic orgies are proudly shown on the screen with a plot induced trick probably to confirm they have emotions and are relatable, showing the appeal of being not only a witch, but a woman that has desires. The darkness, gore and seriousness of magic terrorism demonstrated sometime with scenes that are truly impactful, while very dreadful and really interesting to see, make those (constant) inter-personal relationships much sillier than they would be if they were less prominent. The CGI effects, combat scenes and the peculiar use of magic, is top notch. Is it a good serie? i cannot tell for sure, i am still undecided whether i want to see a season 2 or i'm done with it. I'm all for diversity, when is well done, portrayed and is not a choice felt like a "MUST BE THAT WAY".
  • Nov 23, 2020
    It was a long time since a series hadn't taken me that way. I found it original, and with a perfect cast. Super recommended.
  • Sep 02, 2020
    This one looked good in the trailer but I kept waiting because I thought I would be disappointed...I wasn't.

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