Motherland: Fort Salem: Season 1 Reviews

March 23, 2020
Overall, Motherland: Fort Salem is definitely bringing something to the table with its world-building and witch lore.
March 19, 2020
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.
March 19, 2020
[A] gender-bender head-trip.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.6/5
March 19, 2020
A matriarchal society, the power of women's voices, and militarized witches -- in an alternate history America that's cold-blooded...it's a wholly imaginative new universe.
March 18, 2020
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.
March 18, 2020
Fort Salem offers a beautiful world to gaze at, but it's hard to get lost inside it.
March 17, 2020
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.
March 17, 2020
The acting is fine, and even if the characters feel a little trope-y, the chemistry between all the leads in there and the visuals and world-building are top-notch.
March 14, 2020
As a light-hearted Freeform teen drama, Motherland takes itself much too seriously, but as an expansive piece of supernatural alt-history, it falls far short of its ambitions.
March 13, 2020
It squanders precious opportunities to develop compelling antagonists-and that lack of complexity is even more unfortunate given that the three leads are so charismatic and well-cast.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 12, 2020
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 50/100