Noughts + Crosses: Season 1 Reviews

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October 12, 2020
Some drinking, sharp commentary in cool sci-fi series.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 8, 2020
A frivolous teen-romance spin on a worn-out trope: the race reversal - or "persecution flip"-alternate history.
September 18, 2020
The execution is hobbled by so much unfulfilled potential, a half-realized world and a lackluster Romeo and Juliet romance at its core.
September 15, 2020
With a premise that could easily tip into cringe at any moment, the fact that Albion feels so lived in, and its residents so alive, really makes one wish it could just have been given the space to do more.
September 15, 2020
The appeal fades away, however, as it focuses on Sephy and Callum, whose rushed storyline borrows heavily from that of Romeo and Juliet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 9, 2020
I can't really recommend a YA romance with a core coupling this inert or an alt-history that left me scratching my head so frequently, but I still respect the scope of the tapestry Noughts + Crosses is working on.
September 9, 2020
The series [is] thought-provoking and interesting, yet it never quite reaches the level of depth and complexity it's striving for in both its central relationship and its social commentary.
September 9, 2020
The talented cast work well together to push past the two-dimensional stereotypes that their characters could be.
September 9, 2020
For a show that depicts a society so far removed from the real world, Noughts + Crosses provides a serious reality check for all of the racism deniers who have crawled out of the woodwork recently.
September 9, 2020
Three writers adapted Blackman's work: Lydia Adetunji, Nathaniel Price and Rachel De-Lahay. Their work is consistently sharp and on-the-money.
September 9, 2020
In the end, the acting saves the series from a romance that's initially undercooked and a race-reversal narrative that could do more to complicate its alternate universe.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 9, 2020
Within the context of television series that set out to hold a mirror up to the problems that ail modern society, "Noughts + Crosses" should be a far more uncomfortable, necessary watch in uncertain times of peak racial and social unrest.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 4, 2020
Noughts + Crosses has its issues, but the cast is compelling to watch.
September 4, 2020
Noughts + Crosses is a jarring and vital tale of power, prejudice, rebellion, and betrayal.
April 3, 2020
It's an instructional drama, and a very likeable one. Even if it sometimes falls short of subtlety or complexity, its purpose in prompting audiences of every background to imagine themselves in another skin is still vital.
March 13, 2020
As a love story it's not much cop, and the reason I probably won't watch much more: she's boring and earnest, and he is reedy and insipid.
March 9, 2020
With these exceptional elements, Noughts + Crosses feels like a series on the cusp of greatness. But it doesn't quite get there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 9, 2020
These Noughts + Crosses characters don't yet have complexity and nuance to match its world-building... Even so, this is vital viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 9, 2020
So far, it's sharply adapted and just subtle enough, and the guiltily shocked reaction of Sephy when she accidentally calls someone a "blanker" - the one word guaranteed to get Noughts' hackles up - still resonates.
March 9, 2020
True, it's not exactly subtle, but it makes you notice what, generally, you don't notice because you are white -- or at least, because I am white -- and it is extremely powerful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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