Queen Sono: Season 1 (2020)


Season 1
Queen Sono

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Queen Sono's twisty, taut thrills are matched with epic action sequences and soapy delights, making Netflix's first South African series a smashing good time.

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Critic Ratings: 11

63%

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User Ratings: 41

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Air date: Feb 28, 2020

Elite spy Queen Sono fulfills an intelligence mission in Zanzibar and makes a shocking discovery about Hendrikus, the man imprisoned for her mother's murder.

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Air date: Feb 28, 2020

Elton Davenport's past comes to light after Queen's reconnaissance mission in Harare unravels; on the heels of tragedy, Ekaterina makes a deal with Shandu.

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Air date: Feb 28, 2020

Pretending to be a journalist, Queen interviews Ekaterina and puts herself in harm's way; Shandu wrestles with his loyalties.

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Air date: Feb 28, 2020

In her early days with the Special Operations Group, Queen and Shandu risk their lives protecting a corrupt deputy president.

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Air date: Feb 28, 2020

When the Johannesburg train station is attacked, Ekaterina spots an opportunity; Queen confronts Sid about her mother's death.

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Air date: Feb 28, 2020

Queen and her teammates take matters into their own hands to stop an attack; a dangerous visitor knocks on Mazet's door.

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Cast & Crew

Pearl Thusi
Queen Sono

Actor
Vuyo Dabula
Shandu

Actor
Shane John Kruger
Roelof Botha

Actor
Natasha Loring
Sarah

Actor
Sechaba Morojele
Dr. Sid

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Loyiso Madinga
Fred

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Rob van Vuuren
Viljoen

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Kate Liquorish
Ekaterina Gromova

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Kagiso Lediga
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Tamsin Andersson
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Critic Reviews for Queen Sono: Season 1

Audience Reviews for Queen Sono: Season 1

  • Oct 31, 2021
    Reasonably entertaining despite not being the highest quality. I'll likely watch the next season. Once again, it's refreshing to get a perspective outside of the U.S.A.
  • Sep 11, 2020
    The show was smart and action packed with a kick-ass female lead (literally). The beautiful views of many major cities throughout the continent of Africa was a welcomed surprise. I look forward to season 2. My only criticism is the unnecessary amount of profanity used by everybody! Sometimes the unleashing of the "F" bomb made no sense at all. Overall, it was a great experience.
  • Jul 19, 2020
    Mediocre at best and stereotypical, this show has an interesting premise and great promise. The lack of funding is shown throughout the show and acting is flat or over the top. However, the plot is interesting; Pearl Thusi is great as the lead and shines above everyone else; some scenes have really great fusion of cinematography and score; and with more funding and better casting, this show may stay with us for long.
  • Jul 02, 2020
    Can appreciate the technical aspects only ! The portraits are horrible especially from the lead character and the rest even not that par with a average B movie.
  • Jun 07, 2020
    Very heart stopping....it's like a book you cannot put down.... could not believe all the episodes were over.... I loved every minute of it.
  • May 14, 2020
    Like a great airport novel. Fast, sexy, often funny, soapy, topical, informative, fun. Would like to have more of the feel and flavour of Africa.
  • Mar 28, 2020
    Amazing movie... Amazing storyline and thumbs-up Netflix for a cool show. However, sometimes I find the conversations very shallow. I'll give the plot and storyline a 9.5/10; the Action a 7/10; dialogue gets a 4/10 and the professionalism of the casts, would get a 6/10..hence the 4-star review
  • Mar 16, 2020
    Queen Sono – an uneven mess For about two minutes I was seduced by Queen Sono's incredible cinematography, vibrant colour treatment, fresh styling, beautiful people and director, Kagiso Lediga's love letter to Joburg, and Africa. Then it all came crashing down. The dialogue is peppered with corny Hollywood one-liners (I've got this! Let's go get'em!), rather sexist tropes (If you're going to be a bitch, you know, just be a bitch. Commit.) and baffling stereotypes (And they say the Zulu's are bad). To not even mention the convoluted and boring monologues on race relations, gender politics, etc. If you have something to say, show us, don't tell us. (Are you too much of a man to be led by a woman? Why be a mere man? Help me rebuild this continent and I will make you an emperor when it is borne again. Vitali kept you in the shadows. Come walk with me in the light with your head held high…) The storytelling is all over the place. A beautifully shot scene in an open pit diamond mine, had me sitting up. The images of the mud-smeared miners immediately evoked empathy towards these exploited men. But then they are rounded up and addressed by their new leader in, wait for it, English. It made no sense in that setting. As Queen, an agent known for her volatility, walks into a very dangerous situation, she is told via microphone, that her mother's killer has just passed away? Really? Queen is chewed out by her sidekick for being reckless, but praised for good work a split second later, without a pause, or a reason for the deviation. The same goes for her boss reprimanding her, then offering her a shoulder to cry on a second later. It leaves your head spinning. When Charlize Theron trained for Atomic Blond, she insisted they only use moves that an actual woman could perform to overpower men physically stronger than her. Queen Sono apparently packs quite the punch, because she easily knocks out dudes twice her size, all the while looking cool, but emitting very OTT grunts. The action in an action series needs to be believable, not? Or so grandiose, that it becomes part of the charm? In District 9 all the different groups were initially made into caricatures, from the Afrikaners, to the Nigerians. Halfway through they morphed into something more. You saw past their stereotypical traits and witnessed them grow. In Queen Sono the stereotyping abounds, but it stays one dimensional. The Greeks are corrupt and sleezy. The Russians are cold and clinical. When Queen visits the white trash family there is the Klippies & Coke in plastic cups, exaggerated accents, the obligatory braai on a built-in braai, the car with open bonnet by the front gate and of course, the Vierkleur-flag. Loyiso Madinga's normally lovely South African accent is replaced by something so comical it sounds like his voice was dubbed. I winced every time he opened his mouth. There was one heart-warming and totally authentic scene, and had the series contained more of this, one could've forgiven it its flaws. Queen goes to visit her mother's grave along with her grandmother, played by the incredible Abigail Kubeka. You are immediately in awe of this icon. They lovingly spar, as granddaughters and grandmothers do, then drive to granny's house. The trip is a hoot, as granny is half blind, but more importantly, not interested in driving on the right side of the road. Queen hilariously eyes her granny, the road and then tries the safety belt, which of course, has not worked in years. Pearl's comedic chops are showcased here, but also on the stoep, when granny goes on about gays needing to be fixed and whether Queen is perhaps a prostitute. I could've watched a whole episode of them on the stoep.
  • Mar 14, 2020
    Derivative and unoriginal to the point of being laughable. Writers should be ashamed, as should the people who greenlit this shit. What an awesome opportunity for South Africa to shine, only to be wasted on taking every secret agent show stereotype and setting them in Africa. Pathetic. The worst thing, however, is how well this is doing. I guess the producers of the show knew what they were doing when they made a show appealing to the lowest common denominator.
  • Mar 12, 2020
    Riveting. Thrilling. An action packed delight lead by the incomparable Pearl Thusi. The ensemble cast is not overshadowed or underutilized. Great series from Kagiso Lediga

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