'Motherland: Fort Salem' Pilot off to a good start as fans identify strongly with its female characters
If the fan's reactions are anything to go by, then the premiere of 'Motherland: Fort Salem' is a hit. Fans watching the show have been passionate in their responses to the series' first episode, loving everything from the stunning visuals, the representation of queerness and people of color, strong female characters, and of course, the Raelle Collar (Taylor Hickson) and Scylla (Amalia Holm) ship. A recurring theme in the comments that ties everything together is how much fans of the show relate to the characters that 'Motherland: Fort Salem' features.
Reactions came in early, as one user on Twitter wrote, "It's been 10 minutes and I'm attached to these girls." Another fan tweeted their appreciation for the show's strong, female characters: "I haven’t this excited about a TV premiere in a long while. You’ve got me so, so hooked already, #Motherland. Just give me ALL the shows with powerful women. Always." One fan noted, "This show is like someone took every queer girls dream journal and made it come to life, I love it so much. "
Fans were vocal and frank about what about the show worked for them. Replying to a Twitter user who claimed they would much prefer a John Wayne movie to 'Motherland: Fort Salem,' believing those movies were more grounded in reality, a fan wrote, "John Wayne gave an artificial view of manhood, infused with pseudo-patriotism & racism. That crap fuels some of the worst evils we have today in the world. As a Navy Veteran and a Witch I am very much looking forward to this show because of the story I think it will tell."
They were not the only veterans to be enjoying the show, as during the training montage scene, one fan wrote, "This is making me miss My Drill Sergeants from Basic! The Memories of my only female Drill Sergeant Quince. Good Times!"
The military aspect of the show has gotten a lot of appreciation, overall, as one viewer tweeted, "Drill Sergeant Anacostia. Yes. All the yes. These women in charge have my full attention. These three new recruits have my affection. You are everything I’ve been looking for in a show, #Motherland. I can’t wait to see this whole season."
Fans also found relatability in the more everyday aspects of the characters, as well. "Tally is me when my sisters are arguing. Always trying to be the peacemaker" said one viewer. Another tweeted, "I am getting so many relatable standoffish vibes from Raelle."
'Motherland: Fort Salem' is off to a strong start. As one fan put it, "My entire body is alight right now. This is the show we need. This is the show I've been waiting for."
The next episode of 'Motherland: Fort Salem' airs March 25, on Freeform.