'The Village': NBC's family drama showcases powerful leading women who know exactly how to run the world
The upcoming family drama invests itself in powerful women characters from an elderly matriarch to a pregnant teen, and there's no unloving that
The trailer of 'The Village' took us on an emotional journey when it was released, and while we know what to expect now from NBC's upcoming drama (a lot of sad tears and happy ones), the show has a standout factor, unlike any other — strong female matriarchs.
The family drama is definitely fraught with real-world issues, such as PTSD, ICE threat, ageism and more, but they have looped in strong leading ladies to tackle all this. The described "matriarch" of the residential building, which is called 'The Village', is Lorraine Toussaint’s character, Patricia. She is a social worker and a go-to person for everyone in the building. Her loving relationship with her husband Ron is evident in the posters and trailers released, where he tells her, "You're an organ in my body, woman. If you fail, I fail."
Ron and Patricia have been together for a long time and both have taken up the parental role for people living in the building. In a recent powerful interview, Toussaint said, "This may be one of the characters that’s closest to who I am, probably the aspects of myself that most people don’t get to see […] I’m not bossing anyone, I’m not the head of the CIA, I’m not a prisoner, I’m a woman."
Patricia indeed echoes what's it like to be a woman, from helping those in need to keeping her problems to herself in order to spare heartaches, she is always looking out for others at her own stake and she is also the woman who taught Katie (Grace Van Dien) how to crochet. The reason why the crochet is important is because we see Katie cut the fence and weave a heart-shaped crochet which explains the theme of the series, "Love is a thread that connects us all." But beyond that, young Katie wants to spread a message of love with her artwork and it sure is impactful when we see the city onlookers standby taking a moment to appreciate the artwork, as well as take pictures of it.
Katie is a teenager who we meet in the trailer, and a daughter of Sarah, a single mother and a nurse. The mother-daughter duo portrays powerful matriarchs in their own rights. Sarah works hard to provide enough for her daughter, so much so that her daughter blames herself for her mother's less-than-happening life. Michaela McManus exclusively told MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) that as a mother herself, she connected to Sarah. She is "tough, independent and resilient with an open heart. She’s someone who has to work really hard to support herself and her daughter and I think that makes her a character a lot of people can relate to."
The bond between Sarah and Katie is evident, but it takes a heartwarming turn when it is revealed that Katie is pregnant, just like Sarah was when she was a teenager. As Katie breaks the news, Sarah hugs her and says, "You, were my radical good thing," in the trailer, to the backdrop of the song 'What Do You Love' by Seeb (featuring Jacob Banks). Katie hersel, is in a fix about her pregnancy but with all the powerful matriarchs on the show, we know she's in good hands, surrounded by fierce women characters.
Talking about fierce, there's Ava (Moran Atias), an Iranian immigrant who is trying to avoid being detained by ICE, all while protecting her US-born son. Fighting for justice, and her baby, Ava is helped by her neighbors through the process.
In a recent interview, Atias said, "The first episode of the show I get arrested and detained for perhaps entering the country with illegal paperwork, facing deportation and a big decision whether I leave my son here or fight it. And how I do I fight it is thanks to this big-hearted lady that is really teaching me what can I do legally and most importantly, how can I not give up.”
With a plethora of amazing woman characters the show has in store, it would be unfair to compare it with any of its predecessors, because, anyway, there is nothing more empowering than women lifting each other up and these characters certainly know how to do it.
'The Village' premieres at 10 pm on March 19 and will air following 'This Is Us' for three weeks, then move to the 9 pm slot starting April 9.