KINDRED: SEASON ONE
Starring: Mallori Johnson, Micah Stock, Ryan Kwanten, Gayle Rankin, Austin Smith, and David Alexander Kaplan
Creator: Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Kindred, which is essentially Outlander: Antebellum, starts off like gangbusters, setting up an intriguing mystery with horrifying stakes. However, as the show goes on, it mostly abandons the more interesting setups to become a fairly straightforward soap opera. It rarely asks the tough questions about how a modern African American woman would navigate being a slave in the 1800s, and to be frank, the way plantation life is depicted is heavily sanitized, which really undermines the gravity and fear of the situation. Still, overall, it’s more of a missed opportunity than a failure, and I’ll likely come back for Season Two.