The first promo for WGN America’s first scripted drama series ‘Salem’ is here, and trust me, it’s full of bewitching goodness.
For those not familiar, the 17th century Massachusetts-based series revolves around the events leading up to the infamous Salem witch trials. Not only does the plot sound extremely inviting (who doesn't love a series about witches?), but so does the cast.
First, we have ‘Revenge’ alum Ashley Madekwe as the ageless and exotic Tituba, in addition to Janet Montgomery in the lead role of sorceress Mary Sibley. We even get the goodness that is ‘Nikita’ star Shane West, who will appear as leading man John Alden. Lastly, we have talented ‘Arrow’ alum Seth Gabel as local aristocrat and lead witch hunter Cotton Mather.
Speaking of Gabel, he narrates the below video and says as Cotton Mather, “If she speaks in ancient unknowable tongue, she be a witch. If he has the devil’s mark, he be a witch.” Later on he announces, “If she uses her beauty to tempt the good people of Salem to commit sins of the flesh, she be a witch.”
Finally, Gabel’s character declares, “You. Will. Burn.” Who else is ready to see the evil goodness that Gabel portrays as Cotton Mather? This looks like one fiery series I’m adding to my TV list.
Be sure to check out the promo below, and catch ‘Salem’s debut in spring 2014.
I'd rather stick to revisionist fiction myself such as Sleepy Hollow, Grimm, Supernatural, Once Upon a Time, etc. Actually, I'm surprised with all of the current fantasy / horror shows on that one of the major networks hadn't pitched a really revised fictional version of Salem. None of us were there, and I realized a long time ago the people who care about history aren't the one's who are making all of the mistakes, and the one's who are making all the mistakes are too arrogant to care one way or the other about history. Since the human race hasn't outgrown prejudice, injustice, cruelty, etc., I really don't want to watch a show that reminds and reinforces the fact that, as schpat put it so well "people are screwed up".
Message Posted On Dec 20th, 2013, 7:07 am
schpat, were you there? If you have lived that long Highlander I appreciate your view.Until then I assume History is flawed, I mean who wants to admit their ancestors were rapists and prudes, because it is written to gloss over certain ideas. History is highly revisionist and one sided. Slavery for example, why are the Scottish and Irish sold into slavery never mentioned? Or the slaves from the Barbary coast raids? "Reports of Barbary raids and kidnappings of those in Italy, Spain, France, Portugal, England, Ireland, Scotland as far north as Iceland exist from between the 16th to the 19th centuries. It is estimated that between 1 million and 1.25 million Europeans were captured by pirates and sold as slaves in Africa during this time period" We know that NOW, but only if you search hard enough. Same is true with the rape involved. " In England, as well as in the early American years, prisoners left in the stocks or pillory overnight were often raped. The punishment was virtually an invitation to rape, with the prisoner firmly anchored and unable to turn his head to see who was behind him.
The general knowledge of such assaults occurring would suggest that judges were just as aware that they were imposing rape as punishment as were Arab harem keepers who more directly imposed rape as punishment. "
Message Posted On Dec 20th, 2013, 12:45 am
Um, what you see in the video is a pillory, not stocks. And while I'm sure rape while subject to being pilloried must have happened (because people are screwed up) it was not a free for all. People were generally pilloried for periods of one or two hours. In one case a criminal was given a choice of punishment between an hour in the pillory and seven years of living in a penal colony, he chose the pillory.
What you talk about does happen in the fiction of George RR Martin though.
Message Posted On Dec 19th, 2013, 1:26 pm
You understand those public stocks acted as double punishment because they also allowed the rape of the individuals thus hobbled. Hopefully we will enjoy that aspect of this period piece. Love that hidden history.