I’ve always had a special interest in the Salem Witch Trials, as a wiccan enthusiast and avid history buff. I’ve seen The Crucible more times than I can count both on stage and on screen. The crucible and the Salem Witch trials as a whole have been used in many political science classes and I’m sure many others as a prime example of what panic and fear can do to a community.
Throughout history when the government was searching for communists or terrorists we caution them not to start a “witch hunt” advising our present day rulers not to make the mistakes of the past. The Salem Witch trials, for me has always been a favorite subject to research.
As usual my Saturday morning was spent scanning through my Netflix queue wondering what new show I wanted to see. I just finished watching Ozark and was in a period of mourning for my loss of something to watch.
Enter Salem, a show that initially I’d assumed would be a repeat of the cast and crew of the crucible. Opening several years before the show explores the lives of Mary Walcott and John Aldan, young lovers being forced apart by the cruel George Sibley, head and councilor of the selectmen board, and one of the founders of Salem. John was being sent to fight in the French and Indian war leaving Mary in Salem alone.
Before the end of episode One we see that she and slave Tituba magically abort the baby she carried by John to protect them both form the persecution of the puritans. Years passed and we see the Mary has married the wicked George Sibley but also, has become a witch embarking on her grand rite. Of course John comes back to complicate things. The retelling of the Salem Witch trials plays out with the witches being behind it all. A secret which means the noose if it was revealed.
I’ve gotten my boyfriend hooked and so as of now we’re re-watching season One. Each episode is approximately an hour so I’ve made it to episode 6. It comes on WGN but all 3 seasons are currently on Netflix. I read somewhere a petition was going around to get the show back on air as it was cancelled after season 3.
That will be a burden for a few weeks from now when I’ve finished binge watching the first 3 seasons.
Have you seen Salem? What did you think? Will you be signing the petition? Let us know in the comments below!