Audiences are getting #LockedIn #slave #drama! Compelling #storylines are coming #hard and #fast to BIG and small screens EVERYWHERE!!!!
I can’t look away! My nerves get rattled watching humans in chains…being brutally beaten…the spirit whipped right out of their souls….
The sharp sound of a #whip cutting into flesh… is disturbing… #Imagine… the horrendous stinging sensation ..how it felt like #fire…🔥 down into the white meat…#burning…#SoPainful!!!!
Don’t be surprised if you start dipping and dodging in your seat during #chase scenes…
#Bloodhounds are yelping..and rushing up fast on escaped slaves. Runaways are probably #terrified! They’re sprinting for their lives..through wooded areas & murky creeks..
A pack of blood thirsty hounds are ready to tear frightened slaves apart…*** R U N!!!! ***
Underground is keeping it REAL when it comes to getting down to the nitty gritty of what SLAVE life was like every day..on southern plantations.
This show focuses on a plantation in Macon, Georgia… and seven slaves who decided enough was enough…so they escaped.
The group known as the “Macon seven” takes us along with them…on this tedious journey. Tempers flare..danger is EVERYWHERE …and plans change every second! I’m glued to the screen… with no intention of disconnecting from this show..-until- I can see what the end will be…🎬 and -YES- …the hardships…and tense situations…unfolding on screen each week…really happened in the Deep South..in THESE United States of America.
Someone out there in cyberspace: Did Slaves REALLY go through these kind of horrible situations?How do you know???
Me: I’m glad you asked..: “The proof can be found in a number of legal documents, slave narratives, old newspaper articles, fliers, old diaries, written family documents, letters, books, county court records, business records, church documents… and of course stories passed down from generation to generation…”
Researchers working on UNDERGROUND have gone the extra mile.. to make SURE an accurate presentation is reflected for the audience.
Watching historic events..re-enacted and scripted for an action drama on television: #priceless! UNDERGROUND on WGN is one of the most DRAMATIC and COMPELLING *NEW* television programs… I’ve seen in a good while…If you haven’t seen it.. Check your local listings NOW!!!
You know it’s really good… when you suck in your breath..and sit at the edge of your seat…with your mouth wide open. Guess what?? You’ll probably do this..in the first 3 minutes of -every- episode!
The show gets to the meat of the matter quick! ~ #CutToTheChase! Pump up the natural #BloodHoundSound:
-Oh yeah- It’s just that compelling. I’m a BIG #history buff.. and I must say… I was intrigued with the #authenticity of even the smallest details…
I remember learning in elementary school music class..in Atlanta, Ga…that secret escape plans for slaves looking to RUN away..was #communicated through song…those soul stirring #negro #spirituals!
I doubt kids are learning this kind of thing now..which is why #television shows like this one…are important. #Powerful #teaching moments for EVERYBODY! People of all ages.. As AMERICANS… we need to know ALL aspects of US History:
The #GOOD… The #BAD… and the #UGLY
I remember taking my niece and nephews on walks..and getting them to feel #moss on trees. I wanted them to experience what slaves searched for in woods…under the cover of #darkness…at night.
Runaway Slaves touched tree trunks all along the way…rubbing each one to feel for the smooth texture of moss..to make sure they were headed #NORTH to freedom..
We also talked about how slaves looked up in the #sky at night…and followed the #NorthStar …to make sure they were headed in the right direction… I taught my niece and nephew how certain #lanterns… and hanging #quilts let slaves know if a house was safe to stop by…on the #UndergroundRailroad.
These… and several other #authentic #facts are consistently introduced to viewers…during every #thrilling moment of UNDERGROUND
#Modern day musical beats are used in this #1800’s #period piece… and it works out quite well.
The sound of heavy breathing is cleverly *mixed* in transitional music sound tracks…making action scenes… and #suspenseful moments –-Un-for-get-able!–
A few times.. you might even start “shushing “the TV… “#Shhhh!!!!” I found myself saying out loud to #characters on the #screen: “Oh my gosh!!! they’re going to hear you… and you’re going to get caught!!!”
Note to self:
**** Just simmer down now..***
Then comes that #awkward moment when you realize…it’s just a #TV show…and the heavy breathing..is #woven perfectly into the #musical sound track…and the few lines of #rap.. you hear..are NOT the #characters communicating… just smooth editing… ~Ahh–ha!~
#Edgy…#Innovative…and #smart! ~I like that!!!~ Specially crafted elements that give this show a #distinct #identity… so it can’t be dismissed.. as just another non discript…depressing…degrading and boring SLAVE SHOW. It’s a lot MORE than that folks…
I can imagine some people formed opinions in their minds..before even watching..Uh huh... I know..but I’m here to tell you.. that this project is definitely #MUST SEE TV!📺
After 12 years a slave won several #AcademyAwards..and other #recognitions…🏆 and when D’jango unchained got #top reviews– It seemed as though the gates burst wide open in a mad rush to make other #big #budget slave themed productions. 📄
If slave stories struck Oscar gold once… Studio execs…and producers believed there should be MORE golden opportunities in them thar plantation hills!!! ⛰
Before you know it…#scripts 📑were cranking out left and right.. I’m just glad African-American Actors 🎭 are finally getting work!
The huge #cast is giving NEW TALENT several opportunities for speaking parts! Cut to the end of ye old negro spiritual: “Alleluia!!!” ⛅️
The regular show date for #UNDERGROUND is on #WGN 📺Wednesday’s… #Encore performances are the norm.. so you can record the series, or dig into your ON DEMAND cable listings.. and see ALL the episodes… Trust me… It’s always better to know the whole story.. and back story lines.
I’m telling you.. this #drama will suck you in.. make you wince, #squint and #gasp.. At the end of it ALL…You might start acting like I did.. tapping….and shaking your foot.. saying to yourself: “Oh my GOSH! you mean to tell me I’ve got to wait another week to see if they make it??”– “Ahhhh mannn!!!” That kind of reaction..ladies and gentlemen… is what network executives, producers, and crew members need to know…to keep fighting for this #unique type of #programming to stay on the air!
The #creation of a number of high #quality shows.. are putting little known #cable #channels.. like WGN back on the map!
You know we’re talking about a hit… when people have to research cable listings… to find this hidden **GEM** Folks are punching unfamiliar numbers on remote controls… determined to find the station.
Another great thing in this show’s favor.. is #aggressive word of mouth #promotion…and the #buzz generated on #socialmedia.
Now that the word is out… A lot of people don’t want to miss a moment!
~That’s right!~ reason enough for you to have a seat……wait a second..get your family… and friends together..to have SEVERAL SEATS…and WATCH!!!
#Bravo! 👏🏾 to production for revealing the tracking methods slave catchers used to trap runaways.. We get to see a typical set up inside THE BIG HOUSE…in the outside kitchen…and slave quarters…workshops..etc. We even see how #hogs were slaughtered for meal preparations…and how original candy recipes were made from scratch..and perfected over an open fire..
We learn how slaves served the master… and his family. Carefully #choreographing movements to place food on the table. Even the youngest slave children had work to do…things like…#waving gigantic feathers to keep #SouthernBelles #cool…
House slaves moved about the BIG HOUSE… silently and swiftly.. almost like they were…invisible.
You watch tight knit slave families..living in tiny slave quarters. You can feel the #love shared between family members… and the #devotion and #faith they had in God. You also get a true sense of the hurt and pain they faced with tragedies..
The most heart wrenching moments are when families are ripped apart…and sold… as human #chattel…
It’s deep. Heavy story lines take your breath away… The #actors #perform these roles so well.. that you have to blink… just to make sure you didn’t REALLY FALL BACK in TIME…🕰
After 12 years a slave won several oscars, and a number of other awards… We started to hear talk about a LOT of #dramatic productions… based on slavery. Subject matter that still makes people uncomfortable… and highly #emotional to this very day.
***Here’s the thing*** This is a part of #history that was slowly but surely being overlooked. For a time… It seemed like people were trying to minimize this #horrific experience… and simply pretend as though it never happened… but it did. This part of history has somehow disappeared out of several #HistoryBooks… not to mention the fact that it’s not really taught in school..or apart of many lesson plans…
As a result… younger generations of all #nationalities know very little… if anything about slavery… Again…I think EVERYBODY needs to watch this show! All walks of life…
Personally.. I have a great appreciation for period productions. I have been deeply moved..at beautifully crafted stories from the Renaissance period, Victorian era, ALL World wars, Biblical productions–B.C and AD.. the roaring 20’s… 30’s, 40’s..the Great Depression, prohibition, Harlem Renaissance, The Civil rights era… and of course the Civil War. It’s all fascinating!
As far as this production on Slavery is concerned.. Many will agree that it’s #educational…and the storylines are #STRONG! It finally gives African-American actors an opportunity to show great range.
The #characters are extremely #diverse…representing various ages #attitudes #complexions..and #different points of view about day to day experiences in the big house, and working under the blazing sun…☀️out in the fields. #Cameras take you right into the middle of all the back breaking action. All these years later, African Americans still suffer from the emotional scars of slavery. There has been long lasting damage to family structures..self esteem concerns…inferiority and trust issues..divisiveness between blacks..and of course various forms of #racism.. Just think.. African Americans who live and breathe in 2016… are just a few great grand parents away.. from ancestors who were captured from #Africa…transported overseas..in deplorable conditions..and forced to work in #bondage.. for over 200 years.
Absolutely AMAZING…and that’s why UNDERGROUND will never get boring.. because there are so MANY compelling stories of #survival #hardship #loyalty #mentalCruelty #deceit #trust #faith #unity #danger #adventure #courage #courtship & #love ❤️…
Other NEW productions based on slavery…soon be released include: Birth of a Nation… A look into the life of Nat Turner..A film about Harriet Tubman starring Viola Davis, The revival of ROOTS for television. A show called Mercy Street also includes story lines involving enslaved characters working in …and around civil war hospitals.
In additional to theatrical productions… Tourism and Riverboat cruises to REAL Slave plantations… have increased.
The most popular Riverboat cruises are in Tennessee and Louisiana. Well known guided tours include Boone Hall plantation..in Mount Pleasant, SC, Magnolia plantation in Charleston SC..and Monticello in Charlottesville VA.
Monticello was owned by Thomas Jefferson.. who reportedly owned hundreds of slaves in his lifetime. It’s been revealed that Jefferson produced several children with one of his mulatto…slaves known as Sally Hennings…Since then..the Black and white sides of the Jefferson family..have been in contact…and participating in reunions over the years.
Some plantations are NOW sponsoring overnight stays for visitors in Slave quarters. Historic accounts are given by the ancestors of the very slaves… who lived and worked on those plantations… Sounds like great reality TV doesn’t it?
Another little known fact in American History is that 12 former US presidents were slave owners. Half of them actually operated plantations…with working slaves.. while they were in office.
In fact..the chief residence of American presidents known as THE WHITE HOUSE in Washington, DC was built by BLACK SLAVES... A bit of this history was included in the movie “Lincoln.”
Hmmm… It appears..there really is a LOT of information regarding slavery yet to be explored… Historical details are ripe for picking EVEN MORE compelling theatrical productions… #StayTuned!
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UNDERGROUND had been rated with 4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of 5 Stars
Program Summary: Underground centers on a group of slaves planning a daring 600-mile escape from a Georgia plantation. Along the way, they are aided by a secret abolitionist couple running a station on the Underground Railroad as they attempt to evade the people charged with bringing them back, dead or alive.
Episode duration: 60 minutes