So I recently finish watching Strange Empire, a dark western series set in 1869 about a group of women who fight to survive the Alberta-Montana border and raise their families. I gave it a 4/5 on Netflix, it was interesting seeing the cast of characters trying to hold their own after the men in their town are gruesomely murdered. But I feeling silly thinking that this series was going to be about anything else. You can watch the trailer here.
You see, the town where the series takes place is called Janestown and with a the promotion art for the series I thought the story was going to a about a man who ends up in a western town run by women. Why this confusion? The way Netflix presented the series.
Even the Netflix cover art doesn't show the main cast of protagonist women trying to fight to survive, but the antagonist, John Slotter, a violent mine owner who, in the series, looked like he owned the town.
Even the title 'Strange Empire', with it's upside down 'A' reminisce an upside down world, and the man on the picture recalls a stranger in a strange land. So yeah, all of these visual cues tell a story, which for someone like me was a dark western where a stranger arrives to this strange upside down empire, called Janestown, and comes face to face with a matriarchal society, à la Wicker Man. But this series does not reflex the thumbnail. It feels a bit misleading to me.
So is Strange Empire good? It's an interesting historical series about the hard life of women in the 19th century far west. So I give it the score of 4/5 stars. So what about you, did you see the series? If so what did you guys think? What did you expect when watching this series?
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