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Chapter 10: Mabel
In this tale of motherhood, the beginning is the end is the beginning... for both mother and daughter.

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Chapter 9: Indiana Winter
Cora's presence as a fugitive ignites tensions amongst the Valentine community. Just as she was beginning to make this her home, chaos reigns.

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Chapter 8: Indiana Autumn
Royal brings Cora to Valentine Farm, a thriving Black community and vineyard on the bountiful Indiana frontier. Carrying the scars of her journey, Cora struggles to find peace in this new home.

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Chapter 7: Fanny Briggs
Let the fire burn.

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Chapter 6: Tennessee - Proverbs
For Arnold Ridgeway, a journey home reveals that "the past is not past." And a chance encounter with a freedman named Royal gives Cora new hope.

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Chapter 5: Tennessee - Exodus
Captured by Ridgeway, Cora is forced to travel across the barren inferno of Tennessee. She shares the perilous journey with Jasper, a noble runaway filled with inner-strength.

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Chapter 4: The Great Spirit
A young Arnold Ridgeway comes of age while testing his belief in The Great Spirit.

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Chapter 2: South Carolina
Griffin, South Carolina

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The William Still Story
William Still was determined to get as many runaways as he could to Freedom's Land, so he smuggled them across the US border to Canada.

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Pulsating with raw emotional power, "Underground Railroad", a PBS series from 2021, is a definitive testament to the indomitable resilience of the human spirit amidst unimaginable adversity. The series, derived from Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, trades upon an alternate historical backdrop where the 19th-century Underground Railroad, a clandestine network of secret routes and safe houses used by slaves to escape to free regions, is a literal one with locomotives, tracks, and conductors. The series immediately pulls viewers into the onerous journey of Cora Randall played with extraordinary eloquence by South African actress, Thuso Mbedu. Cora, a young enslaved woman desperate for freedom, sets upon a perilous escape in Georgia’s savage plantations. With danger lurking at every corner, Cora's journey through the series remains an engaging exploration of both the physical and psychological landscapes of an America betrayed by its own founding principles. The narrative seams are deliberately slow to unfold, given the harrowing setting it deals with. The meticulously curated episodes are not merely a chronicle of Cora's route to freedom but also a profound contemplation on slavery, racial identity, and human hopes. The series maintains a fine balance between the realism embedded in its narrative and the speculative nature of its premise. The creators elongate moments of discomfort, pulling the viewer into Cora’s world of uncertainty, fear, and the desperate yearning for a deceptively elusive freedom. A standout feature of the series is its striking examination of the duality of the human condition. Characters are nuanced, with complex layers that are revealed as the series progresses. Each of them, including the relentless bounty hunter Arnold Ridgeway, portrayed by the incredibly suave Joel Edgerton and Caesar, played by a remarkably sensitive actor, Aaron Pierre, elicit empathy and provoke contemplation on the nature of evil and the vagueries of morality. The series boasts an exceptional degree of visual mastery, testament to the creative genius of Oscar-winning director Barry Jenkins. Underground Railroad is a visual magnet, gripping from the start and ceaselessly engaging, with an immersive cinematography that heightens the narrative's emotional intensity. The juxtaposition of breath-taking landscapes and desolate quarters echoes with the contrasting themes of hope amidst pervasive despair. James Laxton’s camera does not beckon, it commands attention, daring viewers to face the monstrous reality of America’s past. With its unflinching graphic detail, the series does not hesitate to shed light on the brutalities, injustice, and gruesomely inhumane aspects of slavery. However, it also thrusts under the spotlight the heroism of those individuals who defied the odds, rebelling against their oppressive circumstances with stirring courage, intelligence, and indescribable fortitude. The haunting musical score composed by Nicholas Britell permeates the series, further intensifying its dramatic ambiances and carrying the audience deeper into Cora's quest for freedom. Each note resonates with the narrative's poignancy and serves to magnify the emotional impact on viewers. "Underground Railroad" manages to transcend its historical context, touching upon timeless and universal themes such as the longing for freedom, survival against the odds, the fight against oppression, and the importance of human dignity. The series offers an immersive experience that helps highlight the historical atrocity of slavery while emphasizing the strength and endurance of those who suffered under its yoke. All in all, "Underground Railroad" is a compelling series that navigates the terrains of history, humanity, and hope with profound sensitivity and unmatched adeptness. Filled with riveting performances and unforgettable storytelling, the series offers viewers a truly transformational journey into America’s grim past and the invaluable lessons it holds for contemporary society. This is not a show that glosses over uncomfortable truths, but rather, it faces the darkness of history head-on, showing us both the abyss of human cruelty and the incredible capacity for resilience and hope.

Underground Railroad is a series categorized as a currently airing. Spanning 1 seasons with a total of 9 episodes, the show debuted on 2013. The series has earned a moderate reviews from both critics and viewers. The IMDb score stands at 7.5.

Thuso Mbedu, Chase Dillon, Joel Edgerton
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