‘Motherland: Fort Salem’ 1x04 Review: “Hail Beltane”

‘Motherland: Fort Salem’ 1×04 Review: “Hail Beltane”

Our core three and the rest of the women and men of Motherland: Fort Salem dived deep into Beltane, a celebration unlike any other in “EPISODE TITLE.” While some were led down a road of manipulation and lies, others experienced new and wonderful things that will change them forever. And others, well, they left us wondering what more is hidden behind a wall of bravado.

Damn It, Raelle

First of all, we don’t have any sympathy for Scylla here. Oh, but she’s the victim, didn’t you see how that random witch choked her out? Oh I saw it, alright. But that doesn’t mean anything. Scylla killed hundreds of people without so much as a blink of an eye. And there’s nothing she can do to make me want her and Raelle to be together. NOTHING. Nada. Zilch. 

I find myself becoming kind of sick when I see Scylla manipulating and lying to Raelle. And this is coming from a queer woman herself. It’s toxic AF and there’s no excuse that can justify shipping these two. In fact, it’s gotten to the point where I think people are shipping them because they’re the only option. And that shouldn’t be a prerequisite for shipping a couple.

If anything, people should be wishing that Raelle finally discovers what Scylla is up to. There are already doubts creeping in Raelle’s mind and its the love that she holds for Scylla, the lying manipulator, that is stopping her from seeing the truth. And we’re over it. Don’t let yourself be blinded by love Raelle.

Scylla is evil. 

No ifs, ands, or buts about it.

Get It Tally

Tally Craven can get it and that’s the damn truth. Don’t believe me? Look back at this episode and how she swept Gerit Buttonwood off his feet. Oh, you thought it was the other way around? Sure, Gerit sent her a magical dick pick and flowers, but it’s Tally who made him succumb to her will with her grace, talent, and poise. 

And we’re so fucking proud of her! (I don’t find myself cursing in my reviews often but it’s needed right about now.) We’re proud that Tally didn’t lose herself in a man. Yeah, she had the hots for Gerit from the start, but if anything, it made her stronger. That’s why she was able to blast through her training like it was nothing. 

There’s just something so natural about the way that Tally embraces magic and the world around her. She’s a talented witch who seems to find being a witch as easy as breathing. And we are here for it. When shit hits the fan, which it will hit it soon, there will be strong and talented witches like Tally Craven to answer the call and protect her witch kind from those that would destroy them.

I’m talking about you Scylla. You don’t have long and I’ve got a feeling that a witch like Tally will be your downfall.

Understanding Abigail

Everything that this young woman does is for her mother. And I mean everything. Hooking up with those boys? For her mom and the family honor. A little twisted? Yes, absolutely. But nonetheless true to the bone. Arguing with Libba Swythe? For her mother. All of it for her and that makes you wonder, what parts of Abigail have we seen yet?

Is the brash and bold version of Abigail the real her? Or is the competitive and rule follower that we’ve seen time and time again? Or do we really not know Abigail at all. Hell, maybe Abigail doesn’t even know herself. And that could absolutely be a possibility when it comes to Abigail Bellweather.

Abigail has never gone against the current. She’s never stood up to her mom or chosen her own way. And I’ve got a feeling that the more time she spends with Tally and Raelle, the more we’ll see the real Abigail emerge. Yes, the real Abigail is tough as nails, no doubt about that. But what if this Abigail is kind, compassionate, and the kind of badass you don’t want to mess with because she’s so multifaceted?

I want to know.

Motherland: Fort Salem airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on Freeform.

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