Series Title: Queen Sono
Cast: Pearl Thusi, Vuyo Dabula, Kate Liquorish, Loyiso Madinga
Directors: Kagiso Lediga, Tebogo Malope
Genre: Action Thriller Girl
Boss Rating: 8.5/10
I have watched the entire season three times already in the two weeks since its release and if anyone else invites me to watch with them, I am there! This series is that good.
It is that kind of a series, it is worth watching more than once and it is also a binge worthy series. You will definitely appreciate it better the second time around, because this series has layers. And I rate it highly not because it is a local series but because it really is that good.
If you haven’t seen the series, what are you waiting for??!!
First off, Pearl Thusi carries that series so, so well, like a female James Bond, in fact Pearl Thusi should be the next Bond Girl!
The series is only 6 episodes deep at this time, I assume there will be more episodes from how it ended. It is fast-paced series but it also goes deep in terms of character development and the themes it touches on. I can’t wait to learn more about the characters as the series goes deeper. It is definitely set up in a way that characters can be developed through very interesting and twisted story lines.
Things I loved:
- The series has layers and so do the characters, at the end of the 6 episodes, Queen Sono is quite developed and her layers are explored. But we definitely get the sense that there is more, waaay more. Just like all humans, Queen Sono has insecurities, she loves, she hurts, she fronts, she is passionate. It is difficult to say after just 6 episodes what her driving issue is, but she evidently cares about more than one issue…is it her mother or is it her passion for her country…is it revenge?…what about her father?…so much more juiciness to come for sure.
- The series explores so many important issues we need to talk about and confront as Africans, from the role of charismatic churches in communities, complexities in the transition into democracies, corrupt politicians, commodities that STILL benefit western businesses and not the people. Why do Africans feel powerless to decide what to do with their own resources and who governs the country?
- Women can lead and carry action series. Queen Sono and her nemesis, Russian mafia-type boss Ekatarina, are perfect and their strength was moulded by patriarchy but they are still proudly female and reject the boxes patriarchy tried to put them in.
- The acting is excellent all round, there isn’t an actor I found to be lacking. Each character’s storyline seems to have a reason, although some of the storylines are less developed than others, such as the role played by Enhle Mbali, I am looking forward to seeing how her storyline and character develop.
- The rebel group led by Vuyo Dabula’s character is probably one of my favourite explorations in this story. It is an EFF outside of governance. Africa clearly needs change in leadership and ideology…but what next? What ideology will lead to an Africa where her people are not longer characterized by poverty and war?
It is a very human but exciting story. If you enjoy series like Black List and even Homeland, you will enjoy this series. They even had a scene that made me recall the first fight scene in South Korea in Black Panther movie. The one thing I think they could improve on is to have more twists, like mindblowing, unexpected twists in the storyline, make it completely unexpected and add an element of total unpredictability