Knit to This: The Underground Railroad

May 29, 2021

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  • Based on a recent NPR interview with the on-set therapist brought in by the director to help the actors process the difficult scenes, one episode, and sometimes even just one sequence, at a time might be enough. Her recommendation is to watch it at your own pace. I highly recommend listening to the discussion before watching. I believe it was on 1A. The series is brilliant. But realistic. Deserving of much thought and attention.

    • You always have such good things to watch. Thank you for the heads up on shows.

      • Stunning TV; good advice to pace the viewing. Re-reading the novel…

    • I listened to that interview on NPR too and agree. Be prepared to feel some difficult emotions

  • Thanks soooo much for something that’s on amazon (vs netflix)! We don’t get netflix (yet) and are always on the lookout for episodic recommendations. Always enjoy your reviews, though, even when I can’t enjoy the actual show!

  • Our country is at such a crossroads about how we “treat” each other. Love and understanding of each other comes from learning and not being afraid of our differences. We should be celebrating our differences as much as we embrace our love of colors and different knitting and craft projects and designers.

  • the title is knit to this: and yet you tell us not to knit to this. bit confusing, but yeah, important to watch.

    • Most of the entertainment (TV, movies, books, etc) heads-ups from us get corralled under this heading. Luckily, it’s just a loose grouping and not a strict law. 🙂

  • I haven’t seen Underground Railroad but it’s on my list. I have seen Mare which has taken the world bY storm. I am on a FB group constantly discussing the possibilities of the ending. We are waiting with mixed emotions because we hate to see great TV end. Why can’t we have more of these incredibly wonderful TV dramas – just love the story and the outstanding performances!

  • I started watching “The underground Railroad” and the show simply does not reflect what the REAL underground railroad far. It literally shows an actual railroad, tracks, engine and all that runs underground. That is not true. The underground railroad was a group of people trying to save the slaves and help them get north to freedom. If they are going to do it, do it right! Don’t change history. It also infers that Black were not even allowed in North Carolina. Again, not true. North Carolina had slaves also. I’m afraid to watch much further to see what else they changed.

    • The book the show is based on includes some magical realist or SF elements, like the actual railroad. It’s not meant to be a purely factual history of the experience of slavery and escape.

    • Mary Ellen, definitely give the book a read. It is not a history, more as Megan says magical realism/imagined past. But it’s beautifully written and a compelling read.

    • I started watching Mare’ and I will probably finish it, the acting and production basis are good but I don’t find it compelling.

  • Wow. I haven’t seen an image as lush as that shot of the hands since the opening scene of Howards End (movie) when Vanessa Redgrave trailed her dark blue peau de soie train through wet grass.

  • I was so excited for this series, until I discovered it is surrealistic fiction with an actual railroad under the ground. Nope. Maybe if it were more completely and obviously FSF…maybe, or perhaps a momentary dream sequence set in a more historically accurate tale. As it is, I’m from Maryland, the state that produced Harriet Tubman, who found her way to freedom on the real Underground Railroad, of which there’s still much to learn and tell. This series/book has loads of fans, but I’m not among them.

  • Wish I had listened to the NPR interview before tuning in on Amazon. I couldn’t even make it through the first episode.