The CW’s Sarah Republic attempted to build its own country in Monday’s debut – but did the new drama get your vote for independence?
Before I give your opinion, a quick recap: The series takes place in the small town of Greylock, New Hampshire, which begins to garner a lot of attention when the mineral coltan is discovered beneath its lands. Soon Lydon Industries mining trucks arrive, ready to destroy the picturesque hamlet and the people’s property in the name of greed. Understandably, high school history teacher Sarah Cooper (Tell Me Your Secrets, Stella Baker) and her fellow citizens aren’t happy, even though Lydon promises to build them new homes. And the conflict is even more personal for Sarah, whose lawyer brother Danny (Luke Mitchell of Blindspot) has returned to Greylock after years of radio silence to lead the charge on Lydon’s behalf.
When the governor obtains a prominent domain on the city’s public property, allowing Lydon to begin mining, Sarah hatches a crazy plan: the city should claim its independence, thanks to a map loophole. She explains that Canada and the United States have drawn their borders in different places due to a changing tidal bed, so the land where Greylock is located has never been officially claimed by either. other country. At first Sarah suggests the idea as a simple blocking tactic, but it doesn’t take long before the city votes for independence for real – and it comes to fruition! This statement catches the attention of federal authorities, who come forward to arrest Sarah, aka Greylock’s new boss, at the end of the premiere.
Now that we’ve covered the politics, let’s talk about relationships: The Cooper family dynamic is complicated, with an absent father and an alcoholic mother (Reign’s Megan Follows) who abused her son. Sarah understands why Danny cut off communication with their mother Ellen, a former Senator, after abruptly leaving town without even an explanation to her ex-fiancée / BFF Sarah (Awkward’s Hope Lauren). However, a tearful Sarah can’t understand why he also stopped talking to her. When Danny’s boss Lydon blackmails Sarah with her mother’s dirty drunk driving story, Danny actually does the decent thing to protect his sister and goes to see Ellen, who reveals her battle with alcoholism on TV.
On the romantic side, Sarah is not so secretly in love with her friend Grover (Ian Duff of New Amsterdam), a restaurant manager whose wife has passed away, while Sarah AJ’s roommate (Nia Holloway of Hawaii Five-0 ) is a cop who has an affair with the mayor’s wife (ubiquitous Nicola Correia-Damude from The Boys, Nurses, Burden of Truth and All Canadian Shows).
A trio of high school students also join Sarah’s mission: Maya (Izabella Alvarez from Westworld), who was sent to live with her gay father; introspective outsider Tyler (Forrest Goodluck of the Liberator); and the mayor’s daughter / popular daughter Bella (Landry Bender of Fuller House). The latter two hit it off when Tyler brought Bella home after she abandoned her jerky jock boyfriend.
What did you think of The Republic of Sarah? Rate it below, then hit the comments!