In an answer to the backlash against HBO’s Confederate, Amazon just took the fight to a whole new level. Amazon was the first network to green-light an alternate history drama with it’s highly successful and critically acclaimed TV show Man in the High Castle.
The genre seems to be making a comeback, as Black America will be the third Alternate History drama on TV next year. The synopsis looks like a pretty cool concept:
“It envisions an alternate history where newly freed African Americans have secured the Southern states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama post-Reconstruction as reparations for slavery, and with that land, the freedom to shape their own destiny. The sovereign nation they formed, New Colonia, has had a tumultuous and sometimes violent relationship with its looming “Big Neighbor,” both ally and foe, the United States. The past 150 years have been witness to military incursions, assassinations, regime change, coups, etc. Today, after two decades of peace with the U.S. and unprecedented growth, an ascendant New Colonia joins the ranks of major industrialized nations on the world stage as America slides into rapid decline. Inexorably tied together, the fate of two nations, indivisible, hangs in the balance.”
Unlike Confederate which is in very early planning stages (and could still get cancelled), Black America is in active development. The looming battle and onslaught of alternate history dramas is very cool and exciting. Alternate History gives people the freedom to share ideas from different perspectives that couldn’t really be done on TV ten years ago. The choices that we now have as an audience on which show we watch will only aid in the genre’s popularity and hopefully fuel conversation on these very hard topics. Let’s get more alternate history on TV!