The first season of Salem has come to close with a good deal of blood and a major revelation, but as we reflect on the season, it's clear that the show missed an opportunity to mine its historical inspiration. While Salem went for gore and the occasional bit of shock value, it ignored the truly terrifying paranoia…
Okay, you win, Increase Mather. You are the worst person on Salem—no matter how many devil-worshipping witches are about. But we really didn't need to see the rapey torture methods you use to expose witches.
Salem can be fun, but it often lets its plot meander in favor of big, bloody spectacles. But now that Cotton Mather's father, the fearsome Puritan minister Increase, is in town, these witch trials are finally starting to get interesting.
Really, Salem? Last week, the show about the Salem witch trials seemed off to a fun start as its witches plotted their revenge against the town's Puritan leaders. But the second episode pushed some of the show's more troubling aspects to the forefront.