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  • 8.5

    Sad Parts

    By Karlam20001, Sep 26, 2012

    Aside from Kunta,and the other Africans being captured,the sad parts also includes,his father finding the pouch that he gave Kunta(a gift after his manhood training is complete),he lets out a cry calling his sons name.Later when he returns to the Village,his wife,and Kunta's Mother who was awaiting news of their sons fate,he shows her Kunta's pouch,and she also lets out a anguish cry acknowledging that their son is forever gone.At lease his physical being is gone.He feel that he will always be in their memories.moreless

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  • 9.0

    This show was the roots of modern TV

    By oceanic6, Jan 17, 2009

    Meet Kunta Kinte, a very noble but bumbling African warrior who is captured into slavery by the whites. As he is forcibly taken from his home, he must now survive the harrowing transportation of the slaves to America.



    Nowadays; the direction, production and mainly the acting is almost laughable but when one takes into account the 30 year difference and the very strong story and message that is being conveyed, you realise that this really is one of the greatest shows ever.



    I could spend paragraphs and paragraphs detailing what parts of the shows are lame since it's from the 70's but that would be contradicting how everything else makes for a stunning episode of television. Even though the depiction of the Middle Passage needed to be toned down to be allowed on TV, the shameful truth that thousands really went through that makes it just as confronting as anything CGI can throw at us these days.



    Even though the dialogue is ridden with cliches and predictability, the writing itself is well done. The plot is constructed in such a way that we really follow the journey without checking our watch and the ending certainly leaves us hanging for the furthur hours and hours of the show.



    Levar Burton quickly captures not only the audience's side but our hope, if anyone can overcome the horrors of slavery and survive, Kunta can. Other than him there are no real standouts but the highly publizized cameo of O.J Simpson makes for his most memorable TV appearence, other than the trials. Roots is just an amazing show and the pilot sets the pace perfectly, no matter how dire the situations seem (and are) there is an underlying sense of hope and no amount of artistic failures can affect its poignancy.moreless

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  • 9.4

    This show doesn't really give the true meaning of what young Kunta Kinte will face. However, it does show how he used his freedom. They have a scene where he's just walking around enjoying himself. Never paying attention to his surroundings.

    By vwilliams675, Jun 10, 2007

    This episode was truly a classic. The arthurs did a great displaying what freedom is and how it feels. In this show, Kunta Kinte is warned about what may happen to him by his tribe. However, he's very stubborn and doesn't really pay attention. This gets him in trouble. Prior to being captured, he isn't paying attention to his surroundings. After being captured, they show a scene where he's placed in chains. Afterwards, he acts out for at least 2 hours trying to get free. The men sit there watching and laughing at how his behavior. Wow is the only word.moreless

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