The season two premiere of Underground is a week away.
So I can't think of a better time then now, to share some of the best moments of Underground's thrilling first season.
It was quite a daunting task to come up with just a few key moments, when the entire first season was extraordinary.
There was heartbreak, action, romance, inspiration and tenderness. There were scenes that highlighted a character's vulnerability, and others that showcased their strength. There were many, that were game changers, shifting the course of the season.
You name it. Underground had them all.
So check out some of the best moments from the first season. Do you agree with them? Do you have some of your own that you think are missing? Sound off in the comments!
Underground Season 2 Episode 1 premieres on March.8!
Ernestine Seduces Tom to Protect James
Ernestine is hands down one of the greatest characters on television. She's smart, calculating, and extremely protective of her children. But most of all, despite being black, a woman, and a slave, she's allowed agency.
It's such a painfully common fact that enslaved women were violated and raped by everyone from their masters, to their overseers. Ernestine, however, wields her sexuality like a weapon to have as little power and control as she can under her circumstances. In this case, after Mistress Suzanna threatend to send little James out into the fields, Ernestine enganged in a little BDSM style romp with her master, and father of her children, to ensure that James would be spared. It is one of the first moments we realize that Ernestine is a powerhouse.
Origins of Noahlee
Underground isn't just a historical action-thriller. It's a love story too. Noah mapped out an extensive plan and handpicked a full team based on them being assets. But everything changed the second he uttered those three words to Rosalee.
It changed the course of everything. Aldis Hodge and Jurnee Smollett-Bell have amazing chemistry, and in that moment it was hard not to fall in love with a couple who later proved to be true and equal partners.
Zeke was the "gentle giant" of the Macon 7. He was a big, burly man, but a kind and gentle soul. His death was one of the most heartbreaking moments of the season.
It was especially difficult, given the fact that Cato left him for dead. Zeke knew he was facing his demise, so he went down swinging, taking down as many of the slave-catchers as he could.
The unspeakable, gruesome hanging of Sam was one of the most difficult scenes of the season, and a painful reminder of just how inhumane and dark the time period was. The fact that it was under his father's orders made it so much worse.
Which is why we couldn't resist cheering Ernestine on when she lured Tom into one of their spots and had him hanged just like their son. She drank whiskey and left him with some powerful parting words, "We're both going to hell. You, just a bit sooner."
Cato Burns the Field
Cato is notoriously an opportunistic, untrustworthy character who only looks out for himself. So imagine our surprise when after long tense moments where it felt as if he might turn on his fellow slaves, he actually did something to help them.
Sure, it was only because he was personally invested in doing so by escaping with them, but it was one of those great moments where it appeared like Cato might be a bit heroic after all. He'd go on to blow that theory to hell a few times, but that's what makes him such an interesting character.
Pearly Mae's Sacrifice
Pearly Mae being just a few feet away from escaping and not getting there, was a punch to the gut. Yet, it had nothing on watching her drop to her knees, hands raised in the air, with a gun pointed at her head. It certainly had nothing on watching her plead with August to take her and not her daughter.
It doesn't get more powerful than a mother's love. She was willing to face whatever consequences she had to, if it meant Boo would be free. Adina Porter put her all into that scene. It was a real tear-jerker.