I just watched the first episode of Roots, the famous miniseries based off of Alex Haley’s book. I was looking forward to seeing it because it is the miniseries that launched a thousand genealogists. By all accounts, it is one of the greatest programs ever to be on television.
After one episode, I am disappointed. As guilty as I feel for saying this, I was not particularly interested i for almost the entire episode. Perhaps this is because Haley’s story is so far from my own. He is the descendant of African slaves, and I am the descendant of Eastern European Jewish immigrants. His family was forcibly brought to America before it was a country. All my immigrant ancestors willingly arrived at varying points between 1880 and 1913.
But also, Roots just feels so fictional and forced. There is a lot of disbelief that I am unable to suspend (and a lot of acting that was over-the-top.) I am not sure whether I should continue watching the series. Does it get better after the first episode? Does it get more realistic?