By Lindela Malambe
This article is exclusive to the Online Edition 7 of VARSITY News.
Since its premier on 20 May 2020 Netflix’s first African original has evoked a powerful response from its viewers all over the world. It is the first South African original to hold the number one spot in the Top 10 in the USA on Netflix. It has also taken the number one spot in other countries such as France and Jamaica. Needless to say, this series has had a ground-breaking impact all over the world.
The show follows 16 year old Puleng Khumalo, played by Ama Qamata, who is trying to find her older sister who was abducted at birth. As she follows her instincts, she is pulled into a web of lies and deceit while trying to juggle friendship, love and school. It is easy for us to relate to Puleng, she is messy and inconsistent like we are. Right when things seem to be going well for her, she messes up and we can relate to that as human beings and more especially teenagers.
We meet a diverse set of characters in this show who all have a story to tell. From Chris who is trying to figure out his sexuality, to Wendy who is so busy trying to be a revolutionary that she is blind to her own privilege, they give us something to love and hate about them. Puleng’s love interest KB shows us the best and worst parts of relationships. This show takes us on a rollercoaster of emotions as we follow the lives of these characters and fall more in love with them in each episode.
South African production has been put in the spotlight through this show and has portrayed the great talent and quality of work from the cast and crew which brought this series to life. Blood & Water is an exceptional production and if you haven’t seen it, I recommend you do. It is a must watch!