To the creative team and the stars of The CW’s The Republic of Sarah, drama is about highlighting normal people who do the extraordinary.
Creator / showrunner / executive producer Jeffrey Paul King joined director Kat Candler and stars Stella Baker and Luke Mitchell to preview the new CW drama and discuss how their representations of the community can resonate with audiences affected by the pandemic.
“It all comes from a place of compassion and kindness and it feels so necessary and necessary now,” Candler said. “That’s something I love about this show.”
Faced with the destruction of her city at the hands of a greedy mining company, rebellious high school history teacher Sarah Cooper (Baker) uses a dark cartographic lagoon to declare independence. Now he must lead a group of young misfits trying to start their own country from scratch.
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The Republic of Sarah The cast, which also includes Ian Duff, Hope Lauren, and Nia Holloway, promoted the far-from-perfect characters from the drama. Unlike a host of other characters that inhabit The CW’s programming roster, the citizens of Greylock do not have superpowers to help them save their city, but rather must rely on their ambition to inspire change in their community, he said. Holloway.
“Most of the changes happen in real life the way they happen on the show,” he said of the on-screen community efforts.
In speaking of his original story, King linked the situations of The Republic of Sarah to the early days of America, pointing out that it was only ordinary people who ultimately created the nation. Baker added that the series draws on the human actions of its characters and seeks to redefine what exactly “extraordinary” can mean.
“Everyone is normal until you try to do something, something that has not been done before,” he said. “That’s really the show – it’s not about being extraordinary, it’s just about standing up for something and fighting for it.
However, the show’s grounded approach to inspiring change in one’s community wasn’t the only aspect of making the show one that audiences can relate to. King and Candler explained that the show’s punk aesthetic also makes the drama feel more realistic.
Unlike other series that feature characters in polished clothes and glamorous new outfits in each episode, The Republic of Sarah takes a less “brilliant” approach to storytelling, King said.
“It felt like something I would like to see on television. Television, as we all know, can sometimes be very bright and perfect and I think it’s hard for viewers to see themselves in that when the characters are in 7-inch stilettos, ”she said. “Our characters are real people.”
The Republic of Sarah The team closed the panel by teasing what’s in store for the show’s freshman season. They listed heartbreaks, poignant teenage stories, and “so many mistakes.”