Driven by the dreams of a courageous blacksmith named Noah, some plantation slaves in 1850s Georgia band together to attempt a daring escape. The fight for their lives, their futures and their freedom leads to Noah's risk-filled plan to travel hundreds of miles away via the Underground Railroad. The landmark 10-episode anthology is created by Misha Green ("Sons of Anarchy") and Joe Pokaski ("Daredevil") and co-executive produced by John Legend, who also oversees the series' score, soundtrack and musical elements.
The Macon 7 meet to plan their escape only to find Cato is going with them. Noah asks Rosalee to run with them. John and Elizabeth learn how the Underground Railroad works. Tom meets on the plantation with the men he needs to impress to get the nomination. Facing more desperate life on the farm, August decides to enlist the help of his son, Ben, to go after runaway slaves.
John and Elizabeth receive their first “cargo” and meet her ex-fiancé, Marshal Kyle Risdin, throwing a serious wrench in their plans for the Underground Railroad. The slaves enlist Rosalee’s help to steal Tom’s official seal as they continue to prepare for the big escape.
Bill is discovered barely alive in his cabin and Tom realizes Rosalee and Noah have escaped from the Macon Plantation. John and Elizabeth deal with their slave abductors, eventually overpowering them with the unwitting help of Kyle. Tom promotes Cato to Plantation Overseer, which Cato quickly uses to finalize the plan for the rest of the Macon 7 to join Noah and Rosalee. They ignite the fields and escape.
The Macon slaves face questioning over their plans; at the same time, the mad dash to catch a train heading north comes with complications at every turn.
The road takes its toll on August; at the same time, the runners are trapped in a floating coffin; and Ernestine struggles to maintain influence.
Jessica De Gouw
Gripping slave drama is great viewing for mature viewers.
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