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Kindred Season 1 Review: Octavia Butler Hulu Adaptation

Image: FXDana James (Mallori Johnson), the lead character in Octavia Butler’s Kindred—now an FX series streaming on Hulu—is a lost woman. After she impulsively sells her family’s Brooklyn brownstone, she moves to Los Angeles to pursue TV writing. But her pursuit is limited to taking notes of old reruns of Dynasty rather than sitting down and writing or applying to jobs. When she’s inexplicably yanked back in time to her ancestor’s Maryland tobacco plantation, she quickly spirals, losing more and more of herself in the