In Review: MOTHERLAND: FORT SALEM (S3 – EP1) Homo Cantus

After being blamed for the death of Penelope, the witches leave the army behind and become fugitives
Homo Canctus

Synopsis: In Homo Canctus. After being blamed for the death of Penelope, the witches leave the army behind and become fugitives – but staying out of trouble is never easy. While Raelle and Scylla enjoy their reunion, Nicte tempts Tally with a new power.


The Story

Picking the story up from where last year left off. The witches are on the run as fugitives but have found refuge and employment in a paper factory. Meanwhile back at Fort Salem the army have found an anti-toxin for the biological witch plague that the Camarilla created and a vaccination program has begun.

The Camarilla is still plotting and trying to find Raelle, Tally, and the others. But they are particularly interested in trying to prevent a union between Abigail Bellweather and Adil. Additionally, they have a plan to dig out the source of power that the witches refer to as Mother, which is deep underground. 

Back at the factory things take a turn for the worst when Tally is seen training with Nicte on the roof of the factory by a passerby.


The Acting

Kandyse McClure joins the cast as the main face of Nicte who has a tendency to change her face a fair bit. McClure smoothly fits in with the cast as she pretty much takes on Nicte’s somewhat agitated disposition. Especially where it concerns Abigail’s refusal to let her witches change their faces to make it tougher for the Camarilla to find them.

Ashley Nicole Williams and Catherine Lough Haggquist have a fantastic mother and daughter scene in the episode when Abigail uses a Spree spell to contact her mum. Catherine Lough Haggquist does a fantastic job of making us believe that she is a worried mother, which is quite a contrast to the more authoritarian version of Petra Bellweather that we saw in previous seasons.

Bob Frazer returns as the Camarilla leader  Alban Hearst who really has a great presence as this villain. So much so that he doesn’t really need a huge amount of screen time to convey his brand of villainy. 



Homo Canctus is a pretty strong start for the season and even gives us a little backstory to build on the show’s mythology as we see a coven of witches in the distant past cast a spell on the land. We later learn in a dialogue exchange that these witches brought the very first language to humanity. So I’m kind of hoping that we’ll find out a bit more about them as the season progresses.

The episode closes out with the witches on the run once again. As Nicte and Tally’s training drills drew too much attention to them.

Overall. A strong start.

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  • Incidental Music

Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at: [email protected]
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