‘Shadow’ is Netflix’s new South African show that will be premiering recently. The story is about a former police officer who turns a vigilante and dishes out punishment to the Johannesburg criminal underworld. While serving as a policeman, he got tired of seeing himself and fellow officers working hard everyday to arrest criminals, and them walking walk out due to their influential bosses who have connections with the higher authorities. This is the second South African show that Netflix is distributing on their platform, and it definitely is a welcome sign to see the streaming platform trying to bring stories from different parts of the world under the same umbrella for everyone to enjoy. Quentin Tarantino always says he considers directors who can pull of action scenes with a suave are the best of the lot. And this is how ‘Shadow’ has managed to pack a punch with its trailer, there is high-octane action and drama, with some cool stunts and shootout scenes. What we come to know from the trailer is that Shadow does not feel pain after lightning struck him at a very early age.
Netflix users who have enjoyed shows like ‘The Punisher‘ (2017-2019), ‘Daredevil‘ (2015-2018), and ‘Luke Cage’ (2016-18) are bound to find this action-adventure thriller enjoyable. “We are delighted to be investing further in African content and to partner with Nosipho and the team at Gambit Films to bring our second original series from South Africa to Netflix. Great stories are universal, so we expect this gripping teen drama, with its view on contemporary high school life, to appeal to young adults from South Africa, as well as the rest of the world”, is what Kelly Luegenbiehl, Netflix’s Vice President of international originals for Europe, Turke, and Africa had to say about their recent collaboration.
Shadow Cast: Who is in it?
Pallance Dladla plays the titular character, and besides acting, Dladla, who comes from a background in theatre, has also won accolades with his screenwriting talents. Amanda du-Pont is another important member of the cast. Born in Swaziland and currently residing in South Africa, du-Pont has had a successful early career in South African movies and TV shows. An excellent student, du-Pont shone in her course at the New York Film Academy where she was granted a full scholarship for the excellent academic record. Khathu Ramabulana is the other important member of the cast. The series focusing on South African actors for all the characters is a very welcome sign, as this might be the road which will open the gates for talented Africam actors, filmmakers, and technicians to reach out to a wider audience and even find a road to Hollywood. Dladla looks quite promising in his role as Shadow in the trailer itself, and we can hardly wait to see how he manages to pull off an entire series consisting of ten episodes on his shoulders.
If the entire cast and crew manage to deliver an engrossing series, it is highly possible that Shadow might get the nod for a new season. It is the tale of a superhero whose only power is that he cannot feel pain. Shadow, it seems, will be a relatable character who has a human side to him as much as a punishing machine that he is. He also has a dark past which might not be revealed this season, but might be dealt with in the next season of the show. Even the producer of the show, Gareth Crocker, says that “It’s a major endorsement of our studio. We hope this will help to open international doors, not just for Motion Story, but for other emerging film studios in Africa”.
Shadow Plot: What is it about?
Shadow’s first season is mainly about a person who is tired by the loopholes in the legal system. He has been seeing these very laws, which are made to help people, only enhancing the fact that certain influential people are managing to do what they want. Thus Shadow leaves his job as a policeman and goes after the Johannesburg underworld. What triggers him to do that is probably a young girl getting caught in the middle of all the gang violence. Shadow as a child was struck by lightning and it numbed his sensory receptors to such an extent that he became imperceptible to pain. In the meanwhile, some people who have got to know that he is a vigilante, want to stop him. Some because they believe their business will face severe problems if he is around, and some, because they think being a vigilante, will put him into an immense moral dilemma which will be hard for him to get out of.
Shadow Season 2 Release: When does it premiere?
Shadow has been in the works for long, but audiences can relax as it is not long before they will be taking a thrill-ride in the dark underbelly of Johannesburg. The show, with all its episodes, premiered worldwide on Netflix on March 8.