So many of you might not have yet heard of The Quest. It’s a new show on ABC (thursdays at 8pm). Its from the Executive Producers of Lord of the Rings and Amazing Race. The idea is 12 people from the “Real” world are summoned to a fantasy world to save it.
A lot of the elements are familiar: Hero’s, Kingdoms, Queens, Knights, Swords, Magic… ect
What I want to talk about are the things you rarely find in those genres: Inclusion and representation.
Starting with the world of Everrealm. The goddess like Fates are not only powerful, but interesting. They range in Race from African to Asian and European. All from the country it was filmed (Austria, or at least where they take residence). The ruler of the last Kingdom standing, a Queen named Ralia. Sure there are men, and there are plenty of European/white characters. But even the villagers and soldiers are diverse.
Then there are the contestants. It is after all a reality show. What makes it different is how they take a scripted mini-series-esque storyline, and then drop a reality element into the middle. The Actors who play the residents of Everrealm may be scripted actors/actresses, but the contests are not.
They range in gender from 7 females to 5 males. Then you have a range of age from 21 to 41. To top it off, they range in nationality. You have African American and Latino as well as White.
Now if it’s not clear yet, I happen to be one of those contestants. Maybe I should have started with that.
But that’s not the main point. A lot of reviews have been written already, the word is spreading. But to me what will always stick with me more than anything is this:
As a Geek who happens to be Afro-Latina (over the age of 30, a wife and mother and a proud natural-haired woman) I very rarely get to see myself in my favorite genres. Fantasy is the one where I feel least represented, which has always hurt because its by far my favorite. I grew up on Dune and Star Trek, and Star Wars and later came to love the likes of Tolkien and Harry Potter. I wanted to share because I’m very proud of how inclusive this project is. If this matters to you also, I do hope you will give it a go. And I hope you enjoy watching as much as I enjoyed being in it!
The Quest airs Thursday nights at 8pm (est) on your local ABC channel.
If you missed the 1st Episode, you can watch it here (also on Demand or Hulu): http://abc.go.com/shows/the-quest/episode-guide/season-01/101-the-quest-begins