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‘Queen Sono’ Review: Pearl Thusi Is Compelling in Netflix’s Otherwise Unremarkable Espionage Drama

‘Queen Sono’ Review: Pearl Thusi Is Compelling in Netflix’s Otherwise Unremarkable Espionage Drama

This week, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos and a team of executives have been traveling through the African continent, meeting with local creatives, as part of an aggressive content expansion into areas that are still relatively untapped sources of talent. Sarandos is doing so as the streaming giant’s first African original series, the spy-drama “Queen Sono,” is released worldwide February 28.

As a series created entirely by Africans, with a majority African cast and produced on a Netflix budget, “Queen Sono” is certainly a novelty that will likely draw audiences for that reason alone. But, in the long run, with a second season very likely — given how the first season ends — it’ll need to rely on more than its landmark arrival in order to stay relevant and stand out in a world awash with content.

The series stars South African actress Pearl Thusi (“Quantico”) as the title character,

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