Jack Rowan

Peacock’s ‘Noughts + Crosses’ Doesn’t Live Up to the Power of Its Premise

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On paper, Peacock’s Noughts + Crosses should have been a buzzy summer hit – a cultural conversation starter a la Hulu’s The Handmaid's Tale that arrived at a perfect and necessary moment, pushing its viewers toward necessary conversations about issues of race and cultural privilege. In actuality, the drama squanders a truly original premise and setting on the altar of flat characters and a pointlessly forced romance.