A few weeks ago I wrote this already, but only in the 'comment' space to respond to the first reviewer. I think it will be clearer posted here.
It's easy to be confused about whether this is really the SEQUEL to Haley's ROOTS, because it doesn't pick up where Roots left off.
However, this is indeed meant as a sequel in the sense that it continues Alex Haley's biographic saga of his own family roots, but this time it's from the OTHER side of his family - his father's side -, and that's why you don't see the same people as in the Roots series.
I've been watching this mini-series, and it's really good. Well worth my money for around 5 hours of watching!
It's also a sequel in the sense that Haley's family bio is advancing in time: you get a feeling of Queen being closer to us in time than where Roots left off.
( Actually not sure if it is really supposed to be closer in time (*) - can't remember where in time Roots left off ... it may just feel this way for being filmed more recently, and therefore in a more vivid, modern way than at the time of Roots - brighter colours perhaps, real locations rather than in-studio, etc...).
(*) The time: when Queen is around 19 and leaves "home" (disc 1, Epi 2), this is just after the American Civil War (1861-65), when slavery is abolished.
+ IMPORTANT NOTE:
Be careful to buy the right version of it: some have been shortened to 269 minutes only, leaving out 15 important minutes (
See reviews on Amazon.US http://www.amazon.com/review/R1Q7XSJQ6YJBYZ/ref=cm_cr_pr_viewpnt#R1Q7XSJQ6YJBYZ ). The complete version is of 283 minutes duration.