Watched the premiere last night, and it was pretty good. It didn’t grab me by the lapels and yank me off my feet, but I’ll definitely be tuning in again. I like the fact that it conveys the uncertainties and disruptions the war presented to civilians caught between the two armies. The impact of the armies’ behavior on civilians’ attitudes and allegiance in the Revolution has long been an interest of mine.
My main criticism at this point is probably the portrayal of British officers. The haughty, snotty Redcoat officer is something of a stock character in films about the Rev War. One of the great things about cable drama is the room to develop full, three-dimensional characters. In Game of Thrones, just about everybody wears a gray hat instead of a white or black one. Of course, any show which features American spies as its protagonists is bound to have British officers as bad guys, but it would be nice to see a little more subtlety and complexity in the way they’re depicted. But we’re only one episode in, so we’ll see where things go from here. So far it’s not bad.
I kid you not:
Apty titled We Hate Paul Revere, the project is actually a comedy set in colonial times. In the project, two brothers will be living in Boston, which gives them plenty of access into what Revere, as a silversmith and an activist, is up to. While many of us would probably think it would be cool to run into the man responsible for the famed ‘midnight ride,’ the Boston brothers simply can’t stand the man. Ethan Sandler and Adrien Wenner will write and executive produce the project
Wonder why they hate him. Maybe they’re veterans of the Penobscot Expedition.
This thing is in the works at AMC, the same network that’s developing a show about the Culper spy ring. Somebody over there must have a thing for the Rev War.
Check it out:
AMC has also put into development Revolutionary War drama ‘Turn,’ based on Alexander Rose book ‘Washington’s Spies.’ Written by show-runner Craig Silverstein (‘Nikita’) and executive produced by ‘Bones’ Barry Josephson, ‘Turn’s 1778 narrative follows New York farmer Abe Woodhull as he “bands together with a group of childhood friends to form The Culper Ring, an unlikely group of spies who turn the tide in America’s fight for independence.”
Sounds pretty cool.