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Old May 5th, 2014, 04:52 AM   #21

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I would love a major film (I dunno... call it "the Hill") ...
that spans a few days before Lexington and Concord and finishes with Bunker Hill

accurate !
no need at all to fictionalize... it's kick-ass as it actually happened
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Old May 5th, 2014, 06:29 AM   #22

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OK, I just finished watching episode 5.

Is it me or do others find the plot a little difficult to follow ?


Good thing I have a DVR box for I've had to back up several times to review various scenes in order to try and figure out what's going on.


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Old May 5th, 2014, 07:01 AM   #23

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Finally got to see the first 2 episodes (others are on the dvr) and really enjoying it so far. Avoided the last few pages of the thread to avoid spoilers.
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Old May 9th, 2014, 11:45 AM   #24

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The first two episodes were decent, but by the third, well it is more of a soap opera than anything else.
Sad.
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Old April 17th, 2015, 07:27 AM   #25

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FYI, Season 2 has begun.


Again, a little complex and the actress who play's Abe Woodhull's wife Mary Woodhull, is difficult for me to follow, being she talks so fast and softly. But I have a hearing problem anyway.


Other than that, pretty good.


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Did anyone catch the little literary touch they did on the last show of the first season? I'm watching it on Netflix, and after I finished I went back and watched the first episode. In it there's a scene with him snuffing out a candle and him saying something "If one British soldier staying in our home is as close as this war gets to us, I'll count us lucky." Not to give out spoilers, but the way they juxtipose that and the last scene, if you watch them back to back, is pretty powerful.

I looked up some of the history, and while some of it (the relationship between him and Mrs. Strong) is pure fiction, there's a lot there that is accurate too. A lot of it they changed up in ways that doesn't really make sense to me (doesn't seem to make it cleaner or more exciting), but at the same time I was impressed by how much of it was taken directly or indirectly from history.

(IE, they change order and dates and mix up a few people, but it's a lot more accurate than say...oh, that Marco Polo series.)

I'm hooked...very, very hooked. Since I'm watching it on Netflix I have a long wait until I see the second season (DANG...I hate that).
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Old June 23rd, 2015, 08:29 AM   #27

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Did anyone catch the little literary touch they did on the last show of the first season? I'm watching it on Netflix, and after I finished I went back and watched the first episode. In it there's a scene with him snuffing out a candle and him saying something "If one British soldier staying in our home is as close as this war gets to us, I'll count us lucky." Not to give out spoilers, but the way they juxtipose that and the last scene, if you watch them back to back, is pretty powerful.

I looked up some of the history, and while some of it (the relationship between him and Mrs. Strong) is pure fiction, there's a lot there that is accurate too. A lot of it they changed up in ways that doesn't really make sense to me (doesn't seem to make it cleaner or more exciting), but at the same time I was impressed by how much of it was taken directly or indirectly from history.

(IE, they change order and dates and mix up a few people, but it's a lot more accurate than say...oh, that Marco Polo series.)

I'm hooked...very, very hooked. Since I'm watching it on Netflix I have a long wait until I see the second season (DANG...I hate that).
I just started watching it on Netflix as well, but want to slow down before I blow through the 10 episodes that are available. I have recently been reading more about the Revolutionary War, which has helped with the timeline or events being mentioned in this show, and some of the characters as well. However, I do not know anything about this topic of the war. I was wondering how much was true, and how much was Hollywood history.
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Old June 23rd, 2015, 05:02 PM   #28

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I just started watching it on Netflix as well, but want to slow down before I blow through the 10 episodes that are available. I have recently been reading more about the Revolutionary War, which has helped with the timeline or events being mentioned in this show, and some of the characters as well. However, I do not know anything about this topic of the war. I was wondering how much was true, and how much was Hollywood history.
I read the book "Washington's Spies" before this came out and it's not bad. Yes, they do take some liberties with the facts (the use of the turtle for example) but they remain fairly close to reality (the turtle did exist). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turtle_(submersible)


The relationship of Andre and Arnold with Peggy Shippen seems fairly accurate https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peggy_Shippen

I'm hoping season 3 is picked up as it's been interesting.
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Old June 23rd, 2015, 05:04 PM   #29

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There's some real historians who've commented on Turn:
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Old June 23rd, 2015, 05:11 PM   #30

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I read the book "Washington's Spies" before this came out and it's not bad. Yes, they do take some liberties with the facts (the use of the turtle for example) but they remain fairly close to reality (the turtle did exist). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turtle_(submersible)


The relationship of Andre and Arnold with Peggy Shippen seems fairly accurate https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peggy_Shippen

I'm hoping season 3 is picked up as it's been interesting.
Interesting. I saw that book at one of the used book stores I passed through on my summer motorcycle trip up north (I do not have any in my town, which is probably good for my bank account). I have really been getting into this period lately, and thought about reading that book. Maybe I will check it out.
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