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Old October 1st, 2015, 06:13 PM   #41

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I am really enjoying this show. I have two episodes left before I will have finished season two. Admittedly I would have loved something more historically accurate and along the lines of John Adams but let's be honest, this is almost as good as it gets when it comes to film portrayals of this period. I expected it to be a mediocre show based on IMDB reviews and the reviews here, so I am pleasantly surprised. I'd give it a solid 8/10.
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Old August 4th, 2017, 12:22 PM   #42

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OK so I don't see much activity on this, and I'm just finishing the finale Season 4.


I have a question.

The series shows General George Washington on the edge of madness, and also incompetent in one episode where he wants victory for New York City, but his generals want him to go to Virginia to defeat Cornwallis.

Was Washington not as great a general as we were taught in school ?


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Old August 5th, 2017, 01:42 PM   #43
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As I understand it, Washington was not a talented battlefield strategist, but he listened to and took advice from subordinates. He was a very good politician and leader. He held the army together under conditions as bad as those portrayed in the series. He wanted a decisive victory, but he listened to better strategists than himself who counseled against going head to head with the well-trained and well-equipped British army in a battle where he could lose everything. It's probably true that he wanted to take New York, but it is absolutely unbelievable that he should have angrily and insultingly dismissed his senior officers' advice.
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Old December 12th, 2017, 07:48 AM   #44
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So, I know this show has it's historical faults (some of which are frustrating cause accuracy would have made just as good of a story). But overall I have loved this.

(POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD FOR ANY WHO HAVEN'T WATCHED)

I especially love some of the more "literary" juxtapositions they use. They did it the first season with the candle in the opening scene and the same candle in the dramatic last show of the season. And in the scene in the "Blood for Blood Episode" with Abraham and his father in the wagon echoed by the scene of them returning...just such strong images. And again they do that with the cabbages from the pilot and from the final episode. Love it.


Loved the final episode...that they took a whole episode for the denouement in stead of trying to fit it into the end of a suspenseful episode. They could have tried to end with the episode before it, but I'm glad they ended like this.

And I loved that in the final scene focused on the duality of the war and the people in it.

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Old January 13th, 2018, 02:57 PM   #45

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I really enjoyed this show for the whole run. my favorite thing about the finale is the long suffering major hewlett came out the winner
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