After recording them on the DVR, I was able to watch all ten episodes of this season’s TURN in four evenings, zapping through the commercials, which gives a run time of about 40 minutes out of the hour’s broadcast. I have been pleased to have this series being run on AMC. There are some alterations to actual historical events, but not so much as compared with other “historical” series and theatrical movies. The actor portraying General George Washington is most impressive, capturing the human flaws as well as the principled military leader of the American Revolution. The actors portraying the other characters are also effective, especially the one portraying the British officer Simcoe. The latter is so effective that I can’t help hating the character and wish that he would die, although he seems to be unkillable.
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I was riveted to the screen during the hanging scenes, which alternated between the hanging of Major André and the simultaneous attempted hanging of Abraham Woodhull. Almiost had to grab a hankie when Abraham’s father, the Judge, ran to his rescue and was joined by other men in their farming community.
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The timing for watching the series couldn’t have been better and helped rev me up for the weekend ahead. I haven’t heard if the series has been renewed for another season. Now I’m waiting for the next season of “Manhattan,” the more or less historical account of the development of Fat Man and Little Boy in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Having been a resident of New Mexico for several years, I’m happy to see that the exterior locations have actually been filmed in and around Los Alamos.