Skip to comments.‘Turn,’ AMC’s New Series About America’s First Spy Ring, Is A Visually Arresting Historical Epic
Posted on 04/06/2014 9:42:14 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
The new AMC series Turn, which premieres April 6, is bewildering at first.
Were dropped smack in the middle of British-occupied New York. The year is 1776, and Abraham Woodhull (Jamie Bell) is scraping by as a cabbage farmer and sometime innkeeper in Setauket, Long Island. Hes husband to Mary (Meegan Warner), and father to a young child. His father, Richard (Kevin McNally), is a local magistrate loyal to George III.
Then the scene shifts. Were now in New Jersey. A stunning overhead shot reveals a sprawling field of bluecoat rebel bodies lying next to a pool dyed red with blood. It looks like a John Trumbull painting. A man, dressed in rags, stalks across the field, impaling the bodies with a bayonet. He approaches a corpse and raises his bayonet whensuddenlythe bluecoat flips over and shoves a dagger deep into the executioners throat, emitting a geyser of blood. Before you can chant U-S-A!, a pro-British militia is chasing the man through the woods, showering him with musket balls.
These men are the Queens Rangers, a ragtag Loyalist military unit led by Robert Rogers (Angus Macfayden, best known for backstabbing Mel Gibsons character in Braveheart). The man returns to his battalion and addresses his superiors:
These were not Tory militia or regulars these were Queens Rangers.
Are you saying theres a breach within our ranks?
Im saying they have spies everywhere, Sir.
So, the rebels seek to give the Brits a taste of their own medicine and, on orders from General George Washington, establish a covert courier system from New Jersey to occupied New York.
The cast...is aces all around and Turn, with its occupied territory setting, ex-lovers reuniting for a common cause, awe-inspiring staging and cinematography, and rah-rah patriotism, is ...well worth your time and/or DVR space.
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The link doesn’t work. I get “page not found”.
I don’t expect it to be accurate history but I really hope for something historically based that leaves me rooting for the rebels.
We Rebels and I forgive you creek. Though we Rebels were outgunned, last time, come home creek. Our nation needs you.
courtesy ping .... republic!
Gen. Washington’s spy ring series starts tonight on AMC — 9 eastern, 8 central.
I just saw a promo for it on AHC - looks interesting. May be accurate. Too early to tell how AHC is going to turn out.
Gen. Washington’s Culpepper spy ring starts tonight. 9 eastern; 8 central on AMC.
You must be watching the same thing that I’m watching this morning.
I’ve been looking forward to this show for awhile as the story seems very interesting, and isn’t well known by many people. I’m hoping it’s well done, and satisfies my ‘Walker Withdrawal’ now that The Walking Dead is off until October. (it’s gonna be a looooong Summer for TWD fans)
Thank you. As a student of that period, I’ll be watching this show as thoroughly as I’ve watched the Fox series “Sleepy Hollow” looking for historical mistakes.
I heard a Freeper directly worked on that project..
Oh it’s accurate alright, gimme a break we, um there was supposedly a historical expert on the set, last time I hear. But check out episode 3..,
I wish Colony Bay had been the ones to produce it. Courage New Hampshire was spectacular.
not familiar with Courage New Hampshire, but I’ll check it out.
I loaded it, it shows the page with a big graphic, but then it kicks out to a “page not found” with the back arrow dimmed. This can be attributed to some crap at the Daily Beast server.
Saw ads for this series while watching something else. Looks interesting.