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.
Well as there was no ruling Queen at the time, calling the backstabbing Quisling’s the “Queen’s Rangers” is rather suggestive... Hmm, can anyone think of some current political leader of backstabbing traitors who might be the person referenced as their “Queen”?
Andrew Breitbart had a small cameo role in CNH. He played a colonial sheriff.
The show is primarily about the years leading up to the revolution with the increasing pressures placed on a small NH frontier town called Courage. It references little known historical events like the Pine Tree riot.
Do you think that this show might put the enemy on to the fact that we ARE watching?
A different review:
And cripplecreek, from a reasonably good source, I understand that this has conservative Hollywood people behind it. And as far as the accuracy goes, they claim to have been very careful about everything: accents, clothes, language used, etc.
Washington knew. He wrote to them...he burned the letters he received.
Didn’t Brian Kilmeade write a book on this?
I guess I haven’t gotten far enough along in the book. Did he know their actual identities or just their code names?
I can’t WAIT to watch TURN tonight. I only wish they’d start it at 8 instead of 9...my bedtime is 9:30 as I am a morning gym person.
Ugh, between this and Outlander, I’m afraid I may be forced to finally buy a TV set. Does anyone know what is the cheapest sort of TV that will work well?
Thanks. DVR set for ‘Turn’.
You can get a 32” flatscreen HD 1080 TV for about $200 these days.
Agreed. Loved Courage, NH. They never came out with another season. I wonder if they ran out of funds. The writing, cinematography and music was excellent for an independent production with lots of good actors. I’m sure the 4 episodes were not cheap to produce. Too bad they couldn’t partner up with the History channel or AE or one of the many cable channels for mass mainstream distribution etc.
They’re still working on funding more Courage episodes. Nick Searcy had a golf tournament for funding about a month back.
Is there a possibility that the "Rangers" could have been established during the reign of QE I? There's no "Princess Patricia" in Canada, but there is a group of Rangers there that goes by that name. Just wondering...
Your priorities are WAY screwed up! :)
There's a very old tradition in UK of naming newly-raised regiments after various members of the royal family, not just after the ruling monarch.
I would also like to object to your characterization of the Loyalists as "backstabbing Quislings."
While some of them no doubt were, others were conservative and honorable men who held to their loyalty to King when others abandoned him, at the cost, in many cases, of all their property and even of their lives.
The Revolution was our first civil war, and in many ways it was much more bitter than our second one. Dissident Loyalists were treated far more harshly, for instance, than secessionists were in the WBTS, both during and after the war.
This was probably because Civil War I was a true civil war, brother against brother, while Civil War II was mostly a war between regions, except in the border states, where the fighting was the most bitter and the most atrocities took place.
Yes, I’m starting to think that too. :)
Google George Washington master spy. Alfred Poteat gives and awesome presentation on him
That was not my statement. I just asked about the possibility of "Queen's" being in reference to Queen Elizabeth the First.
My apologies. Sometimes I lose track of who was quoting and who originating a statement.
So far so good. They overdo the blood.
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