Skip to comments.'Turn' on AMC Tells Story of America's First Spy Ring (it's got legs)
Posted on 04/07/2014 4:19:02 PM PDT by RoosterRedux
AMC's new television series "Turn" debuted Sunday night, telling the tale of America's first spy ring that helped Gen. George Washington win the Revolutionary War.
The series follows Abe Woodhull, played by Jamie Bell of "Billy Elliot" fame, a Long Island cabbage farmer with a wife, infant, and father who's sympathetic toward the Brits. He's recruited into the Culper Ring, tasked with gathering recon on the redcoats. The story is based on a real-life story chronicled in the book "Washington's Spies" by Alexander Rose.
In the debut episode, Woodhull initially resists becoming involved in the uprisings, focusing instead on his cabbage crop. But he's eventually pulled in by an old friend, Ben Talmadge, played by Seth Numrich, to help create a rebel spy system. His decision becomes clear after watching his childhood sweetheart, Anna (Heather Lind), forced to serve lager-lout redcoats.
"When we first meet him, he's a repressed individual. He wants nothing to do with this war," "Turn" star Bell, 28, tells TV Guide about his character.
"He's an ordinary guy in extraordinary circumstances. And I think the journey of the character throughout the season is one where he restores his political beliefs. He finds his voice ... He discovers his real love. And he also helps bring about the turning of the tide in the most important conflict in American history." !
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Obama will hate it.
I liked it too. I hope it continues to be about American patriotism and fighting against a corrupt government.
marked to listen later .
despite the realistic costumes and sets, I had trouble transporting myself back to that time. Everything brought comparisons to the present. every brit reminded me of a dem.
I am quite brainwashed by our sorry state
I think the Dems are like the Brits of that time. You’re not brainwashed, you’re simply staring at the truth.
The opening scene was a little over bloody but it was spectacular from there.
My favorite was the ambush scene near the end which was cut back and forth from the forced pledge of Abe Woodhull.
Large parts of Washington’s known spy ring are still effectively classified, because parts of it are suggested to have been deep within the English aristocracy, even in the royal family. Still embarrassing, even today.
Washington was also known to have made extensive use of female spies, and only one of his spies was ever captured, Nathan Hale, who in retrospect appears to be far below the caliber of spies that Washington recruited.
This shows Washington’s amazing talent. While he confessed to not being particularly brilliant, he had an impressive ability to select the best and the brightest as his operatives. In his case, this almost created a ‘Washington axiom’ of leadership: that surrounding yourself with talent is far better than being talented yourself.
As you know, life is bloody.
Peace exists only in those brief respites during which we and our enemies are reloading.
Watched it. Enjoyed it.
Full episode may be on the AMC website.
According to zap2it.com, it got about 3 million viewership.
I always suspected that Nathan Hale was a woman.;-)
This certainly would make the Obama administration worried if people watch it. Hollywood and the media downplay the Revolutionary War because it demonstrates that today’s social welfare state is much more oppressive than the British ever were.
The website wanted me to install “Silverlight”
Here is a website,The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources 1745-1799 that I like,may be a nice addition to watching the show,Washington actually used invisible ink in his some of his messages during the Revolution.
If your virus protection tells you otherwise, don't download it.
I am watching now on XBMC “Project Free TV”
Bezos knew we would get hooked.