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.
If only Obama had read this stuff, it would have saved him and us a lot of trouble.
AMC has another winner. I loved this show. It’s about time the truth about America is being told again. It’s too bad the young skulls won’t be able to understand what it’s all about. Most of them have been taught or think that the Revolutionary War where we won our independence was fought in Vietnam. No jungle or CCR songs can be confusing to them.
Thanks your LINK worked for me...
Ive got the whole episode...
BTW my Loyalists lived “up-the-River” in Mehoopany and Tunkhannock, Wyoming County in the Susquehanna River Valley in PA..they had moved there in 1773 from New Rochelle..
and I also had Loyalists who lived in Albany NY and in Herkimer County NY...
Good to know. We have it on the DVR but we haven’t watched it yet.
Why does every AMC program look dark, grainy, and blurry?
It’s LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION. AMC can’t afford the LIGHTS?
Lots of good stuff here.
Primary Source Documents Pertaining to Early American History
I liked it.
Richard Woodhull is a total Dick.
One of the great lines in the ‘First Act’ was
‘There is only one. That isn’t so bad’.(close..no quote)..
He was referring to the ‘Red Coat’ that was quartered in his home.
Of course that is when he was trying to be ‘neutral’....
Captain Simcoe is a real piece of work. Notice he said he bought his commission after the death of the previous captain.
I could smell him through the TV.
Thank you for the links.
“My favorite was the ambush scene near the end which was cut back and forth from the forced pledge of Abe Woodhull”
I thought that the forced pledge was a distraction from an otherwise great scene. It didn’t ruin the scene, but almost. I was shouting at my TV for him to STFU.
Oh, & btw I loved the show. Great characters, actors, story, and realism. It could have been filmed in my backyard.
All you cheapskates should get Direct TV.
Watching tonight’s episode for free.
So you like taxes and fees?
Direct TV can kiss me royal Irish ass.
Turn is fantastic.
This episode is better than thew last.
Probably too slow moving for most people. But I think its an outstanding show.
I missed last nights episode.
I am watching it now.
This series is very well done.
We don’t think much of what it was actually like to take on the British Empire in your own backyard.
What the Founders and their fellow patriots risked is always a source of amazement to me.
The whole enterprise had to be God-inspired and God-directed.
Without the leaders of that day in America, the effort would have surely foundered in a thousand different ways.
What really makes me think, is whether a repeat of this time is our future also.
The tyranny of the Federal government is fast approaching that of the British Empire.
Good show tonight.
Yes, it was a good show.
Next week looks to be also.
Thanks,for the link—good info there. Did not know this was Brian Kilmeade’s book.
Or the Abraham wood hull was a real person.
The courage of these folks is amazing.
We owe them a great debt.
Kilmeades book is not the first on the subject.
Yes we do owe these people a great debt.