I should have just called this blog the IRREGULARLY PUBLISHED WiLL.
Spent this week watching the entire series of Turn which is a fantastic new series on AMC focusing on "America's First Spy Ring" - The Culper Ring during the Revolutionary War. Great stuff, with awesome production design and attention to detail. It's too bad that the writers have decided to go with drama rather than history though, as the events occur about two years too early (the series starts in the Winter of 1776, shows Washington crossing the Delaware and the formation of the Culper Ring at the same time when the ring didn't actually get started until 1778).
It's great to see favorite character actors in new roles. Burn Gorman is most familiar to me as Owen from the first two seasons of Torchwood, and he was recently in Dark Knight Rises and Pacific Rim, He also appeared on Game of Thrones for four episodes. In Turn he plays a stuffy Major in the British Army who's in charge of Setauket, Long Island, the birthplace of the Culper Ring. Kevin R. McNally is also one of the featured players and he was familiar to me from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, though he's appeared in a ton of stuff over the years, including I, Claudius, and Doctor Who. Finally there's Angus MacFayden playing the notorious Robert Rogers, who I think an entire show could be based around. In fact, Spencer Tracey played Rogers in a film about his earlier exploits looking for the Northwest Passage.
So it's not 100% historically accurate, what historical show is? Often times fictions are more interesting than the truth, but here the truth really is so darn interesting that it's hard to denigrate the show for not being MORE accurate. Most probably this TV show is the first experience that it's viewers will have with this portion of the Revolutionary War. In that sense, the show is doing a great service, it's educating it's audience, which a show like this needs to do to stay relevant.
I've just ordered the book that it's based upon as well, Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring by Alexander Rose. Can't wait to read it.
Honestly the story is so interesting to me, it makes me wonder if there are still decendents of the major players alive. I'm sure there are to be honest.
BTW - If you haven't been watching it, this Sunday AMC is doing a full marathon starting at 1:30 PM PST and going until 10 pm.