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Date Posted: 17:15:22 11/05/18 Mon
Author: kgp
Subject: Season 4: Episode 1

On the whole I thought they did a fine job of it. The costuming and sets in general were bang on and I think the amount of scene mushing and expostion was appropriate considering the amount of material to cover. Loved Rollo's first appearance. Good to have the cast back again.

Picky observations (can't help it):
I was disappointed they changed the charge leading to the hanging to murder rather than theft. It would have brought home the brutality of what passed for justice in that time. Also - that particular actor was named Duncan last season or am I remembering incorrectly?

Thought Jamie's decision to take up Tryon's offer was muddled.

Thought some of the camera work made them look cartoonish - too sharp against a green screen, perhaps.

Didn't like the choice of playing Ray Charles' America the Beautiful over the attack on the river at the end. To me, it took me out of the moment and was more of a jarring distraction than the artistic, ironic juxtaposition of the glories of the nation with the violence and hardship, if that's what it was meant to be.

What are your thoughts? I'm absolutely watching it again.

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[> I loved it but am so glad I’ve read the books first. I think I would have been confused about a lot of what was going on if I hadn’t. Although jarring I did appreciate using America the Beautiful at the end. It made me cry over the stupid, unnecessary, vile evil that exists in man in spite of all the beauty and wonder we are blessed with. How such honest efforts to carve a place in the new world could be so quickly shattered. -- Kathy in PA, 14:19:17 11/10/18 Sat

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[> America The Beautiful -- Christy, 15:06:08 11/11/18 Sun

I have to agree with you about the playing of Ray Charles’ America The Beautiful over the evil scenes portrayed at the end of this episode. It was jarring and IMHO a pretty cheap shot. Perhaps, when one lives in the UK one cannot understand how cherished this song is to the average American. I found it in bad taste. Something akin to playing God Save The Queen or Land Of Hope & Glory over footage of IRA violence in the 1970’s or footage of the car crash in the Alma Tunnel in Paris in 1997.

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[> [> I can see that. The Ray Charles version is well known here and the song has been suggested as a national anthem instead of our current one as it's less marshal and more about the virtues of the country. Also easier to sing 😜 . An instrumental version would have been less of an interruption for me though an original bit of music or something not so anachronistic would have been preferable over the violent montage. -- kgp, 09:45:29 11/13/18 Tue

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