The History Channel has found success in delivering scripted television with shows like Hatfields & McCoys and Vikings. The network has tapped director Kari Skogland, who contributed a number of episodes to Vikings, with fleshing out the story of the American Revolution with the new Sons of Liberty.
Like the aforementioned programs, Sons of Liberty does its best at maintaining historical accuracy, but is far more concerned with other pursuits. There’s spectacularly staged action sequences and battles, quippy dialogue, and a fun take on the personalities of our major players. But the staging is not all Sons of Liberty has to offer.
Ben Barnes (Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian) lends a honor and Robin Hood take on Samuel Adams, in trouble for failing to collect taxes. As John Hancock, Rafe Spall (Life of Pi, Prometheus) is simultaneously flamboyant and disinterested, while Dean Norris (Breaking Bad) has too much fun with the predelictions of Benjamin Franklin.
That’s the real takeaway from Sons of Liberty: fun. The show doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s more action movie than a vessel to deliver information. However, the show goes to great lengths to recreate the colonial setting, often far more realistic than we might have imagined. Sons of Liberty doesn’t take that lofty portrait of our nation’s founders sitting around, angst ridden with a deisre for freedom. It makes them human beings in a world where they are taken advantage of, with real issues and a passion for better.
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