Releasing from Anchor Bay today is the second season of the highly engaging AMC series, Turn: Washington’s Spies. Starring Jamie Bell as Abe Woodhull, the story this season is even more epic and expansive as the series explores the Culper spy ring during the American Revolution.
The series is based on the historical non-fiction book, Washington’s Spies: The Story of America’s First Spy Ring by Alexander Rose.
I enjoyed the first season greatly, but this season is head and shoulders above it, as the events of the conflict are examined on a more personal level. Yes, there are no doubt a large number of fictionalized moments for dramatic storytelling purposes, but the series is entrenched in actual events, and watching both the British, and the American forces maneuver around one another, both on the battlefield and off, is something to see.
As Washington (Ian Kahn) seeks to outmaneuver the British forces, and the developing spy ring created by Abe may give him the edge he needs. There are heroes on both sides, and once again, the series is nothing if not compelling drama, filled with history, that makes the events all the more stunning.
There are problems, manipulations and deceptions on all sides, from within Woodhull’s own family, including wife Mary (Meegan Warner) and father, Richard (Kevin McNally) to conflicting British intentions and forces overseen by Major Hewlett (Burn Gorman) and the devious, and vicious, John Simcoe (Samuel Roulkin).
Brilliantly paced, there are emotional moments of both the small and grand scale, this season sees Abe infiltrating British controlled New York, and courting an alliance with Robert Townsend (Nick Westrate) that may lead to disastrous results for Abe.
We also see the relationships surrounding Washington, and Benedict Arnold (Owain Yeoman) as Arnold is, unknowingly, courted by British forces through the actions of Peggy Shippen (Ksenia Solo), orchestrated by Major John Andre (JJ Feild).
There was so much going on in the Revolutionary War, all these tiny incidents occurring on both sides of the war that led and created larger events that would undoubtedly affect the outcome of the war.
I love how the series is put together, creating fascinating character arcs, moments and storylines against the larger backdrop of the history of the United States.
Rounding out the 10 episode collection, is glances inside the creation and history of each episode, as well as some behind the scenes features. I, personally, cannot believe how engaging I find this series, I flew through the season, and found myself incredibly impatient for more. It’s a good thing season three gets underway 25 April, 2016.
So that gives viewers plenty of time to get caught up on season 2, and if you haven’t started the series yet, go back to season 1, also available from Anchor Bay, and binge your way through it, it’s totally worthy!
Turn: Washington’s Spies is available from Anchor Bay today!