THE PLOT THUS FAR
“Rebels” recants the story of the birth of the United States from 16th C settlers to the Boston Tea Party, the American Revolution, and eventually our independence. It attempts to show how unified we once were to achieve a single goal; regardless of race or class. Freedom is freedom; and this was patriotism in its purest form.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
This installment served as one half of the second night when the full series originally aired on History. I should know, because I feel like we covered the hell out of it when it originally aired. Basically, this is a little under an hour’s worth of real material that shows an elementary understanding of the American Revolution. I’d recommend the material for school age kids, but that’s about it. History themselves have done far deeper work into the same material. Hell, why couldn’t they get the Gettysburg team involved with this piece?
If one person gets at least a vague US history time line from this show, someone who normally doesn’t watch the History Channel…I feel then the show has done its job. If the CG graphics draw a younger crowd, like people who liked the movie 300, then good. They probably learned something. And yes, maybe it does make some historical items seem more important than they should or jumps to an assumption here and there, but it’s decent to watch and entertaining as a whole.
The DVD comes with interviews, featurette and trailer. The A/V Quality is sharp enough, but I expected more visual pop from a History Channel production. I guess visual panache is reserved for the bigger productions. Still, the Dolby mix was strong and it helped to make the historical recreations pop across the soundstage. I’d recommend a rental.
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