AU $28 BUY: Jamestown – Season 1
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1619. On what feels like the edge of the world sits Jamestown, Virginia. For 12 years, it has been populated only by men, but the settlement is shaken up when the first women land in this wilderness. The disruptive new arrivals are immediately thrust into a new world of desire, power, and survival. From the makers of Downton Abbey. New episodes of Jamestown premiere every week beginning 3/23.
What I like:
1) The costumes, the scenery, the feel of Jamestown.
2) The actors. No doubt some are typecast (the fiery redhead), but that¡¯s largely ok with me.
3) The intrigue. We recognize that these settlements were not havens of harmony and fellowship. They were often riven by deep disagreements over everything from religion to economics.
What I don¡¯t like:
1) The score. It seems to be some version of someone¡¯s idea of ¡®Indian music,¡¯ with a pow-wow best or some such.
2) Some of the character (not visible) stereotypes, such as the minister who secretly lusts after women.
I have no idea as to how historically accurate it is ¨C other than the general level of filth and patriarchy. I did not expect a historically accurate program on this occasion. It¡¯s period soap; that¡¯s all.
As for those complaining about number of episodes, the BBC¡¯s relation with Masterpiece Theater, or needing to pay something to see a PBS series online. My response are: complain to Amazon, not in a ¡®review;¡¯ seriously? The Beebs has produced any number of MT series; PBS in in trouble because conservatives have worked to under-fund it (*public*) and few of us contribute to keep it up.
1. Episode 1
1619. An English ship arrives in Virginia with women destined to marry the frustrated men of Jamestown. Faced with a hazardous wilderness and physical hardship, they are drawn to the intoxicating hope of freedom and adventure. UK Edition.
2. Episode 2
Farlow and Redwick’s disdain for their new female neighbors intensifies, and when the precocious Verity is accused of witchcraft, Jocelyn must use her guile to help her friend. UK Edition.
3. Episode 3
Pamunkey warriors descend upon the colony and the settlers meet with powerful tribal leader Opechancanough. When Massinger tries to cause trouble for Silas, Alice unearths a damning secret from the plantation owner’s past. UK Edition.
4. Episode 4
Rumor of a goldmine map sends suspicion around the settlement. Farlow and Redwick resort to espionage to get the better of Jocelyn and when James Read’s temper leads him into serious trouble, he finds himself indebted to Alice. UK Edition.
5. Episode 5
When Yeardley is struck down by illness, Redwick sees an opportunity to cause civil unrest. An accusation by Alice spurs James into finding out what really happened to Henry, while Jocelyn realizes she underestimated Temperance. UK Edition.
6. Episode 6
Verity succumbs to the bad habits for which she was jailed back in England. The Sharrows’ crop comes under a potentially devastating threat. And as the settlers mark the harvest, an arrival in town disrupts the celebrations. UK Edition.
7. Episode 7
Henry presents his newfound riches and soon acquires himself an array of eager friends. His return pushes Alice to take matters into her own hands, and a scientific discovery alters the hopes of all within Jamestown. UK Edition.
8. Episode 8
A British boat arrives with news for Temperance and important instructions for Yeardley. Redwick strikes a covert business deal. As the farmers celebrate the harvest, a new and deplorable chapter in the town’s history begins. UK Edition.
Actors: Naomi Battrick, Max Beesley, Sophie Rundle, Niamh Walsh, Stuart Martin
Format: Color, Dolby, Widescreen, PAL
Region: Region 4 for Australia
Number of discs: 3
Rated: Not Rated
DVD Release in: 2017
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