Friday, March 18, 2011
North and South miniseries
The other day, my sister, mother and I finished watching the Civil War era mini-series called "North and South." It is the story of two families, one from the North and one from the South, who are friends around the time before and during the Civil War.
The miniseries is split up into three sections, or books. The first is titled "North and South," the second "Love and War," and the third is "Heaven and Hell."
The story opens up with Orry Main, the son of a plantation owner, setting out to the military school West Point. On his way there, Orry is attacked some northerners who don't like him because he is from the South. Luckily, another young man sees that he is being assaulted, and comes over to help him. Between the two of them, the drive the gang of men away. The man who helps him is a Northerner named George Hazard, the son of the owner of Hazard Iron, who is also going to West Point. On the way to the school the two of them spark up a friendship which is to be tested over the course of the war.
The two split a dollar as a bet that Orry will pass the exams to enter West Point.
This split dollar remains a link between the two of them that is to last even through the Civil War.
What I liked.
1: Orry and George's friendship hands down. I absolutely love stories that show strong frienship's between too men, and this one if definitely one of my favorites (My third favorite after Obi-Wan and Anakin's and Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon's). From getting into trouble with their nasty Corporal, Bent, at West Point, or their sad goodbye at the dawn of the Civil War, you can tell that, even though they may disagree or argue, that these two men genuinely care for each other.
2: The acting. The acting in this miniseries, is WONDERFUL. The best would probably have to be Patrick Swayze as Orry Main and James Read as George Hazard, who portray their characters vividly and convincingly. Genie Francis, Terri Garber, Kirstie Alley, Wendy Kilbourne, and Phillip Casnoff do marvelously too.
3: The plot. The plot line is really really good! There are a few inconsistencies and things left unexplained, but on the whole, the story is well crafted.
4: Fight scenes: Whether its fistfights or a full scale battle, the fight scenes are well done and, mostly, look believable.
5: Another good thing about the show was that it showed that neither side, or group of people were perfectly good. In this miniseries we see good and bad of everyone, from northerners to southerners, whites to blacks to Native Americans. This is nice to see since some shows tend to show one side as perfect and good and the other side as evil and horrible.
6: I liked that some of the girls (like Brett, Constance, and Virgilia,) could take care of themselves and weren't wimps like some in other shows sometimes are.
What I didn't like.
1: The level of inappropriateness bothered me in this show, so that I had to hide my eyes several times while watching. Another thing is that their are several evil, psychos in this shows so be prepared for that.
2: Some of the inconsistencies got to me, and the third book wasn't as good as the first two, but beyond that, the show was good.
Warning: There are some inappropriate scenes in this miniseries, as well as some evil, psychopaths who attempt to do evil things but, luckily, their actions catch up with them. There is also quite a lot of violence and blood, especially in the second book, since there is a war going on and we see the battle field and the field hospitals.
So, overall, I would definitely recommend this miniseries to anyone who enjoys the civil war era or just likes a good story with powerful acting and an intriguing storyline.