Branded: Season 1, Episode 2

The Vindicators (31 Jan. 1965)

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Ned Travis is a reporter for the New York Herald who's made something of a career for himself writing about Jason McCord and Bitter Creek. He wants McCord to tell him the truth about what ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Sue Pritchett
Ned Travis
Gen. James Reed
Lt. John Pritchett
Johnny Jensen ...
Johnny Pritchett
John Pickard ...
Charles P. Thompson ...
Telegrapher (as Charles Thompson)
Robert Random ...
Soldier (as Bob Random)


Ned Travis is a reporter for the New York Herald who's made something of a career for himself writing about Jason McCord and Bitter Creek. He wants McCord to tell him the truth about what it's like to be the most hated man in the territory and what really happened at Bitter Creek. McCord won't talk so Travis goes to Mrs. Pritchett whose husband Lt. John Pritchett was killed at Bitter Creek. She shows him letters which could tell the true story of the incident once and for all but McCord has reasons of his own for not wanting the truth to be revealed. Written by tomtrekp

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31 January 1965 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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31 men died at Bitter Creek. See more »


Jason McCord: Maybe I should have relieved him earlier... weeks earlier when I first knew. Maybe I put friendship ahead of duty. Maybe I am responsible... even more than General Reed.
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No one will ever know the truth.
5 February 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Claude Adkins stars in this second episode of Branded. He plays a reporter looking for the story on Jason McCord and what really went down at Bitter Creek. I found the background to the story very interesting. And I loved what Jason had to say about the letters that could have brought the truth to surface (see quotes attached to this episode). It would be very difficult to part with such letters, but there is a point to this I found very thought-provoking. We tend to hold on to letters and videos, etc. of those we love long after they pass away, but their memories aren't on the paper - they are in our hearts.

Still, I would have found it impossible to burn the letters, yet she did it not only to protect the General, but also to protect her husband. Her husband would have not wanted his intimate thoughts published for all to read - those were personal thoughts for only the two of them to share.

So, I've heard that Jason rides around trying to clear his name, but I don't think that is the theme of this series. He made it clear in this episode that if he DID manage to clear his name, he would have to hurt a good friend of his. The truth died when Jason died. It is now buried and forgotten...unless in his old age he voiced the truth and somehow managed to convince those that mattered of the truth, but probably not.

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