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A Dangerous Game 

Sam Adams angers the British after his actions lead to the destruction of the royal governor's mansion; Sam and John Hancock establish a black-market smuggling operation; the conflict escalates following a boy's murder.


Kari Skogland




Episode credited cast:
Ben Barnes ... Sam Adams
Marton Csokas ... General Thomas Gage
Ryan Eggold ... Joseph Warren
Henry Thomas ... John Adams
Michael Raymond-James ... Paul Revere
Rafe Spall ... John Hancock
Jason O'Mara ... George Washington
Dean Norris ... Ben Franklin
Sean Gilder ... Thomas Hutchinson
Shane Taylor ... Thomas Preston (2014)
Emily Berrington ... Margaret Kemble Gage
Diarmaid Murtagh ... Tim Kelly
Kevin Ryan ... John Pitcairn
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Samuel Bottomley ... Christopher Seider
Billy Carter ... Thomas Jefferson


Sam Adams begins feeling the pressure of taxes as most colonists feel during the American Revolution. Taking a job as a tax broker but feeling no ability to take the people's money, sam is considered an outlaw and on the run. John Hancock offers Sam an opportunity to get out of it... for a price. The governor halts Hancock's selling of alcohol and Hancock recruits Sam, Paul Revere, and others to help smuggle in his production. As the story progresses the people begin retaliating again the British and pressuring the English military to take action.

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The revolution will be televised
21 April 2016 | by Fluke_SkywalkerSee all my reviews

The founding fathers were hawt. That, it seems, is the principle lesson to be learned from part 1 of the 3 part History Channel miniseries "Sons of Liberty". For instance, Samuel Adams is portrayed by Ben Barnes, a dashing looking man in his early 30s. At the time of the events that take place here the real Samuel Adams was a full decade older, and not exactly Tiger Beat material. Many of his fellow "Sons" are of the same mold. This is the American Revolution for the MTV generation.

The production values at least are serviceable, though Boston feels every inch the back lot it is. The cast do what they can with the material, though some fare better than others. Seasoned pros like Sean Gilder, Marton Csokas and Dean Norris give the sparse bones here a little meat, and Ben Barnes gives us a better Adams than is on the page, but Rafe Spall as John Hancock seems to be channeling Tom Hulce's take on Amadeus, and that is not a compliment.

Ham-fisted, over-stylized and bad history to boot, this opening chapter of 'Sons of Liberty' has me feeling a bit rebellious myself and I just might toss parts 2 and 3 into the Boston Harbor.

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