Uninformed and/or Sanitized
There have been far better profiles of Jesse James on TV, including facts O'Reilly and his crew is either woefully unaware of or conveniently ignores. James' participation in atrocities as a member of the notorious Quantrill's Raiders guerrilla group is one such glaring omission. So is James' post-Civil War leadership in a white supremacist KKK-like group for whom his "robberies" were, in actuality, fund raisers. He was raising money to realize his vision of a Southern-based slave empire, extending well beyond the boundaries of the United States. This show doesn't even mention the controversy over James' death. A rudimentary inspection of the dead man buried as James - easily examined in a famous photo - reveals the man was not James. He looks more like John Cleese of Monty Python fame than he looks like James. Examine the photo yourself. At the very least, the show should have informed viewers of this debate. No mention is made of James' reputed stashes of gold, said to be in the millions and still possibly out there today, buried, securely hidden. Whether you believe in this side of the story or not, it should have been mentioned. Production values, too, are very amateurish and recreated scenes are corny, poorly acted and unrealistic. The narration is amateurish and hopelessly monotone, too - often buried under the rubble of sound effects and poorly-written background "music." If you're looking for a true cutting-edge documentary that presents new material uncovered through original research, this is not it. There's nothing here you haven't seen before - and there's much that's left to be desired. With its pompous title, the show's creators owed viewers far more than the pablum they're presenting here, which is on the level of a school book primer.
- May 3, 2015
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