John Adams

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"I'm gettin' hard on myself, sittin' in my easy chair."
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Posted on April 19, 2008 10:37 AM in Television
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If you haven't been watching John Adams on HBO, what have you been doing? I started watching the 7-part series about a week ago, and I was immediately hooked. I think I paid a little more attention in History class than the majority of my peers, but a lot of the things in the series have come as surprises to me (though I also paid enough attention in class to know you can't always believe what you see on television...or even read in History books).

Last weekend I finished Part 6 ("Unnecessary War") and immediately felt this sense of loss, thinking that the series had come to an end. I kept thinking, "but what will happen with Thomas Jefferson now in office, and what about John Quincy?" The series is done so well, and does such a good job of making characters like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson so intriguing, even in their flaws, that you can't help but transcend the common pull of a protagonist and simply desire to find out how things pan out in the longer-term for whoever is involved.

Needless to say, I was very pleased and relieved when I checked out the website and learned that there is a seventh part ("Peacefield") that closes out the series. I'm sure I'll feel the same sense of loss once I see the last moments of that episode, but hopefully it will present some closure that the episodes I have seen to date have not.


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