“Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives.”
I have great respect for America’s Founding Fathers and gained and even greater one for John Adams during my recent American Navy course given that, like Washington, he was indeed “a friend to the Navy” during his tenure as 2nd President of the United States and that he understood the need to ‘always be ready for war at sea,’ and built up America’s Navy accordingly that well protected America’s shores — so having heard over and over that HBO had put together a 7-hour mini-series, and that it was ‘exceedingly’ good just as many times, I figured that I had best put it at the top of my ever-growing Netflix queue and get crackin.’
I viewed the first episode, “Join or Die” last night, and it definitely left a good impression, enough so that I will be making it a point to finish the next 6-installments within the next week or so. Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney are already a couple of my favorite actors as is so seeing them in their respective roles as John and Abigail Adams was a real treat. Once again, I’m a little late to the part, but better late than never as the old saying goes.
John Adams is a sprawling HBO miniseries event that depicts the extraordinary life and times of one of Americas least understood, and most underestimated, founding fathers: the second President of the United States, John Adams. Starring Paul Giamatti (Sideways, Cinderella Man, HBOs American Spendor) in the title role and Laura Linney (You Can Count on Me, Kinsey) as Adams devoted wife Abigail, John Adams chronicles the extraordinary life journey of one of the primary shapers of our independence and government, whose legacy has often been eclipsed by more flamboyant contemporaries like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton and Benjamin Franklin. Set against the backdrop of a nations stormy birth, this sweeping miniseries is a moving love story, a gripping narrative, and a fascinating study of human nature. Above all, at a time when the nation is increasingly polarized politically, this story celebrates the shared values of liberty and freedom upon which this country was built.