The Son (2017–2019)
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I should add a few people have noted some time-line discrepancies. These may exist, but they are completely unimportant. Some of the other reviews here seem to nitpick over ridiculous irrelevancies. I do not know how these people can enjoy television! We have to remember a product like this costs tremendous money for a television studio trying out an unproven new show without any guarantee of ratings, and we should at least be admiring of the effort put in.
The pacing is slow compared to more "actioney" shows like Hell on Wheels. It has a main and a secondary plot, both of which are very enjoyable. So far it does not contain any cheap nudity or such, which i think is welcome.
It's leaning far more towards realism than being over the top - everything from clothing to language e.g the native Americans speak their own language. So if you're expecting Xena in Texas, well, you'll be disappointed ;)
Like always I really enjoyed Zahn McClarnon's performance, great actor with such great presence.
Looking forward to see more.
Add to the father/son relationships is a West in transition, with the end of the Buffalo hunts in mid 19th century, and the faint beginnings of the oil industry in Texas in 1915.
If this isn't enough to entice you, throw in race relations, between the whites and the Indians and the whites and the Mexicans, and within the races, between those who practice compassion and those who do not, and those who have power and those who do not.
Onto this broad landscape we have marvelous photography, great location shots, and terrific acting. This is TV at its near best, and I think it may be Brosnan's finest role.
We're really enjoying the series which seems very authentic to us. The production is beautiful and I'm particularly enjoying the scenes of the young Eli McCoullough and his life with his captives. I don't know if it's historically accurate but I imagine that this wasn't a rare occurrence during that time. The acting is generally good and it's marvellous to see the excellent Carlos Bardem in the show.
Brosnan is always enjoyable to watch but I agree with those who wonder at the age of the character in comparison with the actor playing the part of a man who must be ....80+? However I've decided to forget that point and just enjoy the story which is unusual and entertaining in a sea of the usual TV offerings - zombies, horror etc.
Thats okay though, I often have read the books before or after a movie or show only to notice characters have been added, changed or left out all together, perhaps so the show flows better with less characters or the story-lines can be more easily adapted. I get that.
I say the show is a 10 but it may come down as it proceeds, I feel as if the novel is maybe only 70 % of the show, or visa-versa, I see Eli has one more son in the novel as is being introduced in the show, I do not see reference of the granddaughter in the novel, only later, a great granddaughter.
I see the show as a good, rough, edgy TV drama, of course edgier than the old days, but today's TV audience, specially adults demand an adult drama. You are not watching Bonanza, and although my Mom would say Gunsmoke at the time was edgier than Bonanza at the time, I would have to say this meets the match of being what would be considered an adult Western, not a family Western.
Pierce Brosnan is believable as the Western Matriarch. Having an accent already makes him easier to believe than if a Californian attempted the roll, since the south has remnants of a European drawl....he is also an edgy actor, not fluff, so the roll fits very well.
The supporting actors are good, but since they are the spokes in the hub its hard to mess that up, but the lead son does act very much like the torn individual who is trying to hold the family together in very hairy times.
The flash backs are good, because it is showing how Eli matured and was created out of the horror of his family being killed and his maturing during his being kept as a slave in the Native American tribe that kept him. Yes it was an ugly time, something that is not often shown in family westerns.
I will report back but so far this is the only show I am looking forward to seeing every Saturday.
It's about time! After six episodes, I've seen all the ambushes, bodies, beatings, shootings, torturings I need. How about some PLOT, guys? The outright bad guy, an obviously racist troublemaker, is so two- dimensional that he disappears if he turns sideways. And of course, there's a Magic Black Man. Very slow buildup,and only four episodes of this season left. If there's to be a second, they need to sharpen up.
Pierce Brosnan sort of works as the patriarch of the Old Texas farm, but he hasn't quite mastered the accent. And others have pointed out that if as indicated, he was kidnapped 66 years ago he's looking very sprightly for a guy who must be in at least his mid-70's. In 1915 that was OLD.
Good to look at - CGI has come along way since Boardwalk Empire. The Son looks a lot more expensive than it must have been, but that's about it. Plot- wise, it's sub-Dynasty. Things happen because the script says they do, not because the characters are driven by anything apart from killing Mexicans or Indians.
The Son is probably strongest on its sympathetic, uncompromising depiction of the Comanche, and its staging. It's weakest on everything else.
I don't think the writers/producers/director did their math.
Hope it get's better, the bones are there!