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You had me at History: AMC's 'Turn' Trailer

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | December 3, 2013 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | December 3, 2013 |

I don’t think it’s much of a secret around here, but I sort of like history. Every single fantastic thing that’s ever happened in a story? At some point it happened in history except probably in a stranger and more interesting way. Remember 1066? One of the three years you’re supposed to learn in history class? We remember it because that’s the year that the Normans invaded England and killed Sauron.

So, AMC might be teasing all of us with these rumors of what’s going down with Better Call Saul (prequel? comedy? snuff film? Better off Ted reboot?) but their new show that I’m more interested in is Turn, which tells the story of the Culper Ring, George Washington’s spies during the Revolutionary War. Here’s the too brief trailer:

Obligatory plot summary:

“Turn” is a spy thriller set during the American Revolutionary War. Based on remarkable new research featured in the book “Washington’s Spies,” by Alexander Rose, it tells the untold story of America’s first spies. “Turn” follows Abe Woodhull (Jamie Bell), a farmer living behind enemy lines in British-occupied Long Island, who bands together with a group of childhood friends to form The Culper Ring, an unlikely team of secret agents who would help turn the tide of the war in favor of the Rebels. Their daring efforts also revolutionized the art of espionage, giving birth to modern tradecraft as we know it today, along with all of the moral complexity that entails.

I’m still holding out hope that this will be a prequel to Jack of All Trades, if only for the Bruce Campbell cameo.

Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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