As I said in my earlier blog, I have a love hate relationship with this show. I love me a western. The hats, the long coats, the saloons, the gunfights, etc. etc.
This could be a great show, if they just stuck to the historical facts. It's good when it does that, it's bad when it goes all soap opera-y.
The actual story was fantastic -- and these isn't any reason I can see not to tell the actual story.
In one of the first episodes they showed the crew laying down rails. And it was a bunch of empty motions. People swinging picks at nothing, carrying around stuff nowhere. Why the hell couldn't they do a minimum of showing how it was really done?
The later shows actually started to make an effort to show some of the mechanics of it, which was encouraging.
I think people would be interested in a realistic portrayal of the building of a railroad. There could be fantastic (and very relevant scenes) showing the back room finagling and political wrangling.
They could show the drama of the race -- by showing both the western and eastern RR they could show the dangerous explosions, and explore the race relations between the Chinese and whites and so on. Just a huge wealth of material.
But they settle into these little predictable formulaic stories, which is a shame.
Thing is, they do hint at the bigger things, occasionally -- so that's frustrating.
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