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  1. I hadn't heard about this show until the other day, and lo and behold the first episode aired tonight. It's a Ridley Scott produced PBS series about a hospital during the Civil War. The first episode is up on PBS and will be until Feb. Here's a review from The Wrap. My own take is a bit mixed. I liked a lot of stuff--Winstead is good and Radnor is, at least, not bad and their exchange toward the end of the first episode (where his racism shades into a desire to treat the Confederate soldiers humanely, while her anti-racism shades into contempt for Confederate soldiers) is, at least, mildly interesting. The best scene in the episode involves Winstead's character and McKinley Belcher's character--and, indeed, I was most interested whenever Belcher was onscreen. Part of that, honestly, is because I've seen Civil War narratives that focus on the consciences or travails of white people during the time period, and it's getting to be old hat (the absolute worst part of this episode was pretty evenly spread out into every scene involving the hotel-turned-hospital's former owners, who embody every possible stereotype of insipid, fluttery Suh-thuhn Genteelity). Belcher, though? Belcher's interesting. He's something different for this kind of show, at least to my mind. The AVClub doesn't like it, btw:
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