'Jamestown - The Complete Season 3'
(Naomi Battrick, Max Beesley, Jason Flemyng, Dean Lennox Kelly, Stuart Martin, et al / 2-Disc DVD / PG-13 / 2019 / PBS)
Overview: It's boom time in Jamestown, but success brings the scrutiny of the Crown and there are few in the settlement who have nothing to hide.
Relations with the Native Americans offer hope and advancement for the settlers until greed for land and want of power corrupts those with influence.
What ensues is devastating conflict; the fallout of which will shape the New World for centuries to come.
DVD Verdict: From the producers of Downtown Abbey, 'Jamestown' is not so much a historically accurate recounting of times back in 1619, but moreover a challenging interpretation of what times were like and the things that could have happened therein.
It's boom time in Jamestown and Virginia promises riches and freedom for the English settlers.
Jocelyn's destroyed plantation may have regrown but old feuds remain; she plans revenge, but Yeardley will not be dislodged without a fight.
Profits in the colony bring the watchful eye of the King of England to focus on Jamestown, and the arrival of an enigmatic man in town forces many to attempt to cover the tracks of their past indiscretions.
Amongst the conflict, love grows, and even Jocelyn is presented with a future she never thought possible.
Maria, Pedro, and their fellow Angolans fight to find a place for themselves in the colony, but can no longer deny the tyranny they live under and the unspeakable reality of what this means for their future.
The Sharrows have formed a deep connection with the Native Americans; Henry has taken a Pamunkey wife, and Silas lives with them in exile.
His friendship with the warrior Chacrow is tested and he finds himself at the center of the gravest clash between the English and the Native Americans.
These conflicts herald a new chapter in Virginia's history which will shape the New World for centuries to come.
In truth, 'Jamestown' - as a series - started out stronger than it finished, but that happens when a series that is hoped to go for more than two seasons gets axed, I suppose!
I liked it well enough and have followed it regimentally from the very start, as many of my friends have too, of course.
Chock full of great actors - like Burn Gorman from 'Turn' and 'Game of Thrones' and the brilliant Sophie Rundle from 'Peaky Blinders' - I was interested in the couples for the most part, but the characterization got a little wobbly and aimless toward the end.
The introduction of the slaves in season two was a good idea, but kind of rushed in my mind for they appeared and it seemed like right away they were all speaking English!
As with all the season, this third season featured a lot of political intrigue, some interesting, some convoluted and unbaked. Oh, and my favorite couple ended up being the "comic relief," the drunk tavern keeper and his sassy wife!
Limited budget obviously, but the scenery was still lovely. OK, playing Devil's Advocate, to give credit where credit is due, the finale itself wasn't terrific, but complete with a brief synopsis it at least put the ending into an appropriate historical context for the viewer.
So, and wrapping things up here for those of you still on the fence about whether or not to binge this series, well: Beloved characters vanish in the blink of an eye through various means, from death to change so radical, you almost can't recognize them, but man it makes it interesting to follow along with their newly-created paths!
For, the one thing this show has always done is make you unsure who the heroes and villains are. Henry's redemption arc comes full circle and there are good things in store for Mercy and James Read, but what can you do to survive in a world turned upside down?
Once again, excellent performances of these strong characters carry the show so yes, definitely worth the binge for my money - and yours, once you invest in this wonderful PBS TV series on DVD! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.