This series bothered me. Don’t get me wrong, I find the story fascinating, but it’s the disgusting way hollywood, and now evidently basic cable, tells stories that disgusts the living daylights out of me.
I took a class my freshman year in college called “Conflict and Cooperation,” in which we spent about a third of the semester analyzing the bajeebers out of this story. History Channel actually got a lot right.
But what bugs me is how friggon obsessed everyone is with injecting as much sex and romance possible into stories. I thought that was just an HBO thing, but it appears History Channel wanted to make this series the basic cable version of Game of Thrones. Can’t the viewers just assume that married couples had sex? Was it REALLY necessary to shove it in the viewers face (as much as you can on basic cable) whenever they did? Lord have mercy on us all. And don’t even get me started on the out of marriage sex that they decided to film for good measure.
The perverted embellishing of Johnse’s relationships was entirely unnecessary. Read any book on the Hatfield’s and McCoy’s, and you will find a solid portion, at least an entire chapter, devoted to the political implications of Devil Anse’s timbering business, and a couple pages at best devoted to Johnse’s love affairs. But Americans are too bloody stupid to enjoy television without some sort of romanticism in the plot, so OF COURSE history channel played it up as much as possible. Goodness, it seems half of this series revolved around his relationships. Ugh. Of course his marriage had consequences, I’m not denying that, but History played up his affairs beyond belief, and there’s absolutely no excuse for focusing on raw affection and intimacy between him and his lovers. You will never read any details about that in any well respected piece of literature.
I’m kind of disappointed that nobody else is bothered by this stuff on TV anymore. Desensitized?