Texas Rising, a miniseries showing on the History Channel is, well, a mess.
Even so, it has drawn a huge audience:
The first night of the 10-hour effort was the most watched miniseries premiere — across all of cable — since 'The Bible.'
I don't expect others to know all about Texas history, or all about the seven distinct geographical regions, but I would expect a movie crew to research both before attempting a seven-part miniseries of such magnitude.
I admit, even as a life-long Texan, I do not know all the details. But the major details? Yes, I know enough.
The series begins shortly after the fall of the Alamo. Admittedly, only a true historian could make perfect sense out of the myriad events and battles, but at least movie makers could learn and use the basics--the important ones.
|SPRINGTIME ON A RANCH NEAR GONZALES|
|TYPICAL TERRAIN IN SOUTH TEXAS|
|THE REAL SANTA ANNA|
|OLIVIER MARTINEZ, A FRENCH ACTOR, WHO|
PLAYS GENERAL SANTA ANNA.
CYNTHIA ADDAI-ROBINSON WHO PLAYS
EMILY WEST, THE YELLOW ROSE OF TEXAS
I could go on and on, but one big mistake is depicting the rag-tag Texan Army as all white. Many Texans--sometimes referred to as "Texians"--were Mexican. Some came through the revolution and remained loyal to Texas, their home as much as it was the whites'. Numerous towns and counties are named for the "Mexican Texans."
I won't criticize the actress Cynthia Addai-Robinson who played Emily West, known as The Yellow Rose of Texas. Why? Too many variations about this woman exist, including her exact role in the Battle of San Jacinto, her looks, and her age. Instead, I will say the actress is lovely, although perhaps a bit overdressed for her role.
The characters playing the Anglos are indiscernible from one another. They are dressed alike, equally filthy, unshaven, and appear the same color from head to toe as the bland brown dry dusty landscape.
I know Bill Paxton plays Sam Houston, so he's the only one I can identify.
I shouldn't be so harsh with this portrayal of the Texas Revolution. Movie makers are quite adept at taking a historical event and "messing" it up.
Another case was the 1960 version of The Alamo starring John Wayne.
~*~JW and others wore Western clothing, as though the story of The Alamo was a western.
~*~Soldiers sing Happy Birthday to a little girl 57 years before it was written.
~*~The Alamo in this movie had upstairs windows. The real one never has.
~*~Susannah Dickinson's dresses had zippers..all of them. The zipper was not invented until 1930, and even then, dresses did not have zippers.
I could go on and on.
As an author of Western Historical Romance, I try to have my facts straight. Of course, none of us are experts...well, maybe Kathleen Rice Adams is...but I do try to work with the facts.
Come Monday night, I will continue the Texas Rising series. I want to see what the producers do with The Runaway Scrape.
One bright spot is that Kris Kristofferson will sing a song written especially for this series, titled "Texas Rising." I do not want to miss that. Reviewers have praised it and the actor/singer.
Celia Yeary-Romance...and a little bit 'o Texas
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