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Review of "The Son" 4/16/17 by Suzanne
Airs Sundays 9/8c on AMC

This is like an old western mini-series, but it's very violent and has a lot of psychological angst as well, thrown in with some good history.

Eli (Pierce Brosnan) is a Texas cattle baron in the early 20th century; he's the patriarch of a family that's about to lose everything. He hopes to drill for oil.  However, Eli is really messed up because of his tragic childhood, and he and the others deal with problems outside of the law.  A lot of their problems have to do with Mexicans who want their land back because of turmoil in Mexico.

Eli's son, Pete (Henry Garrett) doesn't like his father's violent ways and tries to change, but much like Michael in The Godfather, he keeps getting pulled back into that life. He also doesn't think they should drill for oil.

There are many other characters, and we see flashbacks to how Eli was kidnapped by the Indians and all of the horrors that he had to endure. It's an interesting tale, based on a very thoroughly-researched book.  It's not really my kind of show (although I usually do like a good Western). I love Pierce Brosnan, but I'd rather see him as a good guy than as this J.R. Ewing-wannabe.

If you love historical westerns and don't mind violence, you'll probably enjoy this.


Based on Philipp Meyer’s New York Times best-selling and Pulitzer Prize finalist novel, “The Son” will air on AMC and SundanceTV beginning Saturday, April 8th with a two-hour premiere at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. Both networks will air all episodes from season one. The ten-episode, one-hour drama is a sweeping family saga spanning 150 years and three generations of the McCullough family. The series traces the transformation of Eli McCullough (Pierce Brosnan), the charismatic family patriarch, from good-natured innocent to calculating killer. He loses everything on the wild frontier, setting him on the path to building a ranching-and-oil dynasty of unsurpassed wealth and privilege.  Eli’s eldest son Pete (Henry Garrett), has grown up in his father’s shadow and struggles to make him proud while forging his own identity. Pete’s strong-willed daughter, Jeannie (Sydney Lucas) idolizes her grandfather and despite being raised in a male-dominated world, rejects her fate of existing solely to marry and bear children. Eli’s ruthlessness pits him against his wealthy Spanish neighbor, Pedro Garcia (Carlos Bardem) and his quest for power triggers consequences that span generations. Shared through a series of flashbacks, “The Son” pulls viewers into the world of young Eli McCullough (Jacob Lofland) and his father figure, Comanche war chief, Toshaway (Zahn McClarnon) and deftly explores the McCullough’s rise to become one the most powerful family dynasties in Texas. 

Produced by AMC Studios and Sonar Entertainment, “The Son” is written and executive produced by Meyer, Lee Shipman, Brian McGreevy and showrunner Kevin Murphy. Tom Lesinski and Jenna Santoianni also serve as executive producers.

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