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TV Review: History Channel’s Texas Rising

“Remember the Alamo”

TEXAS RISING premiered Memorial Day 2015 on the History Channel. The five-part miniseries is based on the 1836 Texas Revolution and the rise of the legendary Texas Rangers.

Two-time Oscar-nominated director Roland Joffé (THE KILLING FIELDS, THE MISSION) directs TEXAS RISING with an all-star cast including: Bill Paxton, Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olivier Martinez, Thomas Jane, Christopher McDonald, Jeremy Davies, Chad Michael Murray, Max Thieriot, Robert Knepper, Rhys Coiro, Crispin Glover, Jeff Fahey, Rob Morrow, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Trevor Donovan and Kris Kristofferson.

TEXAS RISING: From the Ashes

Part 1 of HISTORY’s event series TEXAS RISING began filled with intensity as the Mexican army led by the ruthless General Santa Anna (Olivier Martinez) destroy the Alamo. Santa Anna spares the lives of a few women and children, only after being advised by Almonte (Antonio De La Vega). Emily West (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) is one of the few survivors and who will later become immortalized as the “Yellow Rose of Texas.”

West had traveled to the Alamo with the papers to free her beloved brother–only to watch his execution by Santa Anna’s troops. She vows to avenge her brother’s death by infiltrating Santa Anna’s camp. The information she gathers will play a vital role in defeating Santa Anna and his forces. West also turns out to be General Sam Houston’s lover.

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Photo Credit: History Channel ‘Texas Rising’

Following the brutal defeat at the Alamo, the Texas Rangers under General Sam Houston’s command, fight for revenge against Santa Anna’s troops. “Remember the Alamo” becomes the motto by which they fight. Many question Houston’s ability to lead the Texas Rangers, the army and the volunteers after he refuses to fight Santa Anna’s troops. Santa Anna and his army outnumber Houston and his army, including the Texas Rangers and volunteers. It is part of Houston’s tactic to strategically attack Santa Anna.

The series is not all about war and revenge. Humor and the notion of love are also incorporated and thus make the series more enjoyable. There are characters that we learn to like. One of which is Deaf Smith (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) who is a Tejano fighting with the Texas Rangers. Smith suffers from tuberculosis, but that does not stop him from fighting for what he believes in. There is a scene in this episode where a young orphan, Elena, whose mother was killed by Comanche warriors, becomes fond of Smith. This is a powerful scene because Smith is not an individual likely to show his emotions, other than to his wife.

SOUNDTRACK FEATURES NEW MUSIC FROM GEORGE STRAIT, KRIS KRISTOFFERSON AND JOSE FELICIANO.

In addition to the star-studded cast, the TEXAS RISING soundtrack album will feature new music from legendary performers including the title song, “Take Me To Texas,” performed by George Strait and written by Brandy Clark, as well as Kris Kristofferson’s remake of the Tom Petty classic “Won’t Back Down” and new tracks from Jose Feliciano.

I was able to preview an original song for the series,“Igual Que Yo” played by Jose Feliciano. Jose Feliciano does a stupendous job with the song. This song was emphasized more on the romances found throughout the series of TEXAS RISING. Love happens to be an underlying theme. The song was very romantic and a joy to listen to as it brought a different light to series.

TEXAS RISING is perfect for history enthusiasts. It tells one of the many tales of America’s Wild West.

TEXAS RISING: Fate and Fury

Surrounded by the Mexican Army, Col. Fanin’s (Rob Morrow) troops surrender to Santa Anna, leading to another atrocity in the second episode of the miniseries.

The five-part miniseries TEXAS RISING continues on History Channel Monday, June 1 at 9PM ET/PT.

To view the full first episode of TEXAS RISING, follow the link below:

http://www.history.com/shows/texas-rising/videos/from-the-ashes?m=5189717d404fa&s=All&f=1&free=false

Series Review: ‘Texas Rising’: B

‘Texas Rising’

Where: History

When:

  • Tuesday, May 26 at 9PM ET/PT
  • Monday, June 1 at 9PM ET/PT
  • Monday, June 8 at 9PM ET/PT
  • Monday, June 15 at 9PM ET/PT

Rating: TV-14-DLSV (may be unsuitable for children under the age of 14, with advisories for suggestive dialogue, coarse language, sex and violence)

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