“Sons of Liberty” Episode One “A Dangerous Game” aired last Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. on The History Channel. In this episode, during a time of political unrest, the lots of Samuel “Sam” Adams (Ben Barnes) and John Hancock (Rafe Spall) intertwine after a series of events. It led them to smuggle Hancock’s goods into Boston without the British knowing. As more and more people become antagonistic towards the British crown, Sam ended up as some sort of the influential leader for the Americans. They resented the crown, and those who were loyal to it. Read on to learn more about this episode.
In 1765, in Boston, Massachusetts, several British soldiers, chased down Samuel “Sam” Adams (Ben Barnes) eluded arrest. It was after being told by Dr. Joseph Warren (Ryan Eggold), that a warrant had been issued out for his arrest. He, as a tax collector, did not collect taxes from his friends who could not afford to pay. However, in the process, they ran into a gang war. After learning that the British were after an American, they decided to loot Governor Hutchinson’s (Sean Gilder) house.
Warren then hid Sam in the cellar underneath Tim Kelly’s (Diarmaid Murtagh) tavern. There, he was scolded by his older brother, John Adams (Henry Thomas). He refused to help him out, as he claimed that Sam should own up to what he had done.
Meanwhile, Governor Hutchinson paid a visit to the wealthy businessman and smuggler, John Hancock (Rafe Spall). He asked him to take care of the problem. It was especially since Hancock bribed the governor so that he could get more goods into Boston. Because of this, Hancock cut a deal with Sam. He would take care of all of Sam’s debts, and in return, Sam would not “incite” anymore mobs to ransack the Governor’s house. To this, Sam agreed, and despite the reluctance of his brother, John decided to let him live with for a while. However, the Governor learned about the deal that Hancock had made. He became furious and decided to write to London about it.
Three months later, in London, Benjamin Franklin (Dean Norris) was summoned to Parliament to appear before Lord North with regards to the situation at hand. He then reassured Lord North. He told him to allow him to contact his sources in Massachusetts so that he could try to put an end to the unrest. Lord North reached out to General Thomas Gage (Maton Cskokas) to go to America in order to “kill the unrest” immediately. However, he suggested that they send “three warships” to “establish” their presence in the city. Afterward, Lord North encouraged Parliament to pass a new bill. It allowed British soldiers to forcibly enter homes and to seize all property and persons who did not pay taxes.
In 1766, the promised troops arrived at Boston Harbor. Warren checked them as part of their medical inspection. While there, he overheard them talking and learned that the British soldiers were expecting to be there for quite some time.
As soon as they had settled in, the soldiers started seizing people and property whose taxes had not yet been paid. In the process, Sam got beaten up by some soldiers. It was after protecting a boy named Christopher, as his father had been taken away.
Enraged, Hancock, whose ship had been seized, went to the Governor to complain. However, the Governor merely stated that Hancock was “nothing more than a glorified smuggler” and didn’t listen to him. Because of this, Hancock met up with Sam and struck a lucrative business deal with him. That would not only undermine the authority of the British, but would allow them to earn some money as well.
As he had more ships with cargo coming in, Hancock needed help to smuggle his crates of wine into Boston. Sam and his men would bring in the goods into the city. Hancock would pay them, and together, combining his money, and Sam’s influence, they would create an underground market. He used Paul Revere’s (Michael Raymond-James) workshop as their own workshops.
During their first run, they put black sails on their ships so that it wouldn’t be too noticeable during the night. Then, they were boarded by the British. He found nothing but molasses on the ship. The crates of wine were all under the water, safely tucked away in lobster cages which they later hauled up after the British had left. They then brought it over to Paul’s workshop, where they were unloaded. However, along the way to the workshop, they were stopped by a soldier. Luckily, Warren, who was passing by that area, saw them and Christopher, who was working as a lookout. Together, they distracted the soldier, by Christopher lying down on the street and pretending to be seriously ill.
At the warehouse, Hancock, Sam, and Paul discussed their next steps. They decided that everyone who was part of the operation would have a special coin that Paul would make. Every morning, at a particular time, some of them would pick the goods up by showing the other person the coin. Then they would hide the cargo in trapdoors in their carts. It held cartons of tea so that it could be smuggled under the noses of the British. The goods would then be given to merchants and pub owners, who would have backrooms, and then they in turn would recruit customers, as long as they had the coin. Sam was then appointed as the collector of the coins. This created a lucrative business, that even Warren knew about, and helped, but as little as he possibly could.
This thrived, but because of an informant, everything was shut down by the Governor. Merchants were arrested, and all of Hancock’s goods were taken away. Because of this, Hancock told Sam to lay low for a while. After everything had blown over, they would once again open up another underground market. However, Sam had other ideas. He felt that they should all boycott shops that belonged to loyalists or “Tories” so that people would only buy from them. Later that night, Sam and his boys went around town and painted Tory shops with a white letter T. The next day, Hancock tried to make Sam see reason. Without him, they would not have been able to accomplish anything but Sam remained stubborn. And Hancock could not understand “why there should besides” to this. He then tried to get Kelly to talk to Sam. Kelly revealed to him that Sam always helped others in need and never took a “penny for himself.” It was because of what had happened to his father in the past. Sam’s father had created a local bank for the colonists, and gave out loans for lands, which included Kelly’s. However, one day, the crown shut down the bank. Everyone lost their properties as those had been seized. Kelly told Hancock that Sam had given them an “opportunity.” He told Hancock that he had given them one as well, when they started the underground market.
On Feb. 22, 1770, in Downtown Boston, mobs were rampant in the streets, protesting, and trying to drive out loyalists from their shops. However, one citizen, a loyalist, intervened. When the British soldiers did nothing, he took matters into his own hands and ended up shooting and killing young Christopher. Sam had seen the entire thing and was in shock as he carried the body away from the crowd. Then, Warren, who had arrived at the scene, decided to take the boy from Sam, in order to give him to his mother.
The next day, during Christopher’s funeral procession, Sam stopped Governor Hutchinson from giving his condolences to the family. Because of this, Governor Hutchinson reminded him that he was also in part, responsible for Christopher’s death, and told him that he should have all of them arrested.
Less than a month later, in King Street on Mar. 5, 1770, more mobs went rampant on the streets of Boston. Inside Kelly’s pub, John Adams went to his brother to try to console him. However, Sam could not understand why John wasn’t angry yet at the British. He warned his brother that “this is just the beginning.” He then stood up and walked out of the pub, with Kelly, Paul and Warren in tow.
In the streets, the angry mob threw snowballs and rocks at the British soldiers. After being hurt by one of the rocks or snowballs, they started firing at the mob. The angry mob then went after the soldiers. Sam went forward and beat up the British soldier who had first fired, to the ground. Around them, bodies lay out in the open while John Adams and John Hancock watched on.
And that was all for the recap of “Sons of Liberty” Episode One “A Dangerous Game.” For more news, updates, and recaps on “Sons of Liberty” and other television shows, keep on following Movie News Guide (MNG).
Catch the second and the third part of “Sons of Liberty” on Monday, Jan. 25, 2015 and Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. on The History Channel.
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