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[Review] Apple TV's 'Manhunt' Series Explores the Hunt for Lincoln's Assassin!

The Apple TV series "Manhunt" takes viewers on a thrilling journey through the aftermath of President Abraham Lincoln's assassination. Based on a novel and set in the immediate aftermath of the tragic event, the show follows the manhunt for John Wilkes Booth, the man responsible for the assassination. Starring Patton Oswald, Tobias Menzi, Anthony Boyle, Lovie Simone, and Matt Walsh "Manhunt" offers a unique perspective on one of the most significant events in American history.


The Slow-Burning Tension of a Historical Drama

"Manhunt" is a seven-episode series, which may seem lengthy to some viewers. However, the deliberate pacing allows for a deep exploration of the historical context and the intricate details of the manhunt. While it may not be an action-packed thriller, the show's slow-burning tension keeps viewers engaged and invested in the story.


I must admit that period pieces are not usually my cup of tea. However, the focus on the manhunt aspect was quite intriguing, as it promised a fugitive chase-like narrative. The series delivers on this promise, as it meticulously reconstructs the events following Lincoln's assassination and the subsequent search for Booth.


Unraveling the Conspiracy Theories

One of the most intriguing aspects of "Manhunt" is its exploration of the conspiracy theories surrounding Lincoln's assassination. The show delves into the possibility of a larger plot and sheds light on the complexities of the time period. The most intriguing part of it all is the conspiracy of it all and how it took them as long as it did to capture John Wilkes Booth.


The character of Lafayette Baker, played by Patton Oswald, adds an extra layer of intrigue to the series. As the lead detective responsible for the manhunt, Baker's motivations and actions are questioned throughout the show.


I found Oswald's portrayal of Baker particularly interesting, noting that he was appears to be in it for all the wrong reasons. This adds a layer of complexity to the narrative and keeps viewers guessing about the true nature of the manhunt.


A Historical Tapestry of Turmoil and Division

"Manhunt" not only focuses on the manhunt itself but also provides a broader exploration of the historical context surrounding Lincoln's assassination. The show delves into the reconstruction of the country and the turmoil that ensued during this period. It sheds light on the division that led to the Civil War and offers insights into Lincoln's beliefs and ideas.


I want to shed a bit of light on the educational value of the series. The show touches on topics such as reparations and the 40 acres and a mule policy, providing viewers with a deeper understanding of the historical significance of these issues. By intertwining historical events with the manhunt narrative, "Manhunt" creates a rich tapestry of American history.


Reflecting on the Impact of "Manhunt"

"Manhunt" is a series that offers both entertainment and education. By delving into the intricacies of the manhunt for John Wilkes Booth, the show provides viewers with a deeper understanding of the historical context surrounding Lincoln's assassination. The meticulous attention to historical accuracy and the stellar performances of the cast make "Manhunt" a must-watch for history enthusiasts and fans of historical dramas.


I highly recommend you check out "Manhunt" on Apple TV and share their thoughts. The series offers a unique perspective on a pivotal moment in American history and sheds light on the conspiracy theories and complexities surrounding Lincoln's assassination. So, if you're looking for a captivating and educational viewing experience, "Manhunt" should definitely be on your radar.


Manhunt streams on AppleTV March 15th


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