TV Series Review Vol. 5 No. 7: The Liberator

Bradley James is back in this animated World War II mini series.

Captain Felix “Shotgun” Sparks has been given a daunting assignment: reign in a company of misfits. But the real challenge lies ahead as they were deployed in Europe in the midst of World War II.

Bradley James is back! “The Liberator” is a mini-series drama about the fight to liberate Europe during World War II. Based on the book “One World War II Soldier’s 500-Day Odyssey” by Alex Kershaw, the series portrays the story of Army officer Felix “Shotgun” Sparks (played by James) and the 157th Infantry Regiment, an integrated group of white cowboys, Mexican Americans, and American Indian soldiers. “The Liberator” will take the audience to the events of World War II through the eyes of Sparks and his men: from the African front, the Italian campaign, the liberation of France, up to the invasion of Germany.

Sure, some audience will frown upon another war series, thinking that it will just be endless shooting scenes. But Spark’s story during the war was interesting in itself. First, we saw him as this capable leader who managed to unite a company of soldiers from different races. Then came the experiences during the war, from Sparks refusing to abandon his troops in Italy to his experience during the liberation.

Bradley James successfully brings about the character of Sparks. This might not be the best series of James (I personally like him as King Arthur in “Merlin” and as Damien in, well, “Damien”) but it was nice seeing him back on the screen.

Geek Rate

helios-256Sun god Worthy (4 out of 5 stars). You know me. History, and Bradley James in one series? Well, count me in. I don’t know about the decision to make this series an animation, but I think this is a bummer because we want to see James without turning him into a cartoon. But after the first episode, the audience will start getting used to it and might appreciate the beauty of the animation technique applied to the series. That and coupled with a nicely adapted screenplay from the book and you have a war story worth watching.

2018-11-29 19.23.21 - CopyReignell Francisco

I’m a Filipino content creator with passion for travel, history, football, and anything on TV. Visit my YouTube channel onelostgeek for my travel stories. Business inquiry: geekgodreview@yahoo.com

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