Executive Producer: Steven Spielberg.
Starts in the year of 1831 in the first episode.
Second episode ends in 1846.
This mini-series is worth watching for several reasons…sure it’s the well-trodden path of history that tells the story of the white settlers encroaching further and further upon the lands of the Indians, but I like the WAY how the characters start off virtually together (the Wheeler family from Virginia) and the three brothers and sister of the Lakota Tribe (Thunder Heart Woman, Running Fox, Dog Star, and Loved By The Buffalo) and how they dispersed and on occasion, intermeshed during parts of the series, which really revolves primarily with Jacob Wheeler and Thunder Heart Woman who became husband and wife which binds the two families loosely. At that point, the interactions between white settlers, the Indians and the Mexicans spreads the family and tribe out towards different parts of the fledgling country to a believable story of births, hardships, death, conflict during the Expansion period. I’m not sure how based the series is in reality, if it was written based on Jacob Wheeler’s journal or if the story is entirely fictional.
Whatever the case is, it’s certainly entertaining. I’d like to hear from other folks about their impressions or how the series came about (fact or fiction).