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By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Compelling historical drama has brutal violence, nudity.

TV HBO Drama 2017
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A very good drama.

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This compelling and dramatic series manipulates history just enough to create solid characters and intense moments that keep viewers engaged. Kit Harington, a direct descendant of Robert Catesby, offers an angry and bitter rendition of the group's leader, while Robert Cullen personifies the now very stylized idea of who Guy Fawkes was. It also nods to the lingering questions about some of their Catholic allies, including the disapproving Jesuit Henry Garnet and family friend Anne Vaux (portrayed as Catesby's cousin by Liv Tyler), and whether they compromised the overall operation.

The depiction of the torture and killing of Catholics is both brutal and disturbing, but much of the series is dedicated to the ongoing discussions taking place among royal operatives, and between Catesby and his co-conspirators. As a result, some may find the show's momentum a little slow for their liking. But despite the pace and historical inaccuracies, at the heart of Gunpowder is an attempt to pay homage to a group of Papists who had the courage to rebel against religious intolerance, and a monarchy that was allowing it to happen.

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