Watched first episode last night...definitely Tarantino-esque and Hawke is great in the role although he's a very hyper/shouty character. Wasn't completely hooked but did enjoy the dialogue and humour.
This is good fun overall and manages to not be too preachy - which is ironic -, whilst offering a smattering of historic value.
It also makes for a welcome change, of late at least, for a show to dare show both good, bad and unquestionably idiotic black characters and be pretty unapologetic with them at times. Clearly though, it's mainly white characters of the time (?), who deservedly take the brunt.
Hawke is excellent and it did feel like it sometimes suffered without him, although I'd imagine much more could've been too much and Johnson manages to Carry On (!) things in the main without him.
Period pieces (comic air or otherwise) generally had me questioning if people portrayed to be that dense were done so, at times, unfairly or remotely realistically. Recent times have swung my opinion (or is that onion) more firmly in the yes direction: they were pretty stupid and unchallenging to say the least - why am I visualising Blazing Saddles...,
Boxed this off last night. I actually really enjoyed it in the end, and 7 episodes felt about right.
Hawke was excellent, the best thing he's done since Training Day. Really got into the character of John Brown, and I imagine he had a lot of fun as well.
I agree with Encaser above too, it was a welcome change from what we're used to seeing now. Pulled few punches and went for the throat on occasion. And of course back in those days things weren't pretty at all.
Good support from Onion and the rest of the cast. I thought it got the balance between comedy and drama spot on, which is no easy feat with such subject matter.
Doesn't appear to be much chatter on here about this though which is a shame. I'd highly recommend it.