TURN, Hewlett, and Why He (& Characters Like Him) Matters
It’s no secret that I love Edmund Hewlett. That’s basically the opposite of a secret, as is the fact that I’ll be pretty crushed if season 4 reveals that, yepp, he really did sail back to Britain and will not return.
But the thing is: my dread is not just about him, per se. I’ve weathered the loss of a favorite character many times before. Who hasn’t? In Hewlett’s case, however, I think the show itself stands to suffer without him — or at least, without the narrative role that he plays so well.
This post is kind of rambling and naturally a bit verbose, but take it, I suppose, as a justification of my sorrow at the possibility of a sans-Hewlett season 4 by way of an exploration of his thematic role in TURN’s narrative and a defense of that role’s importance to the heart of the show. Because for as much love as Hewlett gets, he’s got plenty of detractors as well: critics and fans alike who don’t see the point of the Anna/Hewlett plotline or understand Hewlett’s purpose beyond “local obstructive bureaucrat.” To which criticism I humbly submit the argument that Hewlett & his plotlines absolutely have a point, thank you very much, and that he has in fact proven to be among easily the most moving and successful articulations of a theme TURN has continually tried to reinforce:
That neither the audience nor the characters can side wholeheartedly with only one side of the war, because there have always been sympathetic and admirable characters on both sides, muddying the moral waters and forcing the characters to grapple with loyalty to ideals vs. loyalty to people.
In other words: although TURN ultimately portrays the patriots as the protagonists, it’s also increasingly made a point of forcing its patriots to confront the
fact that they do not have any kind of exclusive claim to decency, morality, or sympathy. Quite
the opposite, in fact.
And Hewlett is not the only permutation on this theme, but he’s a pretty dang significant one.
Alright, if you haven’t seen Chuck you are missing out. First of all I love Zachary Levi and I love the Chuck/Sarah pairing that keeps you on the edge of your seat. BUT what makes me enjoy each episode is Adam Baldwin. I can’t get enough of him and it makes me want to rewatch Firefly. Like look at this beautiful idiot. He’s so great at playing the gruff on the outside and inside with a teeny tiny little bit of heart. A gun loving, shoot first ask later character that reminds me a little of Jayne.
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