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The Dickinson tv series has come to an end and it has been fantastic.
Sure to become a cult favourite, the series’ inventive approach is a long way from a traditional biography and has been the better for it.
“That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.”
A number of historical television series feature racially diverse casts playing characters that were in reality white. So why do that?
Hamilton creator Lin Manuel Miranda has said that he used a racially diverse cast because it evolved out of seeing political debates during the time of the founding fathers were like rap battles. Other shows like The Great or Bridgerton do similar things with diverse casts.
Dickinson also does it, but has to play a delicate balance as it is set during the US Civil War with the storyline not ignoring the setting.
So the casting isn’t historically accurate, but it’s not even trying to. What it’s doing is subverting race.
It’s an act to promote racial justice. Racial inequality is like a cycle and the best way to break that cycle is to simply break the wheel.
While Apple TV plus has lacked a break through hit one of the original series to make it to a second season – and A favourite of this blog – is Dickinson.
Not the most accurate of biographies, the series considers this a feature with many a nod to the modern world, even including a mention of influencers.
Not stopping for death, the series returns in the new year.