Now that you have all seen the pilot of Point of Honor (and my review) you are most certainly waiting on the edge of your seats to see what’s coming next – that is, should the series be picked up for additional episodes. Just in case the producers have not thought ahead and drawn up plans for future shows I will offer the wisdom and knowledge of years of work as a nineteenth-century Americanist and suggest some possible scenarios. Now mind you, I am no screenwriter – but I think these ideas will dovetail well with the pilot and capture the imaginations of a nation of viewers.
Episode One: The Point of Honor Free Darkey Sing-a-Long.
It’s late summer, 1861 in Lynchburg and the former slaves from the Point of Honor plantation have pooled their generous wages to host a harvest-time soiree honoring the noblesse oblige of their former masters. And what a gala event! Robert E. Lee (Fabio), also a slave-holding Virginia abolitionist, is in town investigating reports of an individual Union soldier lurking about the Lynchburg countryside and takes time away from his general stuff to stop by the plantation and kick off the party. After a flirtatious and daring Virginia Reel with former slave Abby, the Confederate chieftain wades into the crowd of freedmen and leads the first song. All clasp hands and enthusiastically join in except for Lorelei Rhodes, who despite being married to a Yankee, devilishly plots with former overseer Cutler to re-enslave everyone.
Meanwhile…John Rhodes and his drunk (though charming) brother lead a four-man Confederate artillery raid on Boston, Massachusetts where they encounter a host of Brahmin Yankee officers, all of whom having once been John’s West Point roommates. After a brief skirmish, where the drunk brother is rendered a quadruple amputee (the wounds are not mortal) at the hands of each Brahmin simultaneously, the Rhodes boys are captured. Though disappointed by his brother’s unfortunate dismemberment, John is relieved when he is treated to punch and lectures on transcendentalism. Later, in their cell, the boys receive a letter from their tougher-than-nails sister, pistol packin’ Estella Rhodes, where they hear the news of the plantation fete. Overjoyed, John and his drunk, armless, and legless brother sing an in absentia duet of Go Down Moses as the credits roll.
Stay tuned for future developments…