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Why Haven't You Watched Battleground?
Posted May 11, 2012 - 10:51:17

BattlegroundOne of the interesting things Hulu has done in the last year is produce its first scripted original series - Battleground. Hulu was releasing one new episode a week as the season progressed, and the finale (episode thirteen) recently went up. If they never make another season, the show has more than enough closure - but I know I want more.

The series, presented in Mockumentary format, tells the story of a Democratic Senate Campaign in Wisconsin. It was shot entirely in Madison, and frankly makes me miss Wisconsin every time I watch it.

The cast is rock solid. I can't say that enough. The best part of the characters is that they're flawed and complex - the campaign manager "Tak" for instance will make you love him one minute, and then make you want to throttle him the next. They feel like real people.

Amusingly, there's an actress in this series who I've seen do other things, and I absolutely hated her in them... but lo and behold, she plays one of my favorite characters on Battleground.

Battleground gets both the feel of a campaign right along with the atmosphere of Wisconsin itself (which makes sense, as the creator of the series has both worked on campaigns and is from Wisconsin originally). I think of it as what Wisconsin politics felt like prior to Scott Walker's tenure as Governor. It's a story about the place I miss, not the place that's there right now.

The whole season is up on regular Hulu (no Plus required) to view for free, right now - so if you have the time, you should totally sit down and take a look. Each episode is 22 minutes long, and it's definitely worth your time.

You know, if you like good things.
- Traegorn

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