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Closed Caption; Audio commentary by Blake Masters, creator/executive producer/writer, and Henry Bromell, executive producer/writer; Power Map: an interactive, graphical guide of the relationships and power struggles among the characters
The 1st season of 'Brotherhood' was a surprise. I'm not much for TV shows, but Showtime has more latitude than the regular networks in what it shows. Unlike 'The Sopranos,' 'Brotherhood' focuses on the political and criminal world of Providence, Rhode Island as seen through the eyes of the 2 main characters, Tommy and Michael Caffee. Tommy (Jason Clarke) is a Rhode Island State Representative whose district includes 'The Hill,' where the series takes place. Michael (Jason Isaacs), however, is a gangster who seeks to regain his hold on organized crime after a 7-year exile. The supporting cast is excellent including Annabeth Gish (Eileen Caffee), Fionnula Flanagan (Rose Caffee), and Ethan Embry (Declan 'Deco' Giggs), but Jason Clarke (Tommy Caffee) is the standout in this show as the younger Caffee whose loyalties are torn between his family and his own ambition for power and higher political office. The show takes place in Providence, Rhode Island, and I believe this adds to the character of the show as most crime dramas back East tend to take place in Boston or New York. The show also focuses on the Irish enclave of Providence, which is involved both in crime and politics. I look forward to the second season.