The American Revelation, Part 1
When Marvin Washington wonders if there were any black men involved in the Revolutionary War, so Whit uses the new and improved Imagination Station to send him back to an adventure in 1775.
The war hasn’t even started yet as Marvin meets William Diamond, a drummer. William teaches Marvin some cadences on the drum as the two of them await the arrival of the British troops.
When the troops finally arrive, Marvin hides in a barrel and is shocked when the troops fire on the Americans and a number are killed. Marvin is transported three months ahead to a time when William and a black man named Caesar Bason are heading toward a secret mission at Bunker Hill. Marvin tells Caesar that he thought the American Revolution was a white man’s thing, but Caesar replies that he has as much responsibility for fight for his country as any man.
The next day, William, Marvin, and Caesar arrive at Bunker Hill and meet Captain Smith. All of them begin to build a fort out of dirt. As they begin to dig, William goes into town to get food and leaves his drum with Marvin. Caesar tells Marvin that a battle may be about to begin. The story continues in part II...
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- Why wasn’t Marvin interested in hearing about the Revolutionary War?
- How did his perspective change at the end of the show?
- Read John 15:13. Aside from soldiers, can you think of anyone else who has to lay down their life today?
- Colonel Prescott prayed that the soldiers would never "depend on the arm of flesh," but only upon God. What does this mean?
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|Connie Kendall||John Whittaker|
|Alex Jefferson||Marvin Washington|
|Xavier Washington||Marvin Washington|
- PARENTAL WARNING: Due to the intensity of several scenes in this show, it isn't recommended for younger children. Recommended maturity level: Ages 8 and up.
- In this episode, Whit states that the new Imagination Station can hold as many as ten people at once.
- This episode's famous battle scene at Lexington between the colonials and the British redcoats and the "shot heard 'round the world" was previously heard (from a distance) in #197: “The Midnight Ride”, with Chuck Bolte portraying Captain Parker.
- Starting with this episode, John Beebee started to use the credit "John Fornof."
- Don't Tread on Me was a popular slogan used during the War for Independence and can be seen on the Gadsden flag.
John Whittaker: Everything all right in there?
Marvin Washington: I guess so. I haven't gotten sick yet.
John Whittaker: Good. Uh, one thing's still the same as the old model.
Marvin Washington: Push the red button?
John Whittaker: You got it. Have fun.
Marvin Washington: Hey. Since I play drums, maybe we can get together and jam sometime.
William Diamond: I've done me a fair amount of pickling in my time. Although my sisters do the jamming at our house.
Marvin Washington: Oink! The troops!