‘The Dynasty’ delivers the goods on Patriots’ Shakespearean story

‘The Dynasty’ delivers the goods on Patriots’ Shakespearean story originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

I sat in my blue chair staring at my laptop until 3 a.m. Wednesday morning.

I watched every episode of the 10-part Apple TV+ documentary “The Dynasty” back-to-back-to-back.

My two-sentence synopsis: “It got every bit as bad as we told you. It was even better than you remember.”

The first two episodes of the series will be released Friday. Based on the 2020 book by renowned author Jeff Benedict, the doc follows the arc of the Patriots from sad-sack to Cinderella to reviled Death Star to implosion.

Beginning this Friday and continuing every Friday for the next five weeks, NBC Sports Boston will do a half-hour show at 6 p.m. featuring our main takeaways from each episode. Benedict will join us this week.

We’ve described the Patriots’ story as Shakespearean. This documentary brings that home in a way a writer, reporter or author never could. The protagonists deliver their soliloquies directly to the camera, giving THEIR version of what happened and why without the intrusion of a writer’s interpretation.

All of them – with the exception of Bill Belichick, who gives off a “I’m not into this one flocking bit because I know where this project is going” vibe in later episodes – are unguarded.

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For example, some of the most jaw-dropping commentary on the disintegrating Tom Brady-Bill Belichick relationship and the declining atmosphere from 2017 to 2020 came from Matthew Slater and Devin McCourty. But that’s at the end. The beginning of the series blows the dust off of old discussions and presents them in a way we’ve never seen or heard.

Case in point: Drew Bledsoe’s version of what went down in 2000 and 2001, when he got an artery sheared by Mo Lewis, Brady stepped in and Bledsoe never returned (save for his AFC…


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