Franklin, April 26, 2024, Apple TV+, “The Natural State of Man”

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In the fifth episode of Apple TV+’s Franklin, titled “The Natural State of Man,” tensions mount between Benjamin Franklin and John Adams, while Madame Brillon asserts her power and Temple decides to fight his own war.

The series, based on Stacy Schiff’s book “A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America”, explores Franklin’s secret mission to France during the American Revolution. As the story unfolds, Franklin, played by Michael Douglas, navigates the intricate world of diplomacy, using his wit and ingenuity to secure French support for the American cause.

There is growing discord between Franklin and Adams, portrayed by Eddie Marsan. The two men have differing views on diplomacy, with Adams favoring a more direct approach, which often leads to clashes with Franklin’s more nuanced strategies.

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Meanwhile, Madame Brillon, played by Ludivine Sagnier, takes center stage as she exerts her influence. Brillon, a married neighbor with whom Franklin has a close relationship, becomes a key figure in the episode.

The episode also focuses on Temple, Franklin’s grandson, played by Noah Jupe. Temple, who has been struggling to find his place in French society, makes a bold decision to forge his own path.

With mounting tensions and shifting power dynamics, “The Natural State of Man” promises to be a pivotal episode in the series, offering insight into the challenges faced by Franklin and his companions during their pivotal time in France.

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Franklin: The Natural State of Man premieres Friday April 26, 2024 at 3.00am on Apple TV+.

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