'The Dynasty': New documentary has something for Patriots fans of all stripes.

In retrospect, “The Last Dance” was the finest and worst sports documentary. The behind-the-scenes narrative of the 1997-98 champion Chicago Bulls was a revelation, a blast of nostalgia for a bygone era, and an appreciation of one of the best teams ever. In contrast, a highly controlled behemoth convinced every All-Star player and every team that broke.500 that they needed a love multi-hour documentary.

Few teams deserve such reverence. The six-time Super Bowl champion New England Patriots ended their legendary run recently. “The Dynasty,” a 10-part Apple TV+ Patriots series, is thorough. The series, which premieres Friday and airs weekly until mid-March, follows the franchise's Lombardi run from Robert Kraft's purchase to the end of the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era. You can ride the bandwagon or be ground down, like the Patriots.

This documentary is for Patriots supporters, who believe that “when you lose the pacifier, you get your yelling voice,” as one fan put it. It's not only Patriots propaganda; the team's controversies are covered, and Belichick is heavily criticized by his players and by implication by his sour mood and jagged emotions. Brady skates mostly, but that's expected, right?

The Dynasty” follows Brady, Belichick, and Kraft from a teenage Brady replacing an injured Drew Bledsoe to the early Super Bowls, two cheating scandals, and the end of their two-decade alliance. Ten episodes may sound like a lot, but witnessing the Patriots' whole history onscreen shows how many stories they created, fuelled, and survived.

Sometimes “Dynasty” hits hard. Aaron Hernandez poses for a preseason advertisement in Episode 6, “At All Costs,” gazing at the camera with dead eyes before smiling. Hernandez's teammates, convicted of one murder and arrested for two more, plainly still grapple with the discoveries about the guy they knew and who committed suicide in prison. Cameras capture Kraft telling Belichick, "I think he's got such a good heart," during practice. Belichick doesn't reply.

Documentarians encountered challenges like Spygate and Deflategate with the Hernandez case, unlike the Chicago Bulls and “The Last Dance”. “The Dynasty” tackles the themes, even if some Patriots figures are absent from the comments.

Fun facts include Mike Vrabel profanely trashing then-teammate Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski getting in problems with Patriots executives minutes after being picked. I can see Bill in that draft room asking, “Why the [expletive] did we just draft this kid?” Gronk laughs. Such moments break Belichick's stoicism and make the confetti worth watching, especially for non-Patriots supporters.

You know how the documentary ends: Brady leaves Belichick and New England. (Brady and Belichick's distinct emotional reactions while describing the occasion explain everything.) Brady won another Super Bowl, Belichick had trouble making the playoffs. Ten episodes make up "The Dynasty." No 11th will ever exist.

Patriots fans know they'll be watching this on the sofa every Friday night for five weeks. Despite your distaste for New England, “The Dynasty” is worth seeing to learn how that sausage was created. If you love or detest the Patriots, “The Dynasty” will prove it.

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