We missed the first episode of this when it was aired last year and for some reason it just seemed to stop and so we missed the start and the end of this apparently famous Western feud. Having received it as a Christmas gift, watching it from start to finish it definitely makes a bit more sense. Not surprisingly, the initiation of the feud is over an event which, understandably, a couple of friends might reasonably fall-out but given that the main protagonists are stubborn, pig-headed and frankly thoroughly unpleasant characters, it is easy to understand how a full-blown bloodbath feud would ensue. And it does. This less than inspiring episode in American history is a telling insight into the American national psyche; the aforementioned stubbornness and pig-headedness, their heartfelt conviction that they are right all of the time, their proclivity for conflict by proxy and, of course, their absolute assertion that God is on their side.
However much one might tut and shake ones head over the pointlessness of it all, you can't help but appreciate the effort made with the production. The cast are excellent once you learn to distinguish the mumbling characters hidden beneath their identical hats, coats and beards and the environment is authentically grimy and realistic (mind you, leaves on the trees when it was supposed to be new-year was a bit sloppy). Nobody seems to do much work though (except for the brood-mare women of course) and there's a lot of drinking & general bad behaviour to be done by way of entertainment (thank goodness for the telly!).
A well made and insightful portrayal of events at a pivotal period in American history as the Wild West gave grudging way to civilisation and the rule of law. Definitely worth a watch.