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Long Time Coming,
This review is from: Longmire: The Complete First Season [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
I am late to the series, Longmire, as it has just started it's third season. Having run out of good TV on most nights, I reverted to Netflix and discovered Longmire. Watching one episode, and I knew I had found another series to follow. I have viewed the first season, and though I find the series slow moving it sticks with me. And, the reason is, of course, the writing and the characters.
The series follows Sheriff Walt Longmire of Wyoming's Absaroka County, big country with tall fur trees, snow and plains you can see from here to Monday. Longmire, it seems is returning to work after his wife's death. Longmire is an intelligent, likable fellow, who knows his job, but has been blindsided by his wife's death. Longmire is layer by Robert Taylor, an Australian actor. He has a small staff, a new deputy, Vic, a pretty blonde, brought to Wyoming from Philadelphia, to follow her husband's job. Another deputy, Branch Connally, is a know it all SOB, who is working behind Lngmire's back to run for Sherriff. Branch is a lazy man, looking for the easy way, and, not fit to be Sherriff. There is another deputy who doesn't seem to know much, but he tries hard. An office manager, Dorothy, runs the place and keeps it from falling apart.
Longmire's old friend, Henry, played by Lou Diamond Phillips, who runs the local bar, 'Red Pony', is essential in telling him the truth, and he ruins interference with the local Indian Reservation. At one time L gmire jailed thenChief of the Reservation, and there is no love for Longmire within the Indian group. Longmire's daughter, Cady, is a lawyer in a local firm. She and Henry have kept Longmire from falling completely apart during the last year.
In each episode some sort of crime, usually a murder occurs. Lngmire in his wisdom never jumps to conclusions, always looks at the facts, and often is on the side of the underdog. Something his deputy, Branch, always fails to do, and he falls on his face. The characters and the writing set this series apart. Plus the big country is so beautiful, even though I read filming takes place in New Mexico and Nevada. It is the wide open spaces that gives pause to the sparse talking Sherriff. He means what he says, and he talks only when he really needs to. In one episode, Longmire travels five hours to tell a wife her husband is dead. In the telling, falls apart. His wife's death is always near the surface.
I understand the long awaited election is to take place soon, and like some in Chicago, I vote for longmire even though I do not live in Wyomng.
Recommended. prisrob 08-05-03