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An absolutely wonderful, exciting, vibrant show...
on 26 May 2010
I only recently discovered this show, ten years after it went off the air, and I'm here wondering where it's been all my life! I was hooked from the very first episode. I've always loved westerns, and the original Magnificent Seven is a hell of a thing to live up to, but this TV series succeeds magnificently. Only two characters from the movie are retained, Vin (played by Eric Close) and Chris (Michael Biehn), whilst the others are reworked and renamed - the kid is no longer Mexican and is now named JD (Andrew Kavovit), the knife-fighter is an ex-slave turned healer named Nathan (Rick Worthy), the gambler is now a character called Ezra (Anthony Starke), instead of being Vin, and Vin is the one on the run from the law. Add to that a lothario named Buck (Dale Midkiff) and an ex-priest named Josiah (Ron Perlman), and you have the new Magnificent Seven. And magnificent they are.
Personally I'm particularly fond of the character of Vin Tanner, played by Eric Close. An ex-bounty hunter, ex-buffalo hunter, ex-tracker, who has lived with Comanche and Kiowa and adopted many of their ways, on the run from the law from a murder he didn't commit - he's laid-back, laconic, self-possessed, respectful, with a snarky sense of humour and a sawn-off shotgun always in his hand, and an absolute joy to watch.
The sights and sounds and smells of the frontier are brought wonderfully to life here, and every one of the characters is a joy to watch. It's a fantastic ensemble cast, rounded out by guest appearances from Robert Vaughn himself as a frontier judge. The show deals with many traditional issues from the Old West - the conflict between homesteaders and cowboys, the discovery of gold, the treatment of women and prostitutes, the casual brutality and violence. I'm only sorry this series is so short.