Have you heard of Longmire? For the uninformed, Longmire is a procedural crime drama that premiered on A&E back in 2012. It is based of a series of mystery novels written by best-selling author Craig Johnson. Following Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor), the sheriff of the fictional Absaroka County in Wyoming, as he tries to keep the peace. If you’re anything like me, the idea of a procedural drama centering around a small town in Wyoming doesn’t sound too intriguing. Welcome to Wrongsville U.S.A. Population: you. Longmire is a beautifully shot series with interesting politics, characters and settings you just don’t see on television anymore. In short, Longmire is a breath of fresh air.
As of last week, season 4 of Longmire is officially on Netflix and I couldn’t have been more excited.
Season 4 picks up right after the traumatic events of the previous season’s climactic ending. To the show’s credit, the resolution of Season 3 does not take up much of the new season. A mistake many lesser TV shows may succumb to. What we’re left with is a political atmosphere setting County Law, Indian Reservations and big business on a collision course with no easy way out. For the uninitiated, saying much more will really go into spoiler category. Though I will say, each newly introduced character finds their home and has real purpose to the furthering of <'em>Longmire’s increasingly complex storyline.
This is one of the most interesting elements of Longmire: the lingering mistrust between the Native American Reservations and the U.S. Governmental system as a whole. If we’re honest, there isn’t tons of diversity in Hollywood. Most leading men and women are caucasian and in some instances still today play parts that should be readily given to non-white actors (i.e. Tonto in the Lone Ranger or Ramses is Exodus: Gods and Kings). For that reason, it’s highly refreshing that the majority of Native American actors are true representations of the Native people of America. Their culture, their beliefs and their people are celebrated in this show and that is great to see.
“You ever feel you created more evil than you stopped?” – Walt Longmire
When credits rolled on the final episode “What Happens on the Rez…” I had mixed feelings. Not in regards to whether I liked the season or not. I loved it. But, what was going to happen? What is the future of Walter and co.? So many questions… Thanks Netflix for giving me another binge-worthy show and forcing me to wait another year to continue the story. I guess I’ll just have to pray for patience.
Don’t tell my wife, but I may have decided to move to Wyoming when I’m older… Once you see Walt’s homestead, you’ll know why.
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