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Media Update 12/7/17

December 7, 2017


Godless

The hard sell I saw for this new Netflix series was that an outlaw comes upon a town populated only with women. Female characters often seem to be sidelined in Westerns which hardly makes sense to me. If it is a biopic then the protagonists are probably going to be male and that makes an unfortunate amount of sense. However, when the story is fully fictional then why not rewrite history and put in some awesome prominent ladies in the wild west? The women in this show live in a town where most of the men died in a mining incident. The women are starting to learn what it is like to live in a society where men are not in control and some of them have started to develop a taste for it. In the middle of that, the male sheriff is working with an outlaw to figure out a web of mystery around local criminals. The main villain is a devil of a man. The show starts with a slow burn but bit by bit starts settling into a tense rhythm. The show is largely character driven and I am still enjoying each character as they are introduced. This show sets out to prove that women can be just as tough as men and I think it definitely succeeds. I definitely recommend it.


Hatfields & McCoys

When I was growing up, the Hatfields and the McCoys were often depicted as cartoonish characters. They showed up in Peabody’s Improbably History and other cartoons as people who just would never get along. Often, their feud was portrayed as ridiculous to the point that nobody could actually remember what had started it. This is the first bit of fiction that I have seen that attempts to portray the two families more or less as real people. The story begins with a difference of opinion springing from the American Civil War and it snowballs from there. The story takes place between West Virginia and Kentucky at a time when anything outside of a city was a largely lawless place. The two families are huge and a lot of local society can be easily divided up into either family. None of the slights by either family are cartoonish and in a world where the law is often taken into one’s own hands, the retribution is not that ridiculous. It only becomes horrifically ridiculous because the chain of violence does not stop. This miniseries gets a huge boost by casting Bill Paxton as Randall McCoy and Kevin Costner as “Devil” Anse Hatfield. Of course, their great acting is matched by pretty much everybody else they cast who brings it to their level as various family members. I have only watched the first of three parts but each part is movie length. I recommend it.


Longmire

I love a good procedural show with a good cast and a crime-of-the-week show format. I could list at leat a dozen procedural shows I have liked off the top of my head right now. I had heard some rumblings about this show and I have wanted to check it out for some time now. This is basically a police procedural that takes place in the middle of nowhere in Wyoming. This is a world that is largely alien to me. When I lived in a rural location I was at least still in Metropolitan New York City. Wyoming has almost nothing for miles around. The show follows aging sheriff Walt Longmire (based on a book series I never heard of) who watches over a surprisingly volatile area of Wyoming. What intrigued me most is that the show deals heavily with the Cheyenne and Lakota tribes situated on a nearby reservation. Longmire and his crew often have to navigate the complicated cultural and political landmines that sit between white culture and native culture. Longmire is largely sensitive to the native point of view even if he sometimes clashes with their police force. He is often joined by Katie Sackhoff as his female deputy who used to be a Philadelphia homicide detective. She is highly competent but also provides us with our fish out of water so Walt can explain things to us through her. The police are often supported by Lou Diamond Phillips as a local Cheyenne bar owner who is good friends with Walt. I would describe the show as a weird mix between Murder She Wrote and Walker Texas Ranger. At first, I did not really like it but I found myself drawn back to it. I definitely recommend it if you are looking for something pleasant to put on in the background.

 

Music of the Week:
Pale Waves – Television Romance

NateWantsToBattle (ft. Arin Hanson) – Infinite

The Green Lady Killers – My .45

A$AP Twelvyy – Strapped

YG & Nipsey Hussle – FDT

Weekly Updates:
– This week’s theme is “Western Violence”
– I finished watching Punisher Season 1
– I watched more Fate/Apocrypha
– I watched more K
– I watched a lot of WWE Ride Along
– I watched the entirety of Beyond Stranger Things
– I want to see The Disaster Artist, Coco, and Bad Moms Christmas


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