Longmire – A & E Drama Series
Hooked from the start, I found myself happy to have found a well written, beautifully filmed, character driven, intelligent series with superb actors playing real life-like parts.
I started watching Longmire at the beginning of the show because I knew Katee Sackoff (Starbuck – BattleStar Galactica) was in it. She plays Deputy Vic (Victoria) Moretti. And she plays it so well I can’t imagine anyone else in the role. She rocks that part and I love watching her.
Also, Lou Diamond Phillips (Stargate Universe) plays Native American, Henry Standing Bear, the Sheriff’s friend and owner of the tavern/restaurant in town. He’s a Cheyenne but doesn’t live on ‘the Rez’ (Reservation). He adds so much flavor to the story.
Robert Taylor plays Sheriff Walt Longmire, a tough, private man with a dry wit who lost his wife and is trying to get on with his life. I confess I had to look up Robert Taylor online because I wasn’t familiar with him. I would have never guessed he was Australian! He’s such an amazing actor. Every time he gets in that truck of his to solve the mystery I want to jump in there with him!
Bailey Chase (Graham Miller – Buffy) is Deputy Branch Connally who is running against Longmire for Sheriff in the upcoming election. That creates a lot of tension and I’m not so sure I totally like Branch, though he is fine to look at!
Longmire is based on Craig Johnson’s books about the Sheriff and set in a fictional county in Wyoming. It’s sort of a modern day western. Which of course for me is the next best thing to Science Fiction!
It’s been a very long time since I’ve found a show to get lost in and to forget who the actors are because I’m so wrapped up in the lives of each character. There is an undercurrent of unknown backstories to main characters hinted at to make the week to week crime/murder mysteries spicy.
The little details, whirling dust, sweeping landscapes, right down to the rattle of the Sheriff’s truck as it bumps down a dusty road, create a world that pulls you in to take you right there with them as they work to solve the latest case.
There is always an amazing assortment of Native Americans, migrant Mexican workers, ranchers, town drunks, big wigs, and regular town folk to keep us all interested.
The main cast is rounded out with Cassidy Freeman as the Sheriff’s daughter, Cady Longmire, Adam Bartley who plays the somewhat bumbling deputy, The Ferg (for Ferguson), and Louanne Stephens who is Ruby, the dispatcher who runs the Sheriff’s office – which is a mix of old west and modern world. Walt doesn’t have a cell phone, but he has no problem with borrowing Vic’s.
This is the type of series you have to see to appreciate. Tangled lives, emotional drama, dry wit, mystery, and plenty of action/adventure which for me mends the grief filled void left by the loss of Stargate SG-1 and Atlantis.
Once again I have something to look forward to each week. It’s been a very long time!
Catch up on A & E’s Longmire, you won’t regret it!