LB Sees LONGMIRE

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…And I actually watched two complete Season 3 episodes before writing this. If that doesn’t qualify as above and beyond the call of duty, what does?

Hmm, I guess that’s the review.

Okay, you talked me into it. Here’s a little more:

The Good:

  1. The show’s been renewed for a third season. 10 episodes for those who love it, and I know many people love it. Like a very close friend of mine and his mother. He’s eagerly awaiting retirement. She’s eagerly awaiting waking up each morning because at her age she never knows.
  2. This is one of the few series that features a hero baby boomers can relate to. And respect.
  3. A lot of the shots really look like they were done on location in Wyoming.
  4. I’ve watched half a dozen episodes for both seasons (+ or -) and so far I’ve never had to get all tense and turn off the TV because the hero with whom I identify completely is in Real Danger.

The Not-So-Good:

  1. Nothing about this show makes me care about it having been renewed. It’s all very, very, very, very “been there, seen that,” week after week.
  2. There’s absolutely nothing about this show to interest anyone under 60 in any way whatsoever.
  3. Most of the shots that look like Wyoming are at dusk or dawn and are so muddy you can’t really see anything.
  4. Not only have I never experienced concern about the hero being in jeopardy. I’ve never been able to get all het up about any of the supporting characters’ problems. Or the guests. Victims? Witnesses? Perps? They’re all stereotypes, the same pseudo-people that have populated every cop show since the early 1950s. Straw men and women created for no reason other than to move each episode’s all-too-familiar storyline forward.

Conclusion:

I actually watched two complete Season 3 episodes before writing this. If that doesn’t qualify as above and beyond the call of duty, what does?

About LB

Larry Brody has been profiled in such national magazines and websites as Esquire, Entertainment Weekly, Starlog, People, Electronic Media, IndieSlate, TechTV, io9, and of course TV Guide. A legendary figure in the television writing and production world, with a career going back to the late ’60s, Brody has written and produced literally thousands of hours of network and syndicated television. Brody has also been active in the TV animation world, writing, creating, consulting, and/or supervising the cult favorite STAR TREK animated TV series, the SILVER SURFER, SPAWN, SUPERMAN, SPIDERMAN, and SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED animated series, and was showrunner of the French animated series, DIABOLIK, as well as part of the team that developed and wrote the live-action/cgi animation sci-fi series Ace Lightning for the BBC. Shows written or produced by Brody have won several awards including - yes, it's true - Emmys.