I just caught the Longmire season premiere on my VoD. It seems that there was a huge delay from it’s actual premiere date and when it finally landed on my Comcast VoD. But I finally saw it.
Longmire stars Robert Taylor (Satisfaction), Katee Sackhoff (24, Battlestar Galactica), Bailey Chase (Damages, Saving Grace), Cassidy Freeman (The Vampire Diaries, Smallville), Lou Diamond Phillips (Stargate Universe) and a few others.
The story of Longmire is set in Absaroka County, Wyoming but filmed in and around Las Vegas, New Mexico. We follow a small town sheriff named Walt Longmire (Taylor) who is just coming out from under the fog of being widowed.
The other players involved faithful deputy Vic Moretti (Sackhoff) and the ever professionally eager career deputy, Connally (Chase).
The show starts out with Walt Longmire (Taylor) answering machine picking up, but it’s a woman’s voice in the greeting message, but obviously he seems to live alone. It’s a call from his deputy, Sackhoff, about a shooting. It takes a bit to get him to answer. This man usually shuns cell phones and is recovering from the death of his wife from more than a year ago.
I’m not going to spoil anything here, but rather, leave it for you to discover for yourself. But I must say, every actor has stepped comfortably into the shoes of their characters. There’s no awkward in this first premiere episode, and everyone delivers a solid performance as if they’ve been wearing these character skins for years. That helps immensely in trying to understand if you want to enjoy a show or not.
Taylor delivers a wonderful role of a man tormented by loss, yet fueled by an inner strength that is there, at the ready, at the right times. This is the first time I’ve seen him in anything and it took a bit to get used to him, to try to understand what to expect from this actor. But his delivery made that easy.
Sackhoff delivers a scrappy and dedicated deputy. (When isn’t she scrappy?)
Lou Diamond Phillips character seems to provide the glue, or the conduit between the Indian reservation and Longmire’s world. Tenuous, as it is.
The story itself has a good story for the episode while it delivers some background on most everyone. But unlike some upstarts, it doesn’t overdo it, but rather, delivers small tidbits of back story in just the right doses.
If you like the country and scenic landscapes, Longmire is absolutely wonderful to behold.
I’d say check it out and see what you think.