Wooooo howdy! The Sorta Wild West comes to A & E this weekend with the new series Longmire, and we already did a quick draw with it thanks to an advanced press screener. But is it the sort of show that's right for you? We'll help you figure that out.
When can I watch it?
Longmire debuts Sunday, June 3 at 10pm on A & E.
Who stars in it?
Wearing the big hat as title character Walt Longmire is Aussie Robert Taylor, best known as Agent Jones from The Matrix. From the other side of the galaxy, Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackhoff plays one of Longmire's deputies. Lou Diamond Phillips, Bailey Chase (Ugly Betty), and Cassidy Freeman (Smallville) round out the cast. Also, Wyoming (actually Santa Fe, where the show is filmed) and beer cans are featured prominently.
Gimme some backstory... who created the series?
John Coveny (The Closer) and Hunt Baldwin (also The Closer) co-wrote and co-created the series, but the show's roots go back long before those two ever tapped out the script on a keyboard. Longmire is based on the award-winning novels written by Craig Johnson known as "The Walt Longmire Mysteries."
What's the show about?
Walt Longmire is country strong, yo! As the sheriff of a Wyoming county, he's got all sorts of crimes to solve and rascals to wrassle. As a man whose wife recently died, he's trying to pick up the pieces of his life... and pounding cases of Rainier beer like a college sophomore. He's got a new female deputy from Philly, a fellow lawman running against him for sheriff, and a Native American barman buddy who helps him out.
What types of peeps will dig this?
Fans of CBS's Jesse Stone saga should dig this. But really, it's a procedural with a Wyoming makeup job. If you're tired of cops running around city streets but still long to see no-gooders get their comeuppance thanks to good old-fashioned police work, saddle up with some Longmire.
Tell me about the good parts!
As a character, Walt Longmire doesn't bring anything new to the table, but he's a good take on an old classic and Robert Taylor plays the gruff guy minimally with effectiveness. You'll also see some great cinematography featuring the beauty of Wyoming/Santa Fe AND some cool cues that really propel the narrative and tell Longmire's story. And if you like some good twangy tunes, there are some great songs in the pilot.
Tell me about the bad parts!
Take away the dusty landscape and cowboy hats and it's pretty much just a regular procedural. While watching the pilot, I became less and less interested in the case as it progressed.
How about a final verdict? Should I watch or not?
I wouldn't fault you either way for liking or disliking this. There are enough redeeming qualities to recommend it, but it's also nothing new. If you're a fan of procedurals and modern-day Westerns, you'll dig it.
I can't wait 'til Sunday to decide, do you have a trailer or clip or something I can look at?
Why yes I do!
What would go well with watching Longmire?
Cheap beer. A buffalo burger. And a cup full of country dirt to wash it all down with.
Longmire debuts this Sunday, June 3 at 10pm on A & E.