With word coming down that Longmire is officially getting a season five, H takes a look at the series so far.
|"No. You may not call me|
Marlboro Man. "
Longmire got its start on A&E, a cable network channel back in June of 2012. While it was well received and continued on A&E until August 4, 2014, it was announced that the show would not be renewed for a fourth season. Netflix picked it up and continued the masterpiece, airing season four on September 10, 2015 with no end in sight, as of yet. A little backstory, if I may. Being a huge fan of the Battlestar Galactica reboot in 2004, I grew to adore actors from the show and liked to keep up with what some of them are doing in and out of show-biz—Katee Sackhoff being one of them. I saw a video interview of her with Paul F. Thompkins a while back, and she spoke about a number of things, but mostly about a show she co-stared on called, Longmire. Forgetting about it completely, I booted up my PlayStation 4 one day this past September and started the Netflix app. When something new comes to Netflix, it is highlighted and the first thing you see upon starting. Longmire was all up in my face screaming “WATCH ME!”, and the interview with Sackhoff popped into my head. Not only does she seem like the sweetest, coolest, nicest, badass chick ever, but she is a phenomenal actor so, of course I hit “X” to start episode one. Right away I knew that I wouldn’t be leaving my couch until I had watched this entire show.
|"Damn straight. I came back from the dead."|
By season two, not only are you craving to know how this story is concluded, but you’re genuinely invested in each character and hope for the best. Longmire had some thought-provoking themes I stood firm with, allowing me to experience different point of view. The only other show that could do this was 2004’s reimagined Battlestar Galactica. There is no argument in saying Longmire is on par with BSG (for those of you that have not watched BSG, I implore you to do so. It will change your life). The character arc of Branch Connally has to be one of the most intense stories on television in the past decade. You are consistently on the fence about him and just when you feel it’s comfortable to choose a side and get down, you see something that shakes you up. The dynamic between Connally and Walt alone makes for good TV, but all of the characters have their own personal ties with Walt, furthering your deep admiration for them. Even Ruby, Walt’s secretary, plays a major role in Walt’s life.
|"Yes sir, bad ass all around."|
A quote from Peter Weller's character says what I cannot about Longmire. “The cowboy has always been a dying breed, but he takes his dying slowly, perched upon his steed. The prairie is his prison, his church, his wife. And if you take away his sky, you take away his life. Yet where does he go when the ranges all have closed? Does he retire in his bunkhouse in depressed repose? No, he climbs back in that saddle, if just to bide his time. The cowboy knows…a good death…is hard to find.”
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