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At first I thought I’d be watching a period piece Western, but much to my surprise Longmire is a present day Western of sorts.  It takes place in the backwaters of Wyoming, and is a police crime story.  It includes a stark look at how Native Americans are treated, live, and how they are perceived by “Whites”, and interact with them as well.

The acting is excellent, Robert Taylor as Longmire has a perfect Western accent.  Considering he is Australian it is amazing I cannot even discern that he’s from Downunder.  He is excellent at playing the gruff, burly, mourning in silence, self contained, no nonsense guy.

The interaction Longmire has with the other characters is amazing.  His relationship with Vic, a deputy of his, is one where he basically treats her like one of the boys.  However, he is still the gentleman toward her.

Longmire has an amazing relationship with his Native American friend Henry Standing Bear.  It is at once fun with a dry sense of humour, bantering, and seriousness.

The writing is magnificent.  The characters are well defined.  I have enjoyed each episode.  At times it seems like they are just getting better and better.  Once in a while it won’t be a great one, but it will still be really good.

I highly recommend this show!  It is on Netflix.

 

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I thought I was open to watching most things all the way through, but alas I am not.  It turns out that I don’t like these series for various reasons.  But, look at the series I do like as well for several reasons.

NETFLIX

SERIES I DIDN’T LIKE
Borgia – horrible acting, terrible story line, gag me

Jack Taylor – love main actor Iian, but his character starts to get old, as the plot gets more desperate so does he and that gets boring.

Midsummer Murders – Very British, which is awesome, but could only watch two episodes

Money Heist – Boring and predictable

Collateral – Can’t even remember why I didn’t like this one.

Mossad 101 – Loved trying to understand the Hebrew, with my limited speaking ability.  However, it was predicable and boring as well as rather ridiculous.

Peaky Blinders – Love Cillian Murphy, and Sam Neill, but it gets brutally violent and has usual bad guy versus brut hometown hero.

SERIES I LIKE AND SUGGEST

The Crown – Absolutely marvellous!  Acting is fabulous, storyline is engaging, love historical accuracy.

Godless – Absolutely amazing!  Love Westerns!  Storyline is great, love Michelle Cockerny & Jeff Daniels!  Excellent acting.  Very violent, but can tolerate most of it.

Life in Pieces – Absolutely one of the best comedies of all time!  The actors are perfectly cast, the storyline is hysterical!

I am also watching non Netflix… These are the ones I like…

The Expanse – Love Sci-fi!  Took a little while to get into it, but now I’m hooked.

The Good Fight – Semi-redundant of The Good Wife of course, but like it cause I kind of miss The Good Wife.

The Blacklist – Mix feelings, because my move from Netflix to TV was not a smooth transition, so I missed some episodes.  Not happy to hear the Husband was killed off so he could star in his own program.  Also, this may soon be on my don’t watch list.

The Big Bang Theory – Still hanging in there with it.  Sometimes it is great, like Amy and Sheldon’s wedding.  Well done!

What lures me in to watch a series for the long haul?  Acting, plot, storyline, cinematography, direction, am I being entertained, and am I learning something of interest?

 

 

 

 

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IMDB – Alicia has been a good wife to her husband, a former state’s attorney. After a very humiliating sex and corruption scandal, he is behind bars. She must now provide for her family and returns to work as a litigator in a law firm.

Alicia Florrick

My take:  I binged watched this entire series.  Mind you I had the flu and needed something to occupy me during my two weeks of misery.  It did the trick, the series took my mind off being ill and throughly entertained me.

I like lawyer shows.  In this one I particularly liked the fact that so many actors who were on Law and Order surfaced for cameo roles.  Of course one of the main actors was on that show, Chris Noth from Law and Order, on this show he played Peter Florrick. There were others who were his partners in the Law and Order series.  I will see if I can gather those actors names, and characters they played.

Julianna Margulies played Peter’s “Good” wife Alicia.  I liked that Alicia, a lawyer, went from being a competent lawyer, to an extraordinary one.  However, it appears that along the way she lost sight of her morals.  It did seem in order for her to compete in her professional world she had to strengthen her back bone, and bend her ideals.  It didn’t help that her husband Peter was a philander and knew how to play hardball already.  One would say he was her mentor, but Alicia found others to become her role models.  Her love interest Will Gardner – Josh Charles, was a combination of ethics and slime.  He crossed over imaginary lines in a slick manner.

The criticism I have of the series, is the repeat performances of some of the clients.  I would say, they’ve been there, done that, got the tea shirt.  I did however, love lawyer Elsbeth!   Carrie Preston.  She had a dynamic personality and her quirkiness was amazing presented.  I also loved the character Michael J. Fox played, Louis Canning.  A disabled man who was smarter and more ruthless than just about anyone.  He used his disability without compunction.  He used it to draw sympathy and attention to his plight and away from the fact he was slaughtering any lawyer or witness that stood in his way of winning.  His playfulness with his character reflected the twinkle in Michael’s eyes that are still bright and shining as ever.

I didn’t like Alicia’s last lover, I don’t want to even bother to look up his name.  He was an arrogant, boring, snide, and spineless person.

I really liked the character Diane Lockhart, Christine Baranski. She was graceful, soft spoken, but strong and full of fight.  I love her as Leonard’s mom on the Big Bang Theory!  And I love her in the spin off The Good Fight. I like that the character Marrisa Gold – Sarah Steele, has followed Diane Lockhart into the followup series. I liked a lot of the characters and the drama that ensued.  Was it a super great series?  No.  Was it entertaining, engaging and interesting?  Yes!  Am I watching the follow up series, The Good Fight?  You bet ya!

The Good Fight can be summed up in this manner; back stab everyone in your firm and, everyone else you can think of.  Plot to get the win in court, no matter what the costs, human psyche, relationships, or otherwise.

I am at the point where I am catching up on a lot of series.  The total advantage of watching these on Netflix, NO COMMERICALS.  It is so worth the wait in some instances, so please stay with me as I catch up on less recent productions.  Hopefully you will find something you will want to catch up on as well.

 

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IMDB – An English combat nurse from 1945 is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743.

The series Outlander, shown on Starz originally and now Neflix, is fantastic!  The storyline is original; the characters unique.  I am totally addicted to this series.  I have to admit I started this series toward the end of the second season.  It was so engaging, I decided to record the new ones, and then start the series from the very beginning.  What a great idea that was!

The main characters Claire (Caitriona Balfe)  and Jamie Fraser’s (Sam Heughan) chemistry is so wonderful, you truly feel their love, passion, fears, frustration and their anger.  They are indeed a pair to be reckoned with, and unbelievable actors.

Captain Randall and Frank are played by the same person (Tobias Menzies).   I have to give immense credit to this actor’s characters because I liked Frank in the beginning, he seems like a “good chap”… That is until you see the same guy play a Hitler like character Captain Randall.  One can never look at Frank in the same way again.  He has been sullied by his ancestor.

One character I truly like, whose thoughts seem to be given away by a mere expression is Murtagh Fraser (Duncan Lacroix).  A treat to read a characters thoughts without having to hazard a guess.  He shows how gestures and expressions are a language onto itself.  His interactions with Claire and Jamie are seamless and a thrill to watch.

The script is so well written that I feel like I am part of the world that has been created.  One criticism is, how many rape scenes are there in this series.  Since they are so acutely real, I have a hard time watching them… All of them.  Stick to the love scenes!  Wow!

I will write more on this as I progress in the series.  This series is a pleasure to cover.

Have you seen this series?  If so, what are your thoughts on this?

 

 

 

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