Ten new episodes of “Longmire” were released by Netflix today. All four seasons can now be seen on Netflix. A&E had canceled the Western drama after three seasons because, although popular, it didn’t attract the desired demographic - whatever that is.
The series is based on the novels of best-selling western author Craig Johnson, who I first learned of when I attended “Hay Camp” in western North Dakota in 2013. The title character, Walt Longmire, played by Australian actor Robert Taylor, is Sheriff of fictional Absaroka County, Wyoming, the least populated county in the U. S. Absaroka County apparently fictionally includes the Reservation of the Northern Cheyenne Nation and so the stories include not a few wonderful Cheyenne characters and one Crow. Walt rides a horse, an old Ford Bronco and packs a .30-.30 saddle carbine and a Model 1911 Colt .45 sidearm but no cell phone. Walt’s loyal best friend is Henry Standing Bear, played by Lou Diamond Phillips, who owns the Red Pony (bar and grill), drives a green mint condition late 50’s Chevy pickup, will not allow a contraction to pass his lips, and is an impeccably well educated force for good.
With Cowboys and Indians good and bad, good cops and bad cops - and Good Women - what more could Western Man ask? My schedule won’t allow me to take up where it left off (with several major cliff hangers) immediately, but I will soon. This is the first TV production that I have attended since West Wing.
Walt and Henry at the Red Pony (Photo courtesy of Google)