About the series……….
Frank Griffin, an outlaw terrorizing the 1880s American West, hunts down Roy Goode, his partner turned enemy. Roy hides out at a ranch as Frank’s chase leads him to La Belle, New Mexico – a town mysteriously made up entirely of women.
The blurb about the series is wrong. This story is about the empowerment of women through tragic necessity. There is no mystery about why La Belle is populated mostly by women. A mine accident killed 83 men in 5 minutes, leaving a town of widows and their kids and a few men who didn’t work the mines.
I don’t put ratings on tv or movies, I reserve that for books. For this, I will just give some random thoughts. You can decide for yourself if you want to watch this seven episode mini-series.
Filmed around Santa Fe, New Mexico, the scenery is beautiful and the cinematography is breathtaking. I may very well re-watch the whole series just for that.
Or, I may have to re-watch for the horses. Whoever the wrangler was for this series knows beautiful horses and horsemanship. If horses is one of your passions, you will love this series. Most, but not all, of the actors and extras on horseback did a nice job. There were a few extras that made me cringe a little, but mostly they looked good. Cowboys and horses are always fun to watch.
One of my favorite characters was Whitey, played by Thomas Sangster. He was great to watch. Another favorite was Iyovi played by Tantoo Cardinal. This lovely lady is always a welcome actor in anything. Her grandson in the series,Truckee, played by newcomer Samuel Marty did a great job. But Merritt Wever as Mary-Agnes McNue was the real highlight for me. She was outstanding. They were all members of what is commonly called supporting cast…and they were better, in my opinion, than the stars.
I thought the stars of the show were…well…wooden. Emotionless. Maybe that was intentional because they had all been traumatized in one way or another. When Roy Goode (Jack O’Connell) is with the horses, he’s at his best, and those scenes are definitely worth watching. Kim Coates, on the other hand, should stick to motorcycles…he looks like an idiot on a horse, a mean idiot.
Violence. Lots of violence. Long, long scenes of gun fights. Some really bad guys that were probably as bad as the criminal motorcycle gang in Sons Of Anarchy where Kim Coates played an iconic role and looked perfect on a Harley. Bless his heart, he should have never taken this role. He looks like an idiot on a horse. I’ve already said that once, but it needed repeating.
Plot holes you can drive a cattle herd through.
Unresolved issues and an un-ending. I hope there is another season. I want to know what and why and where about many things. I want to know what happens to all these widows. There is no information that I have found about the possibility of a second series.
All of that being said, I enjoyed this series. I would watch it again.