Third-episode verdict: Longmire (A&E)

The CarusometerA Carusometer rating of 3

In the US: Sundays, 10/9c, A&E

So time to pass a verdict on A&E’s new show, modern western Longmire. Not much has changed since the first episode, in which craggy Robert Taylor went around investigating crimes in Wyoming, aided by his traditional, conservative values, while pesky women, youngsters and Native Americans (there are no gay people in Wyoming) tried their best to help or interfere, but proved to be no match for his superior wit and inherent white male superiority.

The subsequent two episodes have more of less followed this exact same formula, albeit with fewer thrills and with less depth. Everything’s about Taylor or about making Taylor look good, while Katee Sackhoff and company get little by way of plot, characterisation or anything else.

However, it is a well made show, thoughtful, mostly well acted, beautiful to look at, and it does have moments of poignancy. It’s also a refreshing change to most urban dramas, looking at rural issues that don’t often appear in crime dramas, although episode three does have the mob intruding. Taylor’s character is sympathetic, even if he’s simultaneously an ornery, uncommunicative man of the land, and Sackhoff is good in more or less everything she’s in.

Sometimes engrossing, different but nothing spectacular.

Carusometer rating: 3
Rob’s prediction: If The Glades can survive for four seasons on A&E, this will probably last at least a couple.

Author

  • I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.