Longmire Review: The Big P

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This is likely my final review of Longmire.

I'll try to find another TV Fanatic writer to take over future episodes, but "The Cancer" was plagued with the same problem that has negatively affected this A&E drama since a decent premiere: it's simply too much of a procedural for my taste.

Longmire Investigates

Replace Wyoming with the streets of Las Vegas and there isn't much difference between Longmire and CSI.

Instead of technology, the latter relies on Walt's experience and instincts, but the focus on a weekly case and the set-up of each installment remains the same. Here, we opened with a fisherman discovering two bodies and it eventually led to more interactions between Walt and a reluctant-to-chat Mathias... but we don't have any more background on this relationship than we had weeks ago.

The presence of the reservation and the Cheyenne ought to make Longmire stand out, but so far each has served as just a slight obstacle in the occasional investigation.

I'd be more invested in the series if maybe we met more residents on the reservation and understood life there. Or if Vic served more of a role than just the outspoken sidekick. Or if the race for sheriff heated up between Branch and Walt.

However, Longmire has been pretty much all Walt Longmire all the time since the beginning, and I just don't find him to be an especially engaging character. He's almost too good of a detective (wasn't he meant to be rusty? Isn't that why Branch is running against him?) and the death of his wife hasn't really played a role aside from setting Walt up as a sullen, sympathetic individual.

We learned this week that Mrs. Longmire died from cancer. It's certainly a sad situation, but it's not an original one and Walt's link between that awful disease and the pot-growing examples of the case were a bit heavy-handed. I rolled my eyes when he talked of each "spreading," probably not the reaction the series was going for.

This is also the second time in just four episodes where the main culprit turned out to be a supposed good guy who had been helping with the investigation. I'm already sick of the pattern.

So I'm tapping out. Longmire is not a bad show by any means; the acting is strong, the setting is beautiful. Without any kind of serialized aspect, though, it's the sort of Case-of-the-Week series that simply can't hold my attention.


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On the episode of Longmire, where the Native American children where being taken out of their homes, why was the ICWA (Indian Children Welfare Act) never mentioned? The act was passed in 1978 and should have applied to the show. It's a good show, but needs to have realistic facts in it when applying to some subjects. You have lawyers and law enforcement involved but they don't know about such laws?


Great show, based on some great novels by Craig Johnson. A few disappointments--character of "Vic" in the novels is Vic Moretti, a profane and fiery dimunitive Italian from Philly, who is romantically involved with Walt. A tall blonde doesn't cut it! Also, miss 'Dog" and the Basquo...otherwise, everything is right on! Need more of the Northern Cheyenne in the series...


hmmmmmm.........3 weeks and no futher reviews? Can anyone tell us if there will be future reviews on this show?


I would look in the local papers. If you're in Cheyenne look at Trader Shopper's Guide. People list their dogs all the time. I found my pure bred Golden Retriever thurgoh there. You can visit the puppies at home, see the conditions, and talk to the vets about the parents.Nebraska (just east of us) has a lot of puppy mills. So please be careful and check out the conditions the animal is in, make sure the puppies have vet records, etc.


It's about time television brought an excellent show for viewers who prefer westerns or, at least, quasi-westerns. I am a member of the Apsaalooke Nation (often misspelled and mispronouned as Absaroke and referred to as the Crow Tribe)and a historian and my sister and I find the show totally entertaining. I can tell that writers have done their research on the 'res' and the Northern Cheyenne, which is a plus for the show. The Northern Cheyenne are geographic neighbors to the Crow and are a proud people. Judging from the comments, viewers want more on the Cheyenne. I hope you follow-up. Good work! By the way, Robert Taylor is great as Longmire. We've always been fans of Lou Diamond Phillips.


Anybody got a flank steak?


Critics suck...


"Replace Wyoming with the streets of Las Vegas and there isn't much difference between Longmire and CSI."
You see, if you had any sense of esthetics, that's the point...
The folks who watch, Longmire, and love it, (like myself)are sick and tired of seeing the garbage ridden, and rat infested streets of LV, LA, and NYC.
Look, since people first put on plays, ther have only been seven differant types of plots anyway. There's nothing new under the sun, so get used to it.
The characters are great, the plots are good, and the scenery beats a back alleyway off "Meanstreet" anyday.
It's easy to criticize. Write a script yourself, and lets see how you do?
Critics are hacks, but if I were one, I'd give it six stars just to piss you off...


I have enjoyed each episode up to the goofy bear episode. All the faux concern for a bear that had killed livestock and fed on a human carcass is both disgusting and unbelievable for the character as presented. Then to kick the tinker belle bear "biologist loose after he shot the deputy and put her in the hospital only confirms the "New York Nature" of your writers and producers trying to make a hard western lawman into a touchy-feely kindergarten teacher.


Walt's sidekick needs to button up her shirt. A real deputy doesn't walk around like she is heading for the club.
Other than that we love the show. A refreshing change form reality tv.

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