Entertaining Peery: Longmire “Unfinished Business” Season 1 Finale

August 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

“I got a shotgun, a rifle, and a four-wheel drive”

A&E’s season finale of Longmire ended in a what I’d call an “uh, oh” rather than a cliff-hanger. However, this state of affairs does nothing to take away the ride this season has given its audience. The excellent “modern Western” series features incremental character development which culminated in cell-phone hating Walt Longmire’s long-eluded to secret becoming known during the season finale.

Along the way the familial and work-place feuding heats up. Vic confronts Walt’s would-be girlfriend, Lizzie, and instead of giving a warning, got some perspective on her own feelings. Branch’s sheriff’s campaign and workplace rivalry with Walt boils over into a brawl when Walt, rightly stops Branch from half-cocked police work. Most gut-wrenching is the Walt/Cady father-daughter turmoil spirals into a dark place with verbal kicks to each others’ guts. Above it all is the outstanding Lou Diamond Phillips’ Henry as the amazingly down-to-earth voice of reason and soul of the entire show.

“Unfinished Business” also had two notable guest-stars. Charles S. Dutton stars as a Denver Detective who has been trying to pin down Walt.  Also, Q’Orianka Kilcher, best known for her turn as Pocahontas in Malick’s The New World, plays a mentally-challenged rape victim, Ayasha Roundstone. Both performances add to the already great acting ensemble on the show.

Will I be excited to see the next season? You bet!

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