Overview 1883 2021 Season 1 Complete
Follow the Dutton family as they embark on a journey west through the Great Plains toward the last bastion of untamed America. A stark retelling of Western expansion, and an intense study of one family fleeing poverty to seek a better future in America’s promised land — Montana.
Review by Peter McGinn on May 21, 2022
I should start by saying that not having watched any of Yellowstone yet, I entered this series from a strictly neutral position.
This series felt almost like an odd combination of a Greek tragedy and Agatha Christie’s novel Ten Little Indians (aka And Then There were None). I won’t even explain why as I want to steer as clear of spoilers as I can.
As with many cable series before it, in the tradition of Sopranos, Breaking bad and others, this story is dramatic enough to pull you along enthralled even as you may have qualms or doubts about aspects of it. Plus it has Sam Elliot, always worth a look, and great performant by two country singers, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. And let’s not forget the great ensemble cast.
The scenery is awesome, the soundtrack effective and the script is excellent for the most part. I must say I got really tired of the voiceover narration. Partly, I will admit, because I am not a big fan of voiceovers anyway, but also as if felt like teenager Elsa was passing along much more wisdom and historical perspective then someone her age would have access to. I mean, compare the girl’s antics at the beginning to the mini-lectures a few short weeks later.
But it was a minor irritant overall and only slightly repetitious, so it was easily passed over. The series was definitely worth seeing, and according to some information I have read, might provide some insight into the motivations and themes of the show Yellowstone if I also watch that someday.
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