Last year we got our first taste of the new TV series "Longmire" which airs on A&E. This series about the contemporary west soon found its audience and became one of A&E's most successful series ever. Now it is back for its second season and the excitement of the story should continue at a high degree of entertainment excellence.
The show is based on the LONGMIRE series of books from Craig Johnson. The setting is Absaroka County, Wyoming which is where Sheriff Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor) makes his home. The cast of characters of these stories include Walt's deputy Vic Moretti (Katee Sack off), another deputy Branch Connally (Bailey Chase), his friend Henry Standing Bear (Lou Diamond Phillips), and his daughter Cady (Cassidy Freeman).
In the opening episode Walt is transporting a convicted serial killer to meet up with a federal agent. Things go wrong and Longmire ends up taking off in the ferocious winter weather to try to recapture the man. Both the weather and the man are savage so Walt needs all his physical and mental strength in order to survive.
Taylor give Longmire just the right balance of world weariness and energy. This is a man who is seasoned by time and longevity on the job. He relies on his instincts and on the intelligence he possesses. Taylor has the well worn look that is necessary for the role and he climbs into the character and it is a snug fit.
Sackoff's Vic is the hothead of the office but she is an able assistant for Longmire. She is as tough as can be but also vulnerable in certain ways. Sackoff and Taylor create a solid duo for the series and make audiences want to learn more and more about these characters.
There haven't been a lot of good westerns on TV lately and so "Longmire" is a welcome addition to anyone's viewing schedule. It is raw and gritty with engrossing storylines and identifiable characters. You will want to schedule this series into your weekly viewing habits.
So mark down "Longmire" as a must see show each week. It is a little different from other TV series in its presentation and its characters. Robert Taylor makes his mark as a more mature lawman who is still up to doing the job. It might exhaust him a little bit more but his persistence makes the difference.
"Longmire" airs Monday nights at 10 on A&E.
Jackie K Cooper