Longmire, created by John Coveny and Hunt Baldwin, is a highly entertaining series. The show is a contemporary crime drama in a modern western setting that focuses on substance over style. Where other crime dramas get tired due to overexposure and high episode counts per season, this one gets it right on all counts, telling its story through rich acting, dynamic character relationships, deliberate pacing, and of course Wyoming’s breathtaking scenery.
While the connecting story arc isn’t particularly original, its execution is handled very well. Unlike its contemporaries, Longmire doesn’t feel like its arc is shoehorned in. Instead, it seems like a natural story that we as viewers have dropped into. More so, the arc’s progression is handled carefully and steadily–feeling neither rushed nor milked–which allows for a natural propulsion that adds to the show’s tangibility and character development.
Unfortunately, because crime dramas are done so regularly (and I watch so many of them), I can’t seem to shake the feeling that I’ve been here before. Not for long stretches of time, mind you, but every now and then. As such, I thought it only right to deduct a half star for that. Still, 4.5 out of 5 ain’t bad.
4.5 out of 5 stars