Monday, July 23, 2012

Come Monday...Longmire

“Come Monday…” is a weekly series that will involve a review of, or commentary about,  websites, movies, documentaries, television shows, sports, music, and whatever else may tickle my fancy at the time.  Be assured that these reviews will be generally positive, as in accordance to the Jimmy Buffett song “Come Monday.”  This is subject to change, however.  In fact, I would be most derelict in my duties to neglect going on a rant every once in a while.  For rants promote change, and change can be good—right?  Therefore, since good is generally considered as being a positive force in 99.3% of the parallel universes that I am aware of, even a rant could be considered as being something positive, and a genuine hissy-fit would be even better (so I’m told).

[Longmire] is in its first season on A&E, which is currently airing at 9:00 p.m. CDT on Sundays.  Be assured that both my wife and I were eagerly awaiting the premiere of the show, but my enthusiasm has waned somewhat after watching the first four episodes while she still finds it very entertaining.

The reason for my waning enthusiasm is mostly on account of the same disease that has been rampaging through the movie/television production companies for far too long, which is the tendency to use too much artistic license with the details when the truth would work even better.  It did not take the Longmire production team very long, neither.  For in the first-half of the very first episode, they had a local pawn shop owner (I think) explaining what a .50 caliber [Sharps] rifle was to the sheriff.

No, that probably doesn’t sound all that far-fetched to anyone back east, but [Sheriff Longmire] wouldn’t need anyone to tell him what a .50 caliber Sharps was on account of it being legendary in the west and he being about as “western” as one can get.  Furthermore, they had the pawn shop owner tell the good sheriff that the rifle was known as a “horse-killer” when  it is as a “buffalo gun” is what it is best known as being.

Yeah, I suppose I do need to get a life (naturally-speaking, of course).  For Hollywood has been employing artistic license since the very beginning, but it would have been much more realistic to have had the pawn shop owner explain what a .50 caliber Sharps was to [Deputy Sheriff Moretti] on account of her being from Philadelphia and fairly new to the area—not to mention accurately identifying the rifle, if they wanted to educate their audience.

The second mortal sin came when it was said that some Cheyenne mothers would use the threat of a [Dog Soldier] coming to get them when their children were misbehaving.  For the Cheyenne Dog Soldiers were the most highly respected order in the Cheyenne tribe of old, and I would think that even more modern Cheyenne mothers would use them as an example for their children to aspire to—certainly not fear.

In all fairness, I may be wrong about the Dog Soldiers, and according to my wife, I am wrong about the show itself.  Of course, she is not still holding a grudge against [Katee Sackhoff] for taking the role of [Starbuck] in the reimagined version of Battlestar Galatica, and she is much more tolerant of artistic license than I am.    

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  1. be master in your home, use the 'off' switch.

  2. Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Adullamite!!! Yeah, easy for you to say.

  3. and here I thought that you had finally learned to stop disagreeing with Arlynda

  4. Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Ann!!! She says that I am awfully slow.


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