". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Longmire Series Rides Again! -: Season 4 Netflix

Longmire was canceled by by A&E after the conclusion of season 3 -- which ended on a cliffhanger.

Netflix, however, bless their hearts! -- picked it up.  Season 4's ten episodes became available to stream today.  The Netflix production also picks up right where the end of season 3 left us.

However, the continuing mess the writers were making of the portrayal of Walt Longmire's deputy Vic(toria) Moretti's character is right at the very top of the opening.  It is more than distressing to see the actress, Katee Sackhoff, wasted this way: she's wearing unbelievably tight jeans and boots with really preposterous heels, has her shirt open almost to her navel, and her hair ironed.

She pecks and pats and preens herself over and over, looking in the mirror, carrying a six-pack of beer, and is just "dropping in by chance" on Walt Longmire -- her boss, btw, and much older than she is.  Even her voice is different, higher, all giggly, she wiggles her butt literally.  This is wrong and I hate it and so must most of the women who watch this series.  It's been strongly suggested that the audience for Longmire are more female than male, which is another reason A&E wasn't keeping it around.  Though this article says A&E dropped Longmire even though the audience numbers and ratings were high because -- the audience was too old.

Preview of the season 4's first episode:

Strong positives for everything else. Most of the original cast of characters are

here, including Lou Diamond as the wonderful character, Henry Standing Bear. As well, streaming from Netflix HD, what we see is sharper and brighter and more colorful than from A&E.  It's a beautiful show, set in an imaginary county of Wyoming, but shot on location in New Mexico. The music is better too.

I liked the series very much so I'm glad Longmire is back -- and please, soon, may Vic's character return to the strong, competent and effective deputy with agency and good friend and partner -- not sex kitten --  to Walt Longmire that she was in the first season.

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