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Long­mire Net­flix

It’s hard to ex­plain if you’ve never been through it, but the feel­ing of hav­ing your favourite TV show can­celled is a bit like grief. (Fa­mously, there are still fans of Joss Whe­don’s sin­gle sea­son of Firefly from 2002 that re­main stuck in the first stage of that process: de­nial.) But what a mag­nif­i­cent age we live in, when the new stream­ing ser­vices per­form al­most weekly mir­a­cles of tele­vi­sual res­ur­rec­tion. Long­mire, a fan­tas­tic con­tem­po­rary western based on the nov­els of Craig John­son, was ar­guably an un­likely can­di­date for the chop in the first place, be­ing the high­est rat­ing scripted show on the A&E chan­nel. Thank­fully, Net­flix has come to the res­cue and seam­lessly pro­duced a fourth sea­son, which went online a few days ago. (The first three sea­sons are online too.) The story fol­lows the tri­als of Sher­iff Walt Long­mire of the fic­tional Ab­saroka County in Wy­oming, ably played by Aus­tralian ac­tor Robert Tay­lor ( Home and Away, The Ma­trix). It’s a cri de coeur for tra­di­tional Amer­i­can val­ues: Long­mire is unashamedly old-school, techno­pho­bic and dad-core. “He is his own man … he is the one who’ll stand up and do the right thing, even when there is no one there to see him do it,” says Tay­lor. His co-stars in­clude Lou Diamond Phillips ( La Bamba), Ka­tee Sack­hoff ( Bat­tlestar Galac­tica) and Cas­sidy Free­man (pic­tured above).

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