Wednesday, December 6, 2017


Do you think that they haven't produced a decent western since "Lonesome Dove"? Well, IMO, Netflix has succeeded with "Godless".

Jeff Daniels ("The newsroom") plays the leader of an outlaw band that has robbed a train of a mine payroll and then slaughtered the entire town. One of his men steals the loot and takes off with it with the gang in hard pursuit. He escapes but is wounded and ends up at the farm of a widow played by Michelle Dockery (Remember her from Downton Abbey"?) She lives on the outskirts of a town populated almost entirely by women. The town got that way because all of the men died in a mine accident. The sheriff of the town is played by Scoot McNairy ("Halt and Catch Fire") who at first arrests the gunslinger but then goes off in search of the gang led by Jeff Daniels. His sister is the defacto mayor and is played by Merritt Wever ("Nurse Jackie" and "Walking Dead"). She has to  organize the defense of the town when Jeff Daniels realizes that the guy that stole his money is in the town.

The writers do a great job of character development using flashbacks to explain the history of each character and how they became who they are. It may seem a little confusing at first, but just bear in mind that all will be explained in due time.

The show runs for 7 one hour episodes. It is one of the best westerns I have watched in recent years.

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