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Great looking, well acted western miniseries. Familiair story but with some nice twists…….but also felt overlong by at least 3 episodes.
The trailers for this shows were unfortunately misleading, highlighting the women of La Belle as the most important characters. That's a show I would have loved to see, and I wish the actual showrunner had had the sense to make the feminist alt-Western that those trailers had promised. Instead, Godless is a more classic Western with a few notably great female characters. Every time those female leads start to take center stage, though, the male leads Roy, Frank, and Bill push them back out of the spotlight. Pretty typical for most TV (especially Westerns), but a big disappointment because of the way the commercials oversold this angle.
Still, once Mrs. Shazaaaam and I got past that disappointment, we came to really enjoy this for its sharp characters, bullet-quick wit, and gorgeous cinematography. Jeff Daniels and Merritt Wever both deserve Emmy nominations for the way they dominate the screen; the pace never flags for a second when they're on. The show flirts with greatness without ever really attaining it, but is definitely worth a watch.
I was mislead by the trailer as well and a little bit disappointed BUT the show did what it really set out to do: Tell an interesting story using tons and tons of Western tropes while staying surprisingly realistic for the most part. The only thing I would get rid of is not a thing but an actor: Jeff Daniels. Overact much? Oh boy...
Other than that:
great show, great camera work, strong women, mostly great actors, lots of fun and suspense.
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