In a small house in the plains of Texas, Shea Brennan (Sam Elliott) takes her daughter. Who recently died of smallpox, to her room, crying, and places her next to his wife, who also died of the dreaded disease. Then he burned his house to get rid of this plague in his life. He is contemplating suicide when his right-hand man, Thomas (Lamonika Garrett), tells him, “If I actually dig up a hole, All I want to do it before the sun rises.”
On the way to his office in Pinkerton Fort Worth:
They meet James Dutton (Tim McGraw) riding a wagon while fighting bandits. He managed to kill them all with his rifle and ranged rifle; Brennan was impressed with his shooting skills but told Dutton he was lucky.
Dutton headed for Fort Worth, Hell’s Half-Acre. The place is more or less in the lawless. As we saw when Dutton caught the pickpocket and the mob grabbed the man and pulled the ropes. He was there to meet his family to travel north and establish a largely unexplored frontier.
Brennan and Thomas were in their security office in Pinkerton talking to a large group of Germans planning to settle in Oregon. Nobody spoke English, had too much equipment, couldn’t ride horses, and didn’t have weapons. Brennan knew that if they had no protection, they would kill them; Even though the group gives in to the extra fees. Brennan persuades them to pay them and find someone to drive.
He confronts Dutton at the salon and tries to convince him. That he and his group could benefit from additional staff by joining a larger group. But Dutton prefers to be alone.
Dutton’s wife Margaret (Faith Hill) and her family, including their eldest daughter Elsa (Isabel May), arrive in town by train. With them are sister James Claire (Down Olivier) and daughter Elsa eager to soak up every experience she faces her mother with almost everything. But when Dutton barely manages to save Elsa from being raped by a drunken brothel patron downstairs, she realizes that riding with Brennan and protecting the Germans can help her family reach properties up north where they can settle down on their own.
We took a look back at our review of Yellowstone three years ago:
And we noticed that we said the show was terrible and boring. Which is our opinion of the show’s early episodes. 1883 suffers no bad part; Sheridan wrote a brilliant pilot with some sharp dialogue and excellent performances from Elliott, McGraw, Hill and May. But the first episode is also incredibly satisfying and slow, which gives viewers plenty of opportunities to see scenes. That don’t move the story or tell us much about the characters.
Yes, we understand that; The show is said to be in a good old-fashioned western sequence. With wide-angle shots of the countryside and low-key scenes of people riding horses in front of a stunning backdrop. But the 66-minute pilot could still save ten minutes, and we’ll still appreciate the scope and scope of the show.
Every time Elliott comes on screen, things come to life, mainly because we feel his profound loss. But also his sense of accepting the challenge of bringing German soldiers to Oregon without killing them all. “Just because they don’t stick around doesn’t mean we can’t try,” he told Thomas. He wanted this group to have a better life, but he knew that most would not succeed. The sense of determination and determination mixed with the pain we see in Brennan’s eyes makes him an interesting character.
McGraw does a great job as Dutton. A man determined to find his part of the frontier and bring his family to his place. We’re surprised that Hill. She has had multiple acting roles, but we’ve never seen her play anyone other than herself. It did as well as the equally powerful Margaret. And not just in the scene where McGraw and Hill are together. Although this scene shows the chemistry the old couple had in real life.
We’re also looking forward to Mei, whose Elsa is the one whose voice we hear in part of the episode.
The show is mainly seen from their point of view. As they enjoy the opportunity to go beyond “the edge of civilization”, as the voice behind it puts it. As we can glimpse at the scene, he’s probably more than independent. And he could be the one to cement Dutton’s presence in Montana.
If Sheridan can choose his pace, he has an exciting story. However, we have another concern; How will it show the role of indigenous peoples in this story? The first quick scene isn’t promising. It portrays it as a stereotypical bloodthirsty savage and not defending their land from invasion and subjugation by white settlers. In 2021-22, it is inexcusable to tell the story of our progress in the West without dealing with the fact that the land our ancestors lived on was not their land to conquer. We expect Sheridan to approach this in a way that doesn’t seem like small talk.
We’re concerned about the speed of 1883 and how it portrays Native Americans. Still, the story is compelling, and the performance of multi-faceted leader Sam Elliott is more than enough to hold our interest.