The missus and yours truly had a chance to watch 3 episodes of The Mayor of Kingstown and one for 1883.
I like Jeremy Renner which is the reason I signed up for Paramount+ to watch the show. I believe is an underrated actor who is capable to take any role in any type of movie. Go from any of his Avengers performances and then jump to Wind River to see what I mean.
The Mayor of Kingstown is about a family of wheelers and dealers of a town dedicated to the incarceration industry. I read somewhere that there is not a single main character with a redeeming value in the show and I would have to add that it also includes about 99% of the secondary ones. Yet, I hooked me because I felt I was watching a juggler play with 5 grenades at once, all with the pins straight and you are just wondering when the whole thing is just going to collapse spectacularly.
As for 1883, we only saw the first episode and the production value is outstanding. Sam Elliot is Sam Elliot and I have to give props to Tim McGraw; the sumbitch does a very nice job of acting. The story is being told (mostly) from the point of view of McGraw’s daughter in the series and I realized it reminded me a lot of the miniseries Centennial, specifically the part where Elly Zendt’s letters to her best friend were the narrative of the young couple traveling from Pennsylvania to Colorado.
Oh yes, lots of shooting and the guns appear to be period correct including a rolling block rifle (Sharps?) with a long scope. Tim McGraw’s Colt SAA looks minimalistic and very nice and kudos to the producers for actually having a double barrel shotgun as the go-to weapon when SHTF or wrongs need to be righted. The experts can say what they want, but the gun that won the west was in my humble opinion, the 12-gauge side-by-side shotgun.
If you haven’t watched the shows, give them a try. If you had, leave a comment and tell me how wrong or less wrong I may be. 🙂