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A Modern Western – Longmire Season 2 | What to watch

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Can a person who’s done terrible things still be a good person? That’s the question driving the second season of Longmire.

Ostensibly a mystery series, the TV show Longmire is really a modern-day western set in the fictional county of Absaroka, Wyoming. Our hero, a man of few words and even less technology—he refuses to buy a cell phone—is the anachronistic Walt Longmire, the sheriff of said county and the only thing that stands between the Absaroka police force and too-easy Mayberry comparisons. In other words, old dogs can still be pretty badass even without new tricks.

Based on the mystery novels by Craig Johnson, Longmire has hit its stride in its second season. In season one, Walt was dealing with the death of his wife (which happened before the show began), his daughter Cady was trying to “help” him move on by being really annoying, and one of his deputies by the name of Branch decided to run against him for sheriff while banging Cady. This soap-operatic quagmire’s Oedipal overtones were only made more palpable by the fact that Cady and Walt’s relationship as father and daughter is TOTALLY UNBELIEVABLE. They treat each other more like ex-spouses, which isn’t helped by the fact that the actress who plays Cady (Cassidy Freeman) could do with a stint in Over-Acting Anonymous. Shouting is really not a viable way to express all emotion, just FYI.

The Cady-Branch-Walt triangle made season one a little awkward. But fortunately Cady left Absaroka at the end of the season, all in a huff because Walt forgot to mention her mom was murdered (oops?), and now we can focus on better things. Such as mysteries and wonderments, like does Walt’s favorite deputy, Vic, have a Dark Past? And how long will it take the Denver PD to figure out that Walt and his BFF, Henry Standing Bear, killed the man who murdered Walt’s wife in Denver before the series started? I’m guessing that plot line will last until the end of the season.

Longmire is at its best when it focuses on the interactions between Walt and the other main characters, due to the pitch-perfect casting. In particular there’s Katee Sackhoff of Battlestar Galactica fame as the take-no-bullshit Vic (basically the same type of character as Starbuck, but that’s okay because Sackhoff’s awesome at playing that character), Lou Diamond Phillips (hereafter known as LDPh) as Henry, and Aussie Robert Taylor in the title role. The actors really bring the show to life, especially if you’ve read the books, to which the TV series is relatively faithful.

As mentioned, Longmire isn’t really about murder mysteries—which are largely forgettable even when they’re total downers—but about how conflicts define a person. Innovation versus tradition, heart versus head, order versus lawlessness, reality versus perception, what you are versus what you want to be, fences versus free-range, hat versus no hat (kidding, that’s not a conflict because the answer is always hat). From the Battle of Little Big Horn—which Henry commemorates with a painting in his bar—to the election for sheriff, Longmire shows how conflict drives not only people, but is a creating force in towns and even the entire country. Every major character is pulled in at least two different directions, but Walt is the only one who can see the pattern of conflict in Absaroka County, undoubtedly a useful skill in a sheriff.

With big themes, revenge plots, a main character who’s the strong silent type, and a range of entertaining sidekicks, Longmire does a decent job of pulling westerns into the 21st century.

— Tasha Brandstetter

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Star Wars™ Pinball: Star Wars Rebels™

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Zen Studios has concocted a ruse of amusement, it’s a trap—of fun. Star Wars™ Pinball: Star Wars Rebels™, established by the critically acclaimed animated TV show on Disney XD, Star Wars Rebels™, releases endorphins chock full of nostalgia and bliss. With all of the Star Wars talk going on as of late, it’s nice to get in your daily need of pew pew! Stormtroopers assemble and try to take down the hero of Lothal, the whole mission thing is a bit nuts. This pinball table goes to a galaxy far far away by delving into an age that has yet to be traversed by the films. Zen studios gets the balance of the force just right, do not try to get this table, do it.

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Pinball FX-2 Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Zen Studios does it again with Pinball FX2 – Marvel Avenger’s: Age of Ultron. This table is available on PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4. Avengers Assemble! Age of Ultron quenches a thirst for adventure you didn’t know you had. Players assist Iron Man in finishing his most aspiring venture to date. The profound and climactic soundtrack will rip you out of the comfort of your chair and into the Age of Ultron. Enjoy this audacious addition to the Avenger’s universe, Thor’s might is on your side. The Incredible Hulk, Hawkeye, and Black Widow make a gargantuan attempt at arresting the nefarious Ultron. Pull yourself together and check out this game, you can’t afford more mistakes. The god of thunder favors you.

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Shaking the Habitual, The Knife | Album Review

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By The Knife

Shaking the Habitual is something every person needs more of in life. Stepping outside of boundaries and entering a new experience can have a confounding effect on the senses. Rhythm and movement resonate from the deepest depths of the soul and project outward in an array of vibrancy. 

What starts off like a indigenous ceremony quickly changes to a post apocalyptic nuclear wasteland by the third track, “A Cherry on Top.” Then, finding semblance in a 19 minute interlude, “Old Dreams Waiting to Be Realized,” the brother-and-sister duo reemerge in ritualistic fashion with the deep bass line of “Raging Lung”. Ending with an unsettling aptitude, Fracking Fluid Injection precedes the final track, Ready to Lose; providing insight to a larger contextual effect this album has in a world seeming “Full of Fire.” 

Although difficult to fully embody the composition of electronic and aboriginal noise heard in The Knife’s new album, Shaking the Habitual, any movement to the music is sure to conjure emotion. At times, the May release represents a more archetypal sound in the art of music. 

Tying together components of old and new, the Swedish duo creates a spellbinding effect with the first track, A Tooth For an Eye. Amalgamating dominant instrumentations, subtle synth lines and underlying vocals, A Tooth For and Eye entices the listener with something seldom projected over the airwaves. 

Coming off a seven year hiatus, the duo can predominate with an electronic influence, but, ultimately the seamless transition across a spectrum of sound grasps the ear. Delivered in its entirety, the lasting impression might leave one feeling like a participant of a seance.

— Rob Donovan

 

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