In the 1880s American West murderous outlaw gang leader Frank Griffin hunts for ex-protege Roy Goode. Frank's chase leads him to La Belle, New Mexico - a town inhabited, after a mining disaster, almost entirely by women.
A group of rather slap dash builders are rather imaginative at solving what problems come their way. Whatever it is that doesn't fit the picture, it will be made fit in no time. This ... See full summary »
A Latina spin on Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility," where two spoiled sisters who have been left penniless after their father's sudden death are forced to move in with their estranged aunt in East Los Angeles.
When a young gay man is brutally murdered near Bondi Beach, Detectives Tori Lustigman and Nick Manning are assigned to investigate. After more bodies are found, Tori links the deaths to a series of murders of gay men in the 1980s and '90s.
Jeremy Lindsay Taylor
A fateful meeting in 1869 Alberta-Montana border country leads to tragedy, a struggle for survival and the search for justice and renewal. STRANGE EMPIRE is a Western whose heroes are women. With most of their men gone, and those who remain battling for control, the women struggle to survive, to find their independence, and to build a life in which to thrive and raise families. As the stories of Janestown's citizens unfold we see the clash between a power-hungry father and son and the deep prejudices among races, but also the start of something akin to community in this Wild West. Western stories take civilization as a goal; they begin in blood, and end in the morality of Main Street. Starring Cara Gee as Kat Loving, Melissa Farman as Dr. Rebecca Blithely and Tattiawna Jones as Isabelle Slotter.Written by
The Gunbelt worn by Marshal Caleb is actually a Swedish army belt named "ammunitionsgördel m/1900-12" it's actually from the 20th century and therefore does not fit the time period of the series. See more »
What is a Poutine Western, you may ask? It's what you get when a writer in Montreal decides to pitch a "western" to the CBC: set a story in late nineteenth-century Western Canada, throw in a few horses, a couple of young women with pseudo-southern drawls, and poof! Instant Poutine Western.
With a heroine named Loving and a villain named Slotter (yes, those are actually their names) it's no surprise that Strange Empire is the most derivative "western" since AMC's embarrassing Hell on Wheels. Anachronistic language and a weak plot propelled by hammy acting make this series painful to watch; the fictional and historical incongruities make it well nigh impossible. (For instance, why would a man trying to sell horses casually mention that his entire stock was stolen - a crime that would see him hanged in most frontier territories - in order to just GIVE AWAY a stallion?)
Perhaps the most obnoxious aspect of the CBC's newest brainchild, however, is that the writers (or at least the advertisers) can't even get the time-line right: the first episode is apparently set in the summer of 1869 at the Montana-Alberta border. The only problem is that Montana didn't actually border Canada in the summer of 1869 - let alone Alberta, which didn't even exist before the late 1880s.
In short, Strange Empire is a disappointing drama, a failed historical drama, and a downright offensive western. Stick to your squeaky cheese, CBC, and keep your boots out of Alberta.
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