1883 episode 10 “This is not your heaven” recap and final thoughts of season 1

After getting Elsa medical attention at the Fort, however quickly they did, the Duttons road on out towards their manifest destiny. Knowing full well Elsa was not going to be live to see the fruits of their excursion west. Even though Josef’s leg looked like a Cronenberg creation. He wanted to press on with Shea and the Duttons. While the two cowboys ventured out on their own. Possibly finding their own prosperity west.

Josef was presented with the less than ideal decision whether to cut his leg off or not. As not doing it meant death, the choice was pretty easy. So following getting absolutely housed on booze, it was time.

Following this we saw what happened to the immigrants who had left Shea and the Duttons for Oregon. They were jumped by a band of raiders and all murdered.

We then see Elsa getting cared for by native people who use their traditional medicines and practices to alleviate her pain. All culminating in her and her father finally addressing the state of her mortality. Leading to them racing off to find Elsa’s final resting place.

Every time but right now was absolutely brutal. End of story. I knew this to be true and the west portrayed in 1883 definitely supports that.

The episode ends with the passing of Elsa. And HOOOLLYYYY HELLL that was sad. Having to comfort your dying child is something I can not even begin to fathom… but the emotion of this scene was heavy and felt very real.

We then saw a one year time jump with Josuf beginning to build his ranch and sadly Shea blowing his brains out by the sea. Bummer. Really a slow burn of an episode. But the perfect cap to what has been an absolutely awesome watching experience.

1883 has showed not only the trials of the trail, but also how those trials shaped people, made them stronger or made them go crazy. The trail definitely puts one’s character on full display throughout this season.

All in all it’s been an awesome viewing experience for each fan of 1883. The brutality of the Oregon Trail was entertaining to watch. Following that finale, I don’t know if we will see this generation of the Duttons again, as 2 of our show’s 4 main characters is dead. Paramount has confirmed “1932” is coming out focusing on the Duttons during the great depression and prohibition. Seeing a Dutton moonshining operation will be pretty awesome to watch. I’m definitely here for it.

R.I.P. Elsa

Here’s to 1932 this fall!

“1883” Thoughts on episode 7, “Yellow Lightning Hair”

I fully expected this episode, being number 7 and all, to be a pretty tame filler episode. The start of this episode pointed towards this absolutely being the case. Boy, once it got going, this episode STAYED GOING! So I just want to post here weekly my thoughts following each episode of Paramount+ exclusive “1883”

First major thought of this episode is Elsa needs to slow her roll and maybe take a little chastity break. She is losing it, her emotions be all over the place. Throwing vibes to each and every hombre that comes across our intrepid travelers. She may want to slow down, Eeevvveeerrryyyybbboooodddyyyyy knows how quickly gossip can spread throughout a wagon train. Tale as ol’ as time right there.

That tornado absolutely truck sticked the wagons. So insane how wind can just shred through stuff that easily. I have been bitching about that break in the release of these episodes. I’m wondering if the devastation in Kentucky following those tornadoes led to Paramount delaying the release so this episode in which several lives are decimated by a twister was played so quickly following the terrible aftermath of the Kentucky Tornadoes.

If you didn’t notice that is the same actor from Yellowstone. Pretty awesome that they can show that his lineage came across the Dutton’s lineage even miles and miles away from where the events of “Yellowstone” take place in the present of this shows universe. His character really stepped up to the plate, even with Elsa being so emotional unhinged it seems this guy plays it cool. That’s really the extent of my thought. This native american cat was one cool SOB. Absolutely swoops in to save the girl from dirty ol’ bandits, save the day, and ride off to slay some more tail down the road I guess.

All in all, great episode here!

When Sam says “So I Killed him and took it”. Chills People. Chills.

-Burke

Netflix’s “Murderville”, a weird and sometimes uncomfortable exercise in improv

I had no expectations going into this one. Based on the photos alone, I was in. I stan Will Arnett. “Flaked” on Netflix was cut at the knees far too soon. But, based on the photos and not seeing a single trailer I had assumed it was just a murder mystery sitcom. BBBBOOOOYYYYY was I wrong. What I thought was a typical formulaic sitcom was actually a wild improv exercise 6 episodes long.

The show follows a single case each episode centered on Will Arnett’s detective character, Terry Seattle. Seattle takes on a different celebrity partner in each of the six episodes. The kicker is that the guest has no access to a script and must improv their way through the whole episode while simultaneously solving the murder themselves at the end of each episode.

While, I don’t know if what I was watching was entertaining, I have to say I didn’t look away. It’s not that I couldn’t, I just didn’t have anything else going on and this was able to keep my attention enough I suppose. Where the show fails is when certain guests are unable to buy into the improv and the ridiculous situations presented. There are times when the guest really drops the improv ball, and when that happens the entire show loses its tempo and just becomes a bizarre viewing experience.

Have to say Marshawn Lynch really held his own in that second episode. He came to play and him having fun definitely translates.

If you’ve got absolutely nothing else to watch. Murderville is entertaining enough. Just go to the episode list and select a guest that you think you may enjoy. Otherwise, it really ain’t anything special.

-Burke

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