Link: The strangeness of Strange Empire is its brilliance

From John Doyle:

The thing about Strange Empire (CBC, 9 p.m.), which continues to blast along exultantly, is that it sets out to upend expectations and at the same time is soft-hearted and gee-whiz good-natured.

Tonight’s powerful episode (directed by Anne Wheeler, written by Jackie May) has several key scenes and twists that more or less justify the on-screen warning of adult scenes, violence and so forth. Last week’s episode and tonight’s contain serious shifts in the narrative. In the hallucinatory-strange western outpost where events unfold, in 1869 somewhere in Alberta near the border with Montana, a woman, Kat (Cara Gee), is now the sheriff. Last week the dangerous buffoon Sheriff Little decided that in wanting himself a whore, he could view all the women there as whores. Continue reading.

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Prior to becoming a television critic and partner at TV, Eh?, Greg David was a critic for TV Guide Canada, the country's most trusted source for TV news. He has interviewed television actors, actresses and behind-the-scenes folks from countless programs. Survivor winners, Donald Trump, Jerry Bruckheimer ... he has interviewed (literally) hundreds of TV people over the course of his career. He is a past member of the Television Critics Association.
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One thought on “Link: The strangeness of Strange Empire is its brilliance”

  1. I feel like the show has a lot of good moments but I find the `hallucinatory`or fantasy aspects kind of off-putting. I wish the show wasn`t so strange (yes, I realize the title, but I was hoping it was a different kind of strange they were going for). I was hoping for more of a raw historical-based drama type of show but instead the show is too artistic for my liking. I watch the show and it goes back and forth between scenes I really like and scenes that really annoy me. The show is also too feminist. The male characters are all one-dimensional. The Slotters are a major part of the problem for me with this show: Isabelle is ridiculous and John is too over-the-top. I will continue to watch the show throughout its run in hopes that it`ll get better but I just wish it would cut the bulltweed. I really enjoyed the first episode but since then I`ve only really liked 50% of the show.

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