Season 1, Episode 3: “A Damn Shame”
5. One of the most delightful aspects of A&E’s Western police drama “Longmire” is the open hostility to telephones.
4. “A Damn Shame” opens with our man Longmire (Robert Taylor) in a sweat lodge with his buddy Henry Standing Bear (Lou Diamond Phillips) when a phone rings, shattering the serenity of the meditation and warns, “Don’t bring that phone in here.”
3. The phone, of course, comes in as does this week’s mystery — a fire in a barn that kills a man and his horses that turns out predictably to be a complicated crime involving the mob, an insurance scam and a burning of a dead body.
2. “A Damn Shame” picks up considerably from the show’s downbeat second episode and succeeds on the taciturn dialogue offered by Taylor played off his more sarcastic colleagues Vic (Katee Sackhoff) and Branch (Bailey Chase).
1. “Longmire” offers at least one or two laugh-out-loud moments coupled with action and a kind of masculine tenderness that makes a person wish there were more Walt Longmires in this world.