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Kennedy Unthank

TV Series Review

The Great Depression began in 1929. Unfortunately, no one told Montana to wait: The state’s gotten a head start.

In fact, the state’s been in the grips of depression ever since World War I wrapped up. While the rest of the country enjoys the “Roaring Twenties,” the ranchers in Montana are struggling to survive. Drought and locust infestations have caused the little remaining grass to be dried up and eaten, leaving little left for the thousands of grazing animals still needing food. Disease plagues the cattle who do find their cud. And even if that weren’t the case, the demand for agricultural products has fallen, meaning there’s less money in ranching anyway.

It’s left a lot of ranchers in a desperate situation, including Jacob Dutton, the surviving brother of 1883’s James Dutton and current owner of Yellowstone Dutton Ranch. He’s the state’s livestock commissioner, and his decisions during these trying times aren’t leaving everyone happy ranchers—particularly, Banner Creighton and his fellow shepherds, who feel that their sheep are being overshadowed in favor of cattlemen. If their sheep don’t get the grass they need, they’ll certainly die.

But the Creightons aren’t the only threats. Plenty of other players think that the decade is the perfect time to pounce on all the Duttons hold dear.

It’s enough to set the stage for a range war.

Where the Deer and the Antelope Fight to the Death

Paramount+’s 1923 is the sequel to 1883, both of which stand as prequels to Yellowstone. And two things remain constant throughout. First, the Dutton family owns its Montana ranch. And second, they’ll fight to the death for it.

For fans of the franchise, 1923 will be a welcome addition to their viewing repertoire—one that’ll give additional insight into the callous family business. The inclusion of Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren will certainly draw the attention of others, too.

But if its first episode (and its older counterparts) are any indication, we can also expect more or less the same that we’ve seen before: violence, nudity and foul language.

But you’ve heard it all in our previous reviews. We expect the content issues won’t change until the cows come home.

Episode Reviews

Dec. 18, 2022 – S1, Ep1: “1923”

Tensions rise between ranchers as they try to find enough grass for their livestock in drought-plagued and locust-infested Montana. Spencer Dutton hunts dangerous animals in Africa.

A woman references a “wh-re house.” Girls at a Catholic boarding school for Native Americans bathe, and we briefly see part of a girl’s rear. Jacob and his wife make crude talk about sex. Jacob’s grandnephew Jack kisses his fiancé, Elizabeth, prompting Elizabeth’s father to be upset that the two are kissing before they’re married. Jacob responds that “in my experience, Bob, when the first baby comes, you don’t want to be too picky with your math and a calendar.” Spencer urinates on the side of a tent (and we see the stream), and a woman urinates in the wilderness (and nothing is shown).

A man is shot twice and killed. Before he is shot the second time, he begs the woman not to kill him, saying she’ll go to hell if she does. Soldiers are shot and killed on a World War I battlefield. In the battle, someone is stuck with a bayonet, and another person has their head bashed in with a helmet. A person is attacked and killed by a leopard, and we see the resulting blood on her neck. A fistfight breaks out in a town hall.

Spencer shoots and kills a lion and a leopard. The corpses of a dozen cattle are seen decaying and covered in fleas.

In the Catholic boarding school, a nun repeatedly smacks Native American Teonna’s knuckles with a ruler until they are raw. This prompts Teonna to punch the nun many times in the face. The two of them arrive at Father Renaud’s office, where he whips the nun’s knuckles and Teonna’s rear as punishment, saying that though he has compassion, he has no mercy. Father Renaud forces the nun to recite 1 Corinthians 13:1 while he beats her. We later see the bloody scars on Teonna’s upper thighs. A man tells Jacob that “God owns the grass, and you’re no god.” Jack exclaims that “God ain’t made” a horse that can knock Jack off its back.

Women advocate for prohibition. “Don’t drink that devil’s drink,” one yells. A woman drinks alcohol. A man smokes a cigar.

The f-word is used three times. “H—,” “b–ch” and “b–tard” are also used a number of times. God’s name is abused four times, including once in the form of “g-dd–n.” Jesus’ name is abused once. Furthermore, the slurs “m-ck,” “paddy” and “jock” are thrown around at Irish or Scottish men, respectively. “Wh-re” is used once.

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Kennedy Unthank

Though he was born in Kansas, Kennedy Unthank studied journalism at the University of Missouri. He knew he wanted to write for a living when he won a contest for “best fantasy story” while in the 4th grade. What he didn’t know at the time, however, was that he was the only person to submit a story. Regardless, the seed was planted. Kennedy collects and plays board games in his free time, and he loves to talk about biblical apologetics and hermeneutics. He doesn’t think the ending of Lost was “that bad.”

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