AND GLORY ROAD
thought I would put these two together because they do
form a really quirky and off beat introduction to Laramie, for me at
Because I'm a normal mortal woman I obviously adore Stage Stop, and
love with both heroes. Glory Road bothered me the first time I saw it
bothered me even more thesecond. Roney is one scary character but it
great way to move the
Usually in those tough guy with the heart of gold roles, they prove how tough the guy is before they show the heart of gold but long before we know how tough Jess is we see just how kind he is to Andy and later to Slim when he chooses not to cause any more rifts between Andy and Slim by not letting Andy know he was friend who had gone to help. I did love Jonsey's line about Andy collecting a two legged critter to go with the rest of his menagerie which is a perfect reason for letting Jess in the house. After the way Slim rode after Jess, makes you wonder if Slim collected critters when he was a kid too.
There was some really nice foreshadowing, that these aren't two dimensional characters. Both Slim and Jess have a temper, that is no way connected to righteous wrath. Fireworks ahead. Yippee!!!! And its Jess who is playing safe, not taking on Carlin, and Slim being just a bit impetuous looking at the gun onthe table. A little bit of role reversal there. And a couple of lovely exchanges between Andy and Jess when Jess says he can't be domesticated. I wonder if he had noticed the apron in the kitchen yet. And Jess admitting he's lonely but saying if he got himself into trouble he would get himself out like he always did. This is NOT going to be good/badman comes to town and saves Slim and family on a regular basis character. Slim is going to get to do the saving, which immediately made me forgive him for being such a stinker to Jess when he first met him and makes the dust up the two start to have more amusing. Jess does not know he's about to get domesticated (sort of) and Slim does not know he's about to spend a good part of his life saving Jess.
in love with Slim!!! I have to admit it was not
until the last punch when he let Carlin have it that I really fell in
Slim, that and the way he just looks at Jess when Jess is trying to
reasons not to stay. We know from the look on Slim's face before Jess
that there isn't a hope in
After reading about Crazy Horse it was good to see he got into character very early. There is a bit where Slim is about to let him loose and Crazy Horse's ears go flat back at John Smith, like he wants to have a good snap, and an unscripted leap in the air across a road when Slim is chasing the stage which could have ended in a rather undignified parting of the ways.
Anyway it was just about a perfect introduction, and teaser for what was to come.
Right at the beginning, Jess and Slim are NOT best buddies. It looks a bit like Slim is having some serious doubts about Jess, and maybe a bit of jealousy as well. Slim's working and Jess is drinking coffee and being with Andy. There seems to be a lot of Jess being a hurt puppy dog in this episode. He looks seriously kicked when Slim goes off at him for getting Andy to lie. And Slim looks seriously angry and confused that Jess would do it. They definitely have not reached implicitly trusting each other stage.
And that gets even deeper when Jess rides off with Roney and Miss Essie. When Slim walks down that road, the look between him and Jess says everything. Jess who is as we find out just going to protect Andy looks so hurt that Slim is accepting him going, and Slim looks soooooooooooo betrayed that Jess would just go.
I love that Jonsey works out what Jess is doing and why he left from almost the minute he realised Roney is what in Australia we call several sandwiches short of a picnic. And Jonsey is at ease with Jess. No angst there at all. Just friends. I wonder if some of Jess's real fear of being around Roney is that he works out early that Roney is so crazy that in the end someone will have to "put him down" and if Jess is around it will end up him doing it. He acts like someone being sucked into something they don't want to do.
the way the last couple of scenes really push the
family coming together. When Jonsey and Slim and Andy come in the
is really looking more puppy dog expecting to get kicked than ever.
way after Andy runs to him, you see his hand twisting anxiously on
at the back, so hard he looks like he may rip it, but Slim can't see
watching Slim's reaction. And then Jess is trying far too hard to make
piano a family thing, still watching Slim's reaction.