CBC’s latest show is Strange Empire, a women-driven Western. Here’s the details:
STRANGE EMPIRE is a Western whose heroes are women. With most of their men gone, and those who remain battling for control, the women struggle to survive, to find their independence, and to build a life in which to thrive and raise families. As the stories of Janestown’s citizens unfold we see the clash between a power-hungry father and son and the deep prejudices among races, but also the start of something akin to community in this Wild West. Western stories take civilization as a goal; they begin in blood, and end in the morality of Main Street. Starring Cara Gee as Kat Loving, Melissa Farman as Dr. Rebecca Blithely and Tattiawna Jones as Isabelle Slotter.
I can’t remember the last time I was interested in a CBC show, but this one’s caught my attention. I was let down by the last few attempts at a Western TV show (Hell on Wheels, that means you) but I’ll give this one a chance. Also, female-centric Westerns are super trendy right now - The Keeping Room with Brit Marling premiered at TIFF this year, and Hilary Swank’s got The Homesmen coming out soon.
Anyway, check out the trailer above for Strange Empires. It’s got violence, mysticism and ladies kicking ass, and that’s enough for me to check out the pilot.