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Dark Winds is a new(-ish) show on AMC (cable) and AMC+ (streaming). It started just a few weeks ago. The episodes debut on AMC+ on Sundays, and a week later on AMC. It's based on the Leaphorn & Chee series by Tony Hillerman. Robert Redford and George R.R. Martin are Executive Producers.

I've not read any of the books (nor seen previous adaptations), but I'm enjoying it quite a bit. My wife is a big fan of the books (and the continuations by the late Hillerman's daughter) and she's enjoying it, too. The mystery is intriguing, and the cast is solid, especially Zahn McClarnon -- who I'm familiar with from Fargo, Longmire, and Westworld -- as Leaphorn. There are six episodes for this season, and they've apparently already ordered a second season.

Anyone else watching?
 

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I had first thought it was exclusively on AMC+, but then I saw a listing for it. Luckily I was able to get the first episode On Demand and set my DVR to record the series from there.

While I was watching it had a familiar feel. I then looked it up and saw there was an adaptation on PBS in 2002 of some of the same books. The series there was "Skinwalkers: The Navajo Mysteries." Anyway, looking forward to seeing how this first 6-episode series develops. It has been good so far.
 

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There was also a previous Leaphorn/Chee film released in the early 1990s: The Dark Wind, adapted from the novel of the same title. It also had Robert Redford as a producer, and Errol Morris(!) as director. I haven't seen it, but I've heard nothing good about it. My wife has seen it, and she thought it was awful. It had Lou Diamond Phillips as Jim Chee, which I think was probably a good choice at that point in time. But Leaphorn was played by Fred Ward (WTF?!)
 

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We're enjoying "Dark Winds". Having read all of Hillerman's books, this new series feels less authentic than the previous films. The previous films were: "A Thief of Time", "Skinwalkers," and Coyote Waits", all of which were excellent and starred Wes Studi as Leaphorn and Adam Beach as Chee. Graham Greene also starred.

"Dark Wind" starred Lou Diamond Phillips as Chee and Fred Ward as Leaphorn. Gary Farmer also starred. This film is very interesting. I read that the Hopi tribe had issues with the way ceremonies were portrayed. Post production was not finished, and this shows in the film, which is, however, still watchable and well photographed (as are the other films).

The current "Dark Winds" is not filmed in the Navajo Nation and apparently the Native actors, as good as they are, were not coached properly in the Navajo language. A burial sequence is not authentic, costuming is not accurate, and talk of witchcraft would not be bandied about as casually as it is in the series. You could say that this was filmed for a white audience, not a Native audience. The scenery (along the Rio Grande puebloes) is outstanding, the story telling drawn out. But I'm still glad it is being filmed. Tony Hillerman and his daughter's books are outstanding. It's a beginning.
 

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I thought that Rainn Wilson was listed as starring in it, but I did not spot him in Episode 1, he was in a brief advertisement on a TV in Episode 2, but in Episode 3 he appears in the opening sequence. I guess he will be more prominent in the remaining episodes.
 

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Just saw last night's finale on AMC. It was a good one. Nice series. I hope there will be more.

I think Rainn Wilson only had one real scene that wasn't part of an opening sequence. Maybe 10 minutes total for the whole series? He really was in the show a lot less than I expected for his billing.
 

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What happened to "Listening Woman". That is the book the series was based on. Episode One began with her as a blind witness to the murder. But by the end of the series, she was not even mentioned. Disappointed here.
 

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What happened to "Listening Woman". That is the book the series was based on. Episode One began with her as a blind witness to the murder. But by the end of the series, she was not even mentioned. Disappointed here.
Bernadette got key information from her in Episode 5 which basically wrapped up her part of the plot.
 

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