Review Reservation Dogs is the TV event of the year – Taika Waitit’s new series saves even the darkest autumn day

Combining drama and comedy, the main characters, screenwriters and directors of the Reservation Dogs TV series are indigenous people of the United States.

Already in August, Hulu streaming service in the United States started Taika Waititin and Sterling Harjon Reservation Dogs Fortunately, the series arrived in Finland relatively recently. The series created and produced by Waitit and Harjo, which we see on Disney +, is one of this year’s TV cases and something we haven’t seen before.

Quentin Tarantino the drama comedy, which plays to the name of its debut, tells the story of four teenage petty criminals who dream of getting out of Oklahoma’s Okmulgee Preserve.

All of the protagonists, screenwriters, and directors in the series are indigenous to the United States. Reservation Dogs’ humor and jokes also sink to the Finnish spectator, although there is obviously plenty of insider flaps involved. Only the stories that open to the representatives of the minority living in the reserve have been pushed in so that the Finnish pale face does not realize that he is missing something.

The series is guaranteed to entertain and touch at least anyone who likes the visual style and atmosphere of American indie films, a world from which directors and screenwriters strive. But digging into or knowing about indie films is no requirement to enjoy the series.

Reservation Dogs charms with its authenticity and the everyday life of the reservation, which also appears as a surreal place, but devoid of the white man’s Native American clichés. They are also treated, but self-ironically. Those in that minority themselves are allowed to show notched shamans or Indians of Hollywood movies burning a chimney just like having fun. A more important part of laughter for oneself is the universal growth story and the everyday worries of teenagers.

The protagonists of Reservation Dogs are four friends Bear (D’Pharoah Woon-A-Tai), Elora (Devery Jacobs), Willie Jack (Paulina Alexis) and Cheese (Lane Factor). They need money to make their dream of disappearing from Oklahoma to California.

The small town has become too distressing in the last year at the latest, when Daniel, a member of a group of friends, died. The series tells this right at the beginning, but does not specify the cause of death or is left to wander around the event that shocked young people. The culprit, however, is the reserve itself, which offers nothing to young people. They only make money by committing petty crimes.

There are plenty of problems and worries, but the series isn’t just about violence, drug use and sex. Reservation Dogs is different in style from many other teenage series from recent years aimed at adult viewers. Juniors don’t have a bright future, even though Oklahoma bathes in the bright summer sun. Still, there is much more to life than just horror. Even younger people can watch this series.

The days of the quartet are spent adjusting, fiddling, and adventuring. There is money to be made in logging a package carrying chips, but the escape trip by car itself is already a prize. Mandatory access to U.S. health care, in turn, is a trip you’d rather miss. The viewer is also entertained.

For episodes of just under half an hour, each always loosely focuses around a particular character. The series still jumps naturally from one person’s experiences in the community, and the effects of group dynamics on the individual. Friendships consider themselves criminal gangs, even though they don’t have guns. There is a smart and partly absurd humor that is akin to Waititi What We Do in the Shadows series for mixing. Reservation Dogs laughs with nonsense, but compared to the vampire series, it’s actually a lot more realistic.

Society forces protagonists to commit crimes, but they don’t want to do harm to the community and other residents. Heritage, relatives and her own land are more in the midst of all the shit than things to respect and protect. The members of the group know how to act together even when they are not committing crimes. Best of all, their different natures come to the fore in very mundane situations.

A melancholy vibe hovers over the place and the characters, but the series is anything but depressing. Joy is found in small things. The best humor is torn from the other residents of the reserve. There’s a slew of delicious side characters, like Bear’s rapper father and his mother, who sees in the mirror on their shoulders the devil and the angel lured in different directions.

Reservation Dogs does not try to laugh out loud, but to make the viewer smile in a good mood. The drama comedy also manages to be touching. The deplorable state of the youth world is portrayed as realistic, without the misery of miserable porn, but still unadorned.

There are a slew of veteran actors involved, who, of course, are all indigenous. In the third section, Elora’s uncle is presented, for example Dead Man – Yes First Cow familiar from movies Gary Farmer, whose character is quite unbridled. In all peace, the big hubby digging out the cloud he buried in the ground 20 years ago is a relaxed teddy bear that, if necessary, can beat 20 men alone in a tavern fight.

Also known to everyone Wes Studies spins in series. The name may say nothing, but the man who has appeared in countless movies is all recognized.

The series progresses on the terms of the characters and with them, each of whom brings something different to the gang dynamics. Willie Jack is the brain of the circle and Elora acts as a sort of moral compass. Cheese is determined by innocence and Bear is the leader, although others in his role benevolently laugh.

The lives of young people and other natives include trauma and historical horrors, but they do not define them as human beings. The natives understand the humor and can laugh at almost anything when needed. The characters are authentic, as of course all the screenwriters also belong to a minority. In addition to very strong self-ironic humor, white masks also play their part. Satire is superbly insightful, not malevolent. Smart wording sounds natural, but sometimes there is a little too much weight. The episodes are short, but still have time to breathe.

Reservation Dogs is partly surreal, but its story is true. The characters and the world of the series feel real down to the smallest detail. Nothing like this has been done before about the lives of Oklahoma natives. Reservation Dogs is a little miracle where centuries-olds get to say and present all aspects of their lives through humor and drama in exactly the way they want.

Fortunately, the series has already been ordered for another production season.

The first two episodes of Reservation Dogs came on Disney + today. New episodes are always seen on Wednesdays.

For those interested in the authors of the series and their backgrounds, I recommend Letterboxdin yesterday’s meritorious article.

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