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Return to Lonesome Dove is an American Western drama television miniseries that was released in 1993. It is based on the novel ''Streets of Laredo'' written by Larry McMurtry in 1993. It is a follow-up to McMurtry's earlier novel ''Lonesome Dove'' that inspired a highly successful miniseries in 1989. Six years after the success of the first series, the sequel aired, which went on to become one of the top-rated shows on TV.
Return to Lonesome Dove follows the story of Woodrow F. Call (played by Jon Voight), a retired captain of Texas Rangers, who is drawn out of retirement to take part in one last cattle drive to Montana. The story is set in the year 1896, a time when the American West was in its dying phase, and civilization was spreading rapidly. Call, accompanied by his trusted friend, the charismatic Albert Ketchum (played by Rick Schroder), heads out on a mission to Montana to claim a herd of 1,500 cattle reportedly worth more than a million dollars.
As the journey begins, it becomes evident that the trek is not just about driving cattle but also about the personal battles of the two protagonists, accompanied by a cast of unforgettable characters. Along the way, Call and Ketchum must face the harsh realities of the late 19th century and come to terms with their own demons, rekindling old rivalries with former comrades and confronting new obstacles, including bandits and enemies from their past.
The core theme of the show is the passing of the Old West into modern times, replaced gradually by the rise of the industrial society. Return to Lonesome Dove explores this theme in different ways through the struggle of its main characters, who are trying to find a place in this changing world while also confronting their own sense of morality and honor. The story beautifully depicts the nostalgic longing for a bygone era and the need to adapt to a new world order.
The cinematography and direction of Return to Lonesome Dove are noteworthy. The broad sweeping plains, snow-capped mountains, and picturesque landscapes of the American West are captured stunningly. The camera movements and angles consistently keep the viewer engaged, as the action unfolds, creating a sense of beauty and awe.
The production design and costume department left no stone unturned in creating an environment that would take us back to the late 1800s. The sets were incredible, and the costumes were intricately detailed, immersing the audience in the world of the cowboys, outlaws, and lawmen of the West. The effort put into the details of the production is evident in every aspect of the series.
The performances of the cast are exceptional, with Jon Voight at the forefront, delivering a magnetic performance. Voight brings to life the character of Woodrow F. Call, who is both stoic and strong-willed but also compassionate and protective. He is matched by Rick Schroder's performance as Albert Ketchum, his loyal friend, who has a charm and wit that help him navigate through the challenges of the cattle drive. The supporting cast delivers excellent performances, creating a compelling and emotionally engaging storyline.
Return to Lonesome Dove is a compelling tale of adventure, friendship, and redemption. It is a beautifully crafted Western drama, exploring the human spirit and its unbreakable will to persevere through tough times and emerge victorious. The show provides an honest look into the conflicts that arose in the waning years of the American Western frontier, highlighting the loss of a way of life, and the reaction of those who saw the change happening before their eyes. With its compelling plot, excellent performances and brilliant visuals and designs, Return to Lonesome Dove is a must-watch series for anyone interested in American Westerns, history, and captivating storytelling.
Return to Lonesome Dove is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (4 episodes). The series first aired on November 14, 1993.