FX has a new dark comedy called Reservation Dogs, premiering on August 9, 2021. Reservation Dogs follows a group of Indigenous teenagers in Oklahoma, who appear to spend a fair bit of their time getting in, and out of trouble. The show is co-created by Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi. Harjo is Native American and raised in Oklahoma. Taika Waititi has recently come to prominence in the US on the heels of Thor: Ragnorak and Jojo Rabbit. The series will kick off with two episodes on premiere night and release weekly from there. Here’s why I’m excited about the show.
I’m basing this off just the trailer, but historically Taika Waititi trailers do the final product justice. I got two particular vibes when watching the trailer. The first being a “reverse Fargo” feeling. When FX rolled out the show Fargo, it was a crime drama with a bunch of dark humor rolled in. Reservation Dogs seems like it’s going to be the inverse of that, a dark comedy with crime drama littered in. The other vibe I got was an “if Letterkenny only focused on the Natives” one. I really enjoyed it when the show ventured over to the Rez, and it looks like we are getting a grittier version.
In reading the bios for the cast, it looks like they made certain to cast Indigenous actors. The primary cast of teens looks promising. Based on the trailer, I’m going to enjoy their banter. Zahn McClarnon has played some badass Native characters in the last few years; Hanzee in Fargo and Akecheta in Westworld. I’m most excited to see Lil Mike and FunnyBone. They have a swag and personality about them that I can’t wait to see on the screen. They probably look familiar, they surprised many with their performances on America’s Got Talent in 2013. Watch the clip of their audition below and check out how quick and witty they are with their replies and stage presence. And that’s with Howard Stern giving them suboptimal material to work with. They are going to shine in Reservation Dogs. Breakout star alert in full effect.
The show was shot on location throughout Oklahoma. I’m excited about a more raw experience seeing the areas that creator Sterlin Harjo grew up in and around. He will be able to mine the background for everything it has to offer and I’m here for it. Adding in the attention to detail in the casting, and Taika Waititi’s history of casting native peoples for native stories, this should be a slam dunk.
As I’ve made painfully clear, I can’t wait for this show to hit the air. I love dark comedies and dynamic casts and Reservation Dogs appears to have those boxes checked in permanent marker. Y’all slept on What We Do in the Shadows, were late to Wellington Paranormal, and way too many don’t even know about Boy or Hunt for the Wilderpeople. Be there on the ground floor for Reservation Dogs. The only question for me is how long will it take for our first Reservoir Dogs reference?
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