Deliverance Creek made its debut on Lifetime last night with gunshots, outlaws, slaves, fierce leading ladies and two hours of good TV entertainment. Penned by Nicholas Sparks, written by Melissa Carter (Jane by Design) and presented as a television event, the TV Movie (which I feel) served also as a pilot, has left the gate wide open for a possible series. I’ve heard that there were some complaints that the ending left too many unanswered question. I don’t really know about that. At the end of the almost two hours, I felt it made a full-circle with the character’s arcs and motivations. The only (really) unanswered question is “When will we see the next episode”.
The episode is available on iTunes
My Review ****1/2.
PS: One thing that makes me think that soon there will be an announcement about the full series is that there are some pictures released that describe events not shown during the show last night. Keeping my fingers crossed. 😉 😉 😉
It’s Kansas and it’s 1863, two years into the Civil War. The opening scene – that of an aftermath of a massacre – is short and quick. More blood is spilled on the arrival of Jasper Gatlin (Christopher Backus) and his gang of outlaws as Life has known violence and violence’s grown like bad weed on all houses and characters.
On her ranch, Belle Barlowe, a tough-uped farmer, mother of three and former owner of slaves, whose husband is presumed dead in battle, is no shy from taking the gun into her own hand and defend herself when the good for nothing banker neighbor mass a pass at her. That parts rather quickly from the angelic protagonists of Lifetime series, and to all indications it is for the best. Belle is no flower – as the name would suggest -, but a woman with a mind of her own, “Tongues wag no matter what I do,” she says.
Belle also hides secrets – a current lover, Sheriff Nate, and later on as we will find out a former sweetheart, now part of her brother’s gang of rouges and who will have to face a life-changing secret. Television, as we’ve known it lately, has proposed flawed characters, but at the same time most humane. Lauren Ambrose works extremely well with her character’s emotions and twist’n’ turns making Belle not “sympathetic” in a traditional way, but “understandable”, especially when she seeks revenge after tragedy stops at her door.
Skeet Ulrich – whom I haven’t seen in a while – passed almost unnoticed, playing the part of the business-oriented saloon owner Duke, who’s part of a group helping slaves flee Kansas. I imagine not from altruistic reasons. In case of a full season order, we will see more of him I imagine.