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In my film reviews, I start with the benchmark of five stars and then deduct half or one point if the film falls short in any of the following categories: · Storyline · Screenplay · Acting · Direction · Character Arcs

The reviews are my opinions alone.

AI rendition of Bass Reeves in a gunfight in the Wild West
Bass Reeves: Gunfight (Image: Chat GPT Dall-E)

Plot Overview:

"Lawmen: Bass Reeves—Season 1" on Paramount+ delivers another gripping episode with Part 3, continuing the saga of Bass Reeves (played by David Oyelowo). This episode marks a significant turning point as Bass is sworn in as Deputy US Marshal and embarks on his first mission: capturing the notorious outlaw Billy Crow.

Amidst this high-stakes adventure, the personal lives of Bass and his family add layers of emotional depth, with Jennie Reeves on the brink of childbirth and daughter Sally experiencing young love.

Cast Highlights

David Oyelowo still shines as Bass Reeves, supported by a superb cast including Lauren E. Banks, Demi Singleton, Donald Sutherland, Garrett Hedlund, and Forrest Goodluck. Their collective performances bring depth and authenticity to this historical narrative.

Behind-the-Scenes Trivia

In preparation for his role, David Oyelowo devoted a year to learning horse riding, showcasing his dedication to portraying Bass Reeves authentically. The contrast between Reeves's real-life height of 6' 2" and Oyelowo's 5' 8" adds another dynamic to Oyelowo's performance.


Part 3 unveils the multi-dimensional character of Bass Reeves: his unwavering integrity, love of family, courage, and subtle humor. The episode brilliantly showcases Bass's legendary marksmanship, a skill pivotal to his real-life success as a peace officer. While the episode excels in pacing and action, it could benefit from more depth in showing Bass's detective skills and thought processes, offering room for additional intrigue.


• Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

• Storyline: Emotionally stirring and engaging, with room for more detailed sequences.

• Screenplay: Articulate and impactful.

• Acting: Outstanding performances throughout.

• Direction: Visionary and flawlessly executed.

• Character Arcs: Deeply and intricately developed.

Bottom Line

"Lawmen: Bass Reeves—Part 3" is an exceptional series continuation, offering a captivating blend of historical narrative and personal drama. David Oyelowo's portrayal of Bass Reeves is extraordinary, making this series an essential watch for anyone interested in a pivotal chapter of American history.

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