Longmire: Tell it Slant.
October 23, 2016 11:12 AM - Season 2, Episode 6 - Subscribe

In classic Longmire fashion a murder investigation of a Cheyenne Psychic spiders out in numerous directions.

The title is a reference to Emily Dickson's poem "Tell all the truth but tell it slant"
Tell all the truth but tell it slant —
Success in Circuit lies
Too bright for our infirm Delight
The Truth's superb surprise
As Lightning to the Children eased
With explanation kind
The Truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind —
The same sentiment later expressed succinctly by Col. Jessep (Jack Nichelson) "You can't handle the Truth!"

Branch appears to be a much better man than his father. Something made plain by Barlow attempting to treat him as a puppet and him not having any of it. Nighthorse is also trying to play puppet master without much more success.

At one point Henry says that the last actual "contrary warrior" died in 1974. This sort of thing comes up several times in the series and I always wish there was more exposition about what makes an actual contrary warrior or why Aaron isn't one. Also I think the shiny apple moniker really hurts Henry.

I just figured out rewatching for this write up that the feedback problem that Branch created was timed because Branch knew what the next question was going to be.
posted by Mitheral (1 comment total)
That's a good observation on the feedback.

I think a contrary warrior has to be at least accepted as one, and he wasn't.

That the psychic was running an extortion racket, but based on inherited family knowledge, is a nice twist.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:42 AM on January 5, 2017

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