Dark Winds Season 1 (2022)
Director: Chris Eyre (Eps 1, 2, 5, 6), Sanford Bookstaver (Eps 3, 4)
Teleplay by: Graham Roland (Ep 1), Anthony Florez (Ep 2), Maya Rose Dittloff & Razelle Benally (Ep 3), Billy Luther (Ep 4), Erica Tremblay (Ep 5), Maya Rose Dittloff (Ep 6) // Based on the Leaphorn & Chee novels by Tony Hillerman
Starring: Zahn McClarnon, Kiowa Gordon, Jessica Matten, Deanna Allison, Noah Emmerich, Eugene Brave Rock and Rainn Wilson
The Overview: Beware of spoilers…
Sheriff Joe Leaphorn (McClarnon) and his Deputy, Bernadette Manuelito (Matten) are the law for the whole Navajo reservation. When bank robbers make their escape in a helicopter are last seen flying over the reservation, FBI Agent Whitover (Emmerich) is sent in. Leaphorn and Whitover don’t like each other, but have worked together in the past to resolve cases.
A new Deputy, Jim Chee (Gordon) joins the team. Chee is a college educated officer who left the reservation to better himself. Leaphorn is unaware that Chee is actually an FBI agent sent undercover by Agent Whitover to keep him informed of the investigation. As Leaphorn, Manuelito and Chee follow the clues, it appears that members of the Buffalo Society, a group of Navajo radicals may be involved in the bank robbery. And Chee isn’t the only person who isn’t what he/she seams…
Dark Winds provides a good mystery in a setting that we don’t see too often. There is a feeling of respect and authenticity to Navajos due to the writers all being Native American. I was happy to see that Dark Winds was renewed for Season 2. Dark Winds Season 1 rates 4 of 5 stars.