Reservation Dogs Trailer: This Is Native Land
Why, it seems like just last week that I was rhapsodizing about the power of Zahn McClarnon. That’s because it was just last week. While I haven’t read any of the books that inspired the series, I have a feeling that his cop character on Dark Winds on AMC will be a lot more competent than the cop character he’s playing in the Reservation Dogs trailer. So let’s scream about him and this new Native-led series coming to FX on Hulu.
Reservation Dogs Trailer Shows a World Most Viewers Don’t Know
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As I mentioned when I first wrote about the series, the show follows four Indigenous teenagers. D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai, Devery Jacobs, Paulina Alexis, and Lane Factor play the quartet, who live in rural Oklahoma. They’re not bad kids, not really, but there’s little opportunity where they live. Perhaps unsurprisingly then, they turn to petty crime. In an attempt to make it out of Oklahoma, they steal stuff.
A year before we meet them, the fifth member of their crew died. So they’re trying to make enough money so they can carry out his dream of moving to California. They just have to evade dangers like lawman Lighthorseman Big (McClarnon), as well as another gang that Jackie (Elva Guerra) leads. The show was filmed on location in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, the historic home of the Muscogee Nation. Along with an Indigenous cast, the writers room is also Native. Again, I clap my hands with glee.
And the trailer looks great. It’s got the humor that we’ve come to expect from Waititi’s work with a distinctly American Native twist. To that end, we see cameos from Indigenous luminaries like Wes Studi, Dallas Goldtooth, and the inimitable rappers, Lil Mike and Funny Bone.
But you can see it all for yourself below.
Reservation Dogs will stream exclusively through FX on Hulu, starting August 9 with two episodes, “F*ckin’ Rez Dogs” and “NDN Clinic.”
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Salomé Gonstad is a freelance writer who grew up in the swampy wilds of south Alabama. When she's not yelling about pop culture on the internet, she's working on a supernatural thriller about her hometown. Also, we're pretty sure she's a werewolf. Email her at [email protected]