Just wondering what other people here consider their favorite part(s) of this mini-series. My own top favorite part I think is the end "The Scream of Eagles" where Merle Haggard sings his song. Though the scenes of the cattle drive in "The Longhorns" are pretty good as well.
1) McKeag dancing. (Both times) 2) The RJ Poteet/Nacho exchange when they first meet. 3) Hans Brumbaugh walking through his fields with his hands out talking about the ditch. 4) Anytime Elly writes about their travels to Oregon. 5) Ol O D Cleaver stories. 6) Charlotte telling the judge off. 7) Paul Garrett's narration through the whole series. 8) Anytime Marcel Pasquinel spoke. (Funny thing .. as teenagers his and Jake's accents are absent and as adults it is very pronounced) 9) Sheriff Dumire's death with Phillip's confession. 10) Levi Zendt confronting Jake Pasquinel after he killed a young Arapaho. 11) Jim and Charlotte having picnics. 12) Charlotte's talk to Clemma that convinces her to leave Jim alone.
Actually Chris I think Jake killed a young Pawnee in that one scene. He tells Zendt not to let Pawnee on their land again, ever after that and threatens his life. Levi stands up to him by (in effect) calling Jake a coward since he has a dozen friends behind him to back his threat up.
Yep, and having stood his ground he gained Jake's respect as a man. It's funny isn't it. Even though it's just a mini-series filled with fictional characters discussion boards like these leave you feeling like you're discussing things that have happened to old friends. It's almost as if you could open an encyclopedia to the letter Z and look up Levi Zendt's bio on page X for example. The same sort of feeling you get (I think) when you discuss a mutually enjoyed book with someone else who has also read it.
The dancing scene was good. And of course it linked to McKeag trying to resolve things with Jake through dancing which led to his heart attack and death at Lucinda's wedding to Levi. There is a sort of a torch passing from one to the other and so on. Levi takes over for McKeag just as McKeag took over for Pasquinel. The generations link together like links in a chain.
Everyone of the scenes mentioned by Chris Meese I could say was a favorite. They were all so good... But one more I'd add is Zack leaving his Pennsylvania home, and how he picked up Elly along the way.
Most definately hated the snake scene and the massacre, but like in real life, bad things happen. That made the story even more real and special.
I was thinking about the snake scene the other day. This film means a lot more to me now that I am in my 30s. I found a great spiritual message in the snake scene. Levi finally feels his life is working out and he thanks God in prayer. At that very moment Elle is killed. Initially I thought how horrible this was. But God had a plan for Levi that involved bringing him to the west. Levi could have simply went alone and Elle may or may not have lived. However, she wouldn't have reached her full potential and would lived life with the stigma of being illegitimate. She lived several months of adventure that she documented which no doubt inspired generations. Her passing was sad but she left behind a rich record. Levi went on to live an amazing life and found a town.
I liked how Levi responded to Elly's question about shooting Ms. Kruger. He neither stated that he would or wouldn't only that in order to do so he'd have to reload first, and that it took the fastest man almost a full minute to do that. lol.
It was sad how Elly made her exit along with Levi's unborn child. You are left wondering if it would have been a boy or a girl.
I agree with all of you about favorite scenes, however, as an American Indian apologist, I have to rate as the most emotionally moving scene; the one when Michael Ansara as LAME BEAVER after reflecting on his teachings as a child, climbs to the top of the mountain, raises his arms to the heavens and exclaims "Man Above, I have done all that I can do."
Chris, I agree with you about Marcel Pasquinel speaking; it added a lot of flair to everything he said. I also thought it was odd that they didn't think of the continuity of the brothers' accents from teenagers to men. But Haley Mills portrayed teenaged American twins from two different areas of the country in the original "Parent Trap", yet spoke with her natural English accent, so I can only assume that things like that weren't considered as important years ago as they are today.
I have several favorite scenes, but among them are the times when Lame Beaver's uncle was teaching him. He used every opportunity to use the things around them as object lessons. I think the uncle was one of the true unsung heroes of this series.