Picks and Pans Review: Comanche Moon

updated 01/21/2008 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/21/2008 AT 01:00 AM EST

CBS, Jan. 13, 15 and 16, 9 p.m. ET |

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A six-hour prequel to Lonesome Dove, Comanche Moon is a staid but dignified Old West ramble: Buffalo Hump and his tribe are on the warpath, rangers are on their trail, and time's epic sweep carries them all along as if they were saddled up on a giant invisible horsie. The best performances are from Linda Cardellini, Melanie Lynskey and Elizabeth Banks as noble townswomen waiting for them menfolk to come to their senses. The weirdest are Val Kilmer as a Yankee captain with a distractingly voluminous mustache and Rachel Griffiths as his sexually voracious wife. Both seem to be having camp fun, but the experience is like watching Johnny Depp play Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara.

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