Not killers (necessarily). I want people desperate or broken enough to shuck the rules and explore the variety of outcomes that their actions invite (alternately sweet and sour). I'm looking also for moral explorations - as opposed to moralizing - and human characters - as opposed to hollow tropes or broadly drawn cartoons. These are ideals that don't have to rule out pulpy or made for maximum entertainment value offerings either.
Solid cast - James Purefoy and Michael K. Williams have an easy chemistry and ground some of Joe Lansdale's more outrageous lines in human characters, less broadly drawn than some readings could suggest - you hear the punchlines coming (and they're funny), but they don't sound like jokes coming from the performers. Christina Hendricks too lends varying degrees of her steeliness and vulnerability to what could have been a two-note femme-fatale and frequent Jim Mickle project participant Bill Sage manages to make his hippy, both dippy and menacing - no easy feat.
So, looking forward to a second season in Lansdale land (first cycle was Savage Season... second is going to be Mucho Mojo I think). Big credit goes to producer/director/writers Mickle and E. L. Katz too for setting tone and table for maximum pleasure as both have done in their film efforts.
my best of the year list - Mickle's first take on Lansdale material Cold in July and Katz's feature debut Cheap Thrills were expert manipulations of tone and exercises in expert timing.