Director Blackhorse Low’s Vision: Crafting Cheese and Transforming Big’s Character Arc in ‘Reservation Dogs’
In the world of television, few shows have captured the hearts of audiences and critics alike as effectively as FX’s hit series ‘Reservation Dogs.’ Known for its unique portrayal of Indigenous youth in rural Oklahoma, the show has been praised for its authentic storytelling, compelling characters, and sharp humor. Behind the scenes, director Blackhorse Low has been an integral part of bringing this world to life, and recently, he shared some insights into his creative process and the evolution of one of the series’ most intriguing characters, Big.
Low, who hails from the Seminole Nation and has garnered acclaim for his work on ‘Reservation Dogs,’ opened up about the show’s unconventional approach to storytelling. One aspect that sets the series apart is its focus on the little things in life, even cheese. Low stated, “We wanted to portray the everyday experiences of these characters in a way that resonates with our audience. Cheese, for instance, is not just a prop but a symbol of comfort, a reminder of the familiar amidst the chaos of their lives. It’s about finding joy in the small things.”
The attention to detail and the cultural nuances depicted in ‘Reservation Dogs’ have not only delighted viewers but have also struck a chord with Native American communities. Low emphasized the importance of authenticity in storytelling, stating, “We’re telling stories that matter to our community. It’s essential to have Native voices in the room, making sure the portrayal is accurate and respectful.”
One of the standout characters in the series is Big, portrayed by actor Paulina Alexis. Big’s character arc has been a fascinating journey to witness as she transforms from a tough, street-smart teenager into a more self-aware and compassionate individual. Low discussed the evolution of Big’s character, saying, “Big represents resilience and growth. We wanted to show that even in challenging circumstances, people can change and grow. It’s a tribute to the strength of Indigenous youth.”
Fans of ‘Reservation Dogs’ have indeed watched Big’s character evolve throughout the series, touching on themes of friendship, family, and the struggle to break free from the cycle of poverty. Low praised Paulina Alexis for her portrayal, stating, “Paulina brings so much depth and authenticity to Big. She’s a phenomenal talent, and her dedication to the character shines through in every scene.”
As ‘Reservation Dogs’ continues to captivate audiences with its refreshing storytelling and memorable characters, Blackhorse Low’s commitment to authenticity and the development of characters like Big only serve to reinforce the show’s impact on both Indigenous and non-Indigenous viewers alike. With each episode, the series cements its place in television history as an essential and groundbreaking work of art.