The trailer for the prequel spinoff of Yellowstone, 1923, has just released. The miniseries will feature Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren in the leading roles, where they will play the ancestors of the original show’s lead character, John Dutton.

This is the second prequel spinoff of the Western drama series. The earlier series, 1883, was set in the 19th century. Although the show’s producers had earlier announced that the new prequel would be titled 1932, they later decided to change the time to 1923.

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The 1920s were a watershed period in American as well as western history. The First World War had ended in 1919, which means that during 1923, the US and the west were still dealing with the fallout of the war. This was also the period of Prohibition, when alcohol was banned in the United States, but gangsters like Al Capone became wealthy by smuggling the same throughout the country.

The Great Depression is also another significant event that 1923 will most likely deal with. Montana was affected by the economic crisis almost a decade before other parts of the US, and the aftereffects of the same are likely to find a place in 1923’s narrative.

In a post-pandemic world, it is more pertinent to make a series about an earlier time when such a disaster had ravaged the world. And in the 1920s, the Spanish flu had spread across the planet, killing almost 50 million individuals. Among them, 675,000 Americans had also perished. Fans can expect to see the fallout from the Spanish flu in Montana in 1923, and how the Dutton family deals with the same.

Quentin Tarantino had once said that all westerns are greatly reflective of the decades in which they were made, and it remains to be seen whether 1923, despite dealing with problems of a century ago, can still reflect the human condition pertinent to 2022.

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The series’ official synopsis states, “1923 focuses on the Dutton family’s next two generations as they struggle to survive historic drought, lawlessness and prohibition, and an epidemic of cattle theft; all battled beneath the cloud of Montana’s great depression, which preceded the nation by almost a decade.”