Is it any surprise that -- for many in our nation -- the lone, military sniper has attained an almost mythic status in which “one shot, one kill” is celebrated as the pinnacle of martial ardor and achievement? After all, gun ownership is often equated with patriotism, freedom and independence. Indeed, look no further than the multi-award winning 2014 film, “American Sniper,” which celebrates the heroic efforts (and tribulations) of Chris Kyle, one of the most lethal snipers in our nation’s history.
With a title like “Queen of the South,” you could almost imagine USA’s second year drama as some sort of western adventure series about a side-paddle steamer plying its trade up and down the Mississippi. There was in fact such a show in 1960 called, “Riverboat,” starring Darren McGavin and (a young) Burt Reynolds.