In part one of Comanche Moon, we saw Indians as thieves, torturers, and killers. In part two, it gets worse.
Buffalo Hump (Wes Studi) leads 600 warriors in an assault on Austin, Texas. The Indians wield spears, hatchets, bows and arrows, and clubs but no guns. I guess they're not bright enough to realize a gun is generally superior to a hatchet or club.
Fortunately, the townspeople are just as stupid as the Indians. Rather than retreat indoors, where they'd be safe from Indian attacks, they run out into the street. Thus, there's a perfect confluence of Indians with inferior weapons meeting whites with inferior instincts.
Scalping and raping
I don't know if Comanches scalped people, but of course one scalps a white man here. Worse, Blue Duck (Adam Beach) rapes a white woman in the middle of the street. Apparently, his lusts are so bestial that he can't control himself. He doesn't care if anyone sees him, or if the people shooting around him put a bullet in his back. When an animal feels the urge to rut, it--I mean he--acts on it no matter what.
No, wait...that's an insult to animals. Even animals have courtship rituals. They mate only when the time and place are right. So these Comanches are lower than animals. They're demons out of hell.
I say the rape is worse than murder because that's what Pearl the victim thinks. "They done me," she says. "I'm ruined." Confirming the point, her husband hangs himself in shame. (Of course, Pearl goes on to live a productive life in part 3, but never mind.)
Beware the land shark
Other than this, the Indians don't have much to do in part 2. As with Westerns such as Into the West, they're irrelevant to the main story. They aren't real characters, they're props. They exist only to provide a colorful change of scenery.
But the most ludicrous bit of part 2 belongs to Gus McCrae. When he sees an animal wallowing on a river bank, he fears it's a "land shark." It turns out to be a large "blue" pig.
Yeah, I'm sure the first image that would come to the mind of a Texas cowboy on the dusty plains is a shark. Not a giant squid or a killer whale, of course, because that would ridiculous. No doubt Gus was watching reruns of Saturday Night Live at the time.
Rob's rating for part two: 6.5 of 10.