In 2006, Deadwood might have been one of the greatest television series of all time.
…but as Slim Charles so bluntly put it, “The thing about the old days – they the old days.”
Deadwood can no longer compete. Its a dangling thread with little hope of getting a lockstitch. It isn’t the writers’ fault; they were probably going somewhere with the show (I hope). Case and point: Wyatt Earp appears in two episodes of the third season and does nothing. He mentions a logging contract but is gone almost as soon as he arrives. I don’t think someone as high profile as Wyatt Earp would make an appearance for no reason, and the a-ha moment could have been pretty cool, but unfortunately since the show was on the wrong side of the cancel-axe we’ll never know.
This isn’t to say I recommend watching Deadwood. The first season writeup of this show was skeptical, yet hopeful that the story would end in three seasons. It doesn’t. George Hearst rides the fuck out of Deadwood and the credits roll leaving a feeling of ‘…that’s it?’ in the air. To put that in perspective, would Breaking Bad still be great if it ended right after Jesse shot that one guy in the face? The answer is: probably not (although the show might have been better if it ended right after that one guy got blown up in that one place).
If you’re fiending for a critically acclaimed show that features actors that also appeared on Breaking Bad, veer away from the one with Anna Gunn (Deadwood) and watch the one with David Costabile (The Wire).
Usually I don’t do this but uh, go ahead break em off a little preview of the speed run:
In 2005, the sophomore slump was alive and well. More than a handful of TV shows had less than stellar second seasons, and Deadwood wasn’t immune to the pressure. If you were into a lot of the boring stuff that happened during the first two seasons of Boardwalk Empire, you might be into the second season of Deadwood. Season two had everything: kidney stones, anti-climactic weddings, horse-on-boy fatalities, etc.
Deadwood is the kind of show that makes you question whether people used the word ‘fuck’ in the 1800s (they did). It also makes you Google the word ‘celestial’ when used in a racial context.
Season four marks the first appearance of Bill’s Tennessee Williams-esque cousin Gilbert Fontaine De la Tour D’Haute Rive and he does not disappoint. While it doesn’t really make sense for Hank and company to go to New Orleans for a half-time contest featuring former Dallas Cowboy Don Meredith, all is forgiven when Gilbert tells Bobby that every gentleman should know the difference between velvet and velveteen.
Did you miss me little priests? Carcosa had to work the night shift mowing lawns this entire week. What’s worse is that I moonlight during the day painting houses/elementary schools. This means poor Carcosa barely has any time to do weird stuff on the internet because I’m too busy doing weird stuff in real life (you know what I’m talking about little priest). But have no fear: this week Carcosa brings you a double dose of the occult.
In The First of His Name, you may have been confused by the mixed signals GoT writers are sending about Jaime Lannister. That’s the work of yours truly little priest – Carcosa is responsible for all incestuous relations, no matter how quickly their perpetrators revert back to being noble. The Yellow King is also very much a fan of how Lysa Arryn casually drops a huge curveball about the death of her husband.
For those reasons, Carcosa gives The First of His Name two ‘yumms’ up for being deliciously evil.
The Laws of Gods and Men is a different story. Carcosa is not a fan of legal systems in general. If it were up to me, Tyrion would live a quiet life in a hoarder plantation house, free from the judging eyes of modern society. Unfortunately, it can’t be that way and things might not be the same again. Some viewers might even think nothing will be the same. Carcosa could spill the beans on some major deaths, but if there’s anything Carcosa hates more than the legal system, its spoilers.
Carcosa had a rough week. HBO stopped serving the area my plantation is in. As a result I had to cook a bowl of water moccasin jambalaya to offer to the dark lords and they shone down upon me great vigor along with their HBO GO username/pass.