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« on: December 29, 2008, 05:21:45 PM »

So, I got very little for Christmas this year.  But my favorite gift was that someone in my family was intelligent enough to take advantage of the BestBuy deal and pickup Deadwood: Season One for me.

I have watched the first two episodes so far.  It's extremely engaging.  I'm glad I listened to the nudging of GT forum members again (like I did with Firefly).  Unless the show takes a major shit between episode 3 and the end of the season, it was a fantastic thing to ask for.

So just like I did with the Firefly thread, I want to thank our awesome forum members (well, the ones that liked Deadwood that is) for the awesome recommendation.

You guys rock.
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« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2008, 05:23:33 PM »

you must now work the phrase 'cocksucking hoople head' into at least one of every three posts that you make for the next month.
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« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2008, 07:47:16 PM »

Is this on blu ray?  I might netflix it if it comes to BR.
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« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2008, 09:53:55 PM »

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Unless the show takes a major shit between episode 3 and the end of the season, it was a fantastic thing to ask for.

Nope. I found the show thoroughly engaging from first episode to last. The only disappointment is that it was cancelled. Like Carnivale, it was a masterful show that was cut down way too soon.
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« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2008, 09:57:14 PM »

Deadwood rocks from beginning to end. Awesome show.
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« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2008, 09:58:33 PM »

I sometimes find myself crying out in my sleep for Mr. Wu....


God, I miss that lovable, homicidal slave trader.
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« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2008, 01:06:18 AM »

Solid series, but not one of the best that has been on cable or even on HBO.  I thought the ending was a terrible disappointment and there were so many potential stories to be told.  If only the 2 hr movie could have been made to bring closure.

'Swenjin' is one of the best villains ever portrayed on TV, imo.
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« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2008, 01:50:36 AM »

Simply my favoritie show ever. HBO Cocksuckers, damn you for shorting this series. The equally ill cut short Rome & Sopranos are Deadwood's only near competition for me. 

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« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2008, 02:35:57 AM »

I didn't enjoy season 2 as much as the 1st, but 3 is decent. Still one of the best shows on TV IMO. Still really bitter for HBO not even giving us the movie.
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« Reply #9 on: December 30, 2008, 02:47:08 AM »

Finished episodes 3 and 4 tonight.  Holy Crap.

A lot of stuff happens in each of these episodes. 
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« Reply #10 on: December 30, 2008, 02:48:06 AM »

Quote from: Lockdown on December 30, 2008, 02:47:08 AM

Finished episodes 3 and 4 tonight.  Holy Crap.

A lot of stuff happens in each of these episodes. 


I know you'll want to pound through them, but try to space them out. That's all there is...
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« Reply #11 on: December 30, 2008, 03:16:19 AM »

Since I rarely post these days, let me get the cocksucking hoople head out of the way...

Oh, and it's all really good, IMO.
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« Reply #12 on: December 30, 2008, 03:27:54 AM »

We started watching this a couple weeks ago and have finished Season One and are through the first disc of Season 2.  It's a great show.  I especially love Calamity Jane, the Preacher and Sol Star.
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« Reply #13 on: December 30, 2008, 03:39:55 AM »

Quote from: warning on December 30, 2008, 03:27:54 AM

I especially love Calamity Jane, the Preacher

My favorite moment of the entire series involves the preacher.  I think you'll probably know it when you see it.  It's an amazing moment on that show.
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« Reply #14 on: December 30, 2008, 06:21:14 AM »

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on December 30, 2008, 03:39:55 AM

Quote from: warning on December 30, 2008, 03:27:54 AM

I especially love Calamity Jane, the Preacher

My favorite moment of the entire series involves the preacher.  I think you'll probably know it when you see it.  It's an amazing moment on that show.

Spoiler for Hiden:
When Al Swearengen performs the "mercy" killing on him?
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« Reply #15 on: December 30, 2008, 06:25:22 AM »

Quote from: warning on December 30, 2008, 06:21:14 AM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on December 30, 2008, 03:39:55 AM

Quote from: warning on December 30, 2008, 03:27:54 AM

I especially love Calamity Jane, the Preacher

My favorite moment of the entire series involves the preacher.  I think you'll probably know it when you see it.  It's an amazing moment on that show.

Spoiler for Hiden:
When Al Swearengen performs the "mercy" killing on him?

Been trying to figure out what he meant too. There are some great moments and he is one of the most likable characters in the show, but I don't know what SL is referring to.
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« Reply #16 on: December 30, 2008, 02:24:13 PM »

Quote from: warning on December 30, 2008, 03:27:54 AM

We started watching this a couple weeks ago and have finished Season One and are through the first disc of Season 2.  It's a great show.  I especially love Calamity Jane, the Preacher and Sol Star.

Just realized I made your signature Warning....hehe...cocksucking hoople head spammers....
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« Reply #17 on: December 30, 2008, 03:05:20 PM »

Quote from: Lee on December 30, 2008, 06:25:22 AM

Quote from: warning on December 30, 2008, 06:21:14 AM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on December 30, 2008, 03:39:55 AM

Quote from: warning on December 30, 2008, 03:27:54 AM

I especially love Calamity Jane, the Preacher

My favorite moment of the entire series involves the preacher.  I think you'll probably know it when you see it.  It's an amazing moment on that show.

Spoiler for Hiden:
When Al Swearengen performs the "mercy" killing on him?

Been trying to figure out what he meant too. There are some great moments and he is one of the most likable characters in the show, but I don't know what SL is referring to.



Spoiler for Hiden:
That's it.  That whole episode really was some amazing character development for Al.  There's a beautiful moment where the preacher is evangelizing a cow and he looks up and waves to Al. Al is very moved by the pitiful scene. 

That whole story arc showed how wrenched he was on the inside as he watched the deterioration of someone who, inspite of himself, he was very fond of.

The mercy killing itself was the high point of the show for me.  The way they shot that moment, Al's voice track 'go home brother' or words to that effect and the look he gives trixie after coming out of the room was very moving to me.  They did a lot of subtle character development for Al over the first two seasons (especially when he would talk to that fat whore) that seemed to disappear in season 3 in the battle with hearst.


In any event, that episode and specifically that scene was the most memorable moment on a series that had quite a few of them, but on the whole wasn't, in my mind, as solid top to bottom as say The Wire or Sleeper Cell.
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« Reply #18 on: December 30, 2008, 05:08:47 PM »

Just wanted to say I appreciate the spoiler tags.  (No, that's not sarcasm.  I actually DO appreciate it.)

As far as taking the episodes slow - I agree with you.  But darn it's going to be hard as heck to do that!
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« Reply #19 on: December 30, 2008, 10:39:48 PM »

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on December 30, 2008, 03:05:20 PM

A lot of spoilery stuff so don't read Lockdown, K?

I totally agree with you.  It was a great scene in a great episode.

I forgot to mention how much I like the doctor as well.  Watching he and Jane interact is funny.
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« Reply #20 on: December 31, 2008, 12:57:31 AM »

Quote from: Jeff Jones on December 29, 2008, 09:57:14 PM

Deadwood rocks from beginning to end. Awesome show.

Too bad there really was no end. They wrapped up Season 3 with the understanding they would be doing a Season 4, but before they could come back and start working on it HBO changed their mind and dropped the axe on the show. So, another show I was following religiously that just... stopped rather than ending well.  icon_cry
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« Reply #21 on: December 31, 2008, 02:36:55 AM »

One of my favorite dialouge exchanges ever caught on film occurs between Swearingen and Sol Starr in Episode 22
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When annexation became the big topic....

Al: Before his present troubles and whilst you pursued your preferred activities, your partner Bullock joined in a campaign to which I hope you will now subscribe.

Sol: What do you mean my “preferred activities”?

Al: Oh, a reference to your people’s penchant for money-gettin’.  A poor attempt at wit.

Sol: I don’t find those funny.

Al: I apologize.

Sol: If you want my help, don’t insult me.

Al: Oh, Jesus Christ, show me the secret grip that proves my regret and let’s be about our fucking business.  Will you salt Adams with expertise about Helena’s politics and Butte’s, to be taken by this cunt Commissioner as samplings of a vein of familiarity so rich, wide and deep as to leave this Commissioner in no doubt that Montana, stiff-pricked, courted Adams as Deadwood’s representative so strenuously towards annexation it forced him to flee, lest he say, “Yes, yes, take us now.” And yield the virtue of the camp on the spot?

Sol:Yeah, I’ll school him.


So gutter-trash, so pointed, yet so elegant at the same time....love it. icon_biggrin

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« Reply #22 on: December 31, 2008, 03:12:59 AM »

Indeed. If Shakespeare had the linguistic style of a drunken sailor, surely Deadwood is what would have sprung from his pen.
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« Reply #23 on: December 31, 2008, 12:42:39 PM »

Episodes 5 & 6 are in the books.

At this rate, I'm going to rip through season one in no time.  There are certain scenes that just blow my mind, they are so different from anything else I've seen on television.  Like when Jane is up in the hills and sees the guy they dumped out there.  She is a FANTASTIC character.
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« Reply #24 on: December 31, 2008, 04:52:19 PM »

This show and Mad Men had/have two of the most talented writing staffs I've ever encountered on television.  Each line of dialog is/was like a carefully crafted piece of art with amazing depth.
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« Reply #25 on: December 31, 2008, 10:25:16 PM »

Jane's favorite line:  "What the FUCK are you lookin' at?"

My favorite line as well.
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« Reply #26 on: January 02, 2009, 03:32:20 PM »

Episodes 7,8,9, and 10 during my marathon session on New Year's Day.

I already feel an overwhelming sense of depression coming on when I hit the very last one.



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« Reply #27 on: January 02, 2009, 03:52:58 PM »

Quote from: Lockdown on January 02, 2009, 03:32:20 PM

Episodes 7,8,9, and 10 during my marathon session on New Year's Day.

I already feel an overwhelming sense of depression coming on when I hit the very last one.





I really liked Charlie Otter. Jane always grated on me though.
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« Reply #28 on: January 02, 2009, 08:03:36 PM »

Wait until you hit the last episode of Season One.

One of the best hours of episodic television ever.  Brad Dourif rocks ridiculously hard.
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« Reply #29 on: January 02, 2009, 11:45:04 PM »

I loved the interactions between the Doc, Jewell and Al.


Speaking of Jewell... is she acting or is she really disabled in some way?  If that's acting, she's amazing.  If she's really disabled... that just as amazing.
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« Reply #30 on: January 03, 2009, 01:11:50 AM »

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I loved the interactions between the Doc, Jewell and Al.

Speaking of Jewell... is she acting or is she really disabled in some way?  If that's acting, she's amazing.  If she's really disabled... that just as amazing.

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« Reply #31 on: January 03, 2009, 03:55:05 PM »

Yep. I remember her from facts of life.  When I was watching the show I imdb'd her to confirm. Good to see she's still working.
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« Reply #32 on: January 05, 2009, 12:14:07 AM »

Had to bring this to the thread....funny and festive.

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« Reply #33 on: January 05, 2009, 12:55:54 PM »

Season One is in the books.  Good Lord was that great.

Onto Season Two...
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« Reply #34 on: January 05, 2009, 01:53:45 PM »

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Had to bring this to the thread....funny and festive.



That's pretty good...
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