Thursday, February 22, 2007
As the Mrs. and I wait none-too-patiently for the fourth season of The Wire on DVD, we've switched over to Deadwood, kindly lent us by Leesha and Big Red. It fills the void nicely. A lawless illegal prospector's camp open in Indian Territory serves as the setting. A naive East-coast dandy gets taken for a worthless stake by the more sophisticated, less edumacated members of a crime syndicate running things in town. The dandy's wife sips laudanum and hides out in the hotel. There are whores, gunslingers, snitches, a Chinaman whose pigs eat a questionable diet, and a marvelous over-the-top villain named Swearengen. A steely upstanding former Kentucky lawman named Bullock arrives with his Jewish partner to open a general store in town just as a dissolute Wild Bill Hickok rides in with Calamity Jane. Swearengen worries about every detail in his camp, and there are delicious conspiracies to ensure he maintains control. There is swearing on an Olympian scale. We've fallen hard already after only three episodes. A marvelous cast.
TV on DVD is awesome.