Monday, July 10, 2006

COME SCARE ME IN THE THOROUGHFARE: I have resisted putting anything up about this season of Deadwood, because I don't want to be the guy that only talks about Deadwood, Black Sabbath, and the N (there's a post on the N's Friday lineup knocking around in my head, if you're wondering). Frankly, if you're not watching, it's too late to catch up (though you really should at least check out the Season 1 DVDs and see if you like it -- I recommend renting the disc with "Mr. Wu" on it and then, if you like it, going back to the beginning) anyway. I would like to say that if this season has been hampered by a surfeit of exposition and a deficit of Francis Wolcott (the most complex and, as played by Garret Dillahunt, well-acted villain in TV last year), last night's episode was quite the welcome catharsis. Strong performances by a couple of supporting players, a suitable amount of violence in a yet-pigless season (Sepinwall calls it "one of the most amazing fight scenes I have ever witnessed in a movie or TV show"), and a pinch of rare humanity for several of the players.

Also, who knew that Gerald McRaney could play a (somewhat) convincing bad guy?

Anybody else out there watching?

Edited to add: I forgot to mention that if you can't watch comedy without a laugh track, YouTube has made available a Two-and-a-Half Men-accessible Deadwood.

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