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Deadwood (2004-2006)

(TV-MA)

Synopsis: A show set in the late 1800’s, revolving around the characters of Deadwood, South Dakota; a town of deep corruption and crime.

Creator: David Milch

Stars: Timothy OlyphantIan McShane and Molly Parker 

Serious Jest:  (Time Filler)  Season 1 of this show is great (at least 4 beer mugs, by itself).  During the first season, Deadwood has just been founded about 6 months ago, and competing forces jockey for power and position within the new camp.  It’s like a Wild West Lord of the Flies.  Seasons 2 and 3 are not bad, but they are much slower-paced, as the camp becomes much more settled, and the show starts to become more centered around the internal and external politics of the camp becoming a town.  At the very least, you should make the time to watch Season 1 at some point in your life; hang around for the latter 2 seasons if you’re a real fan, or are looking to pass the time (they’re still solid, but not as entertaining).  The original plan was to follow the third season with two TV movies, but the movies then got scrapped, so the season 3 finale, which was an okay season finale, actually ends up being a pretty weak series finale.

According to wikipedia.org, Milch used newspapers & diaries of real-life 1870 residents of Deadwood, South Dakota, as reference points for characters, events, and the look and feel of the show.  The characters, many of whom are either real historical figures, or based on them, are skillfully brought to life by this first-class cast…and I mean the whole cast, not just the lead roles.  It is difficult to pick actors who stand out, because everyone plays their role well, but if I had to choose, I’d pick Ian McShane, Timothy Olyphant, and Robin Weigert (who undergoes an amazing transformation into Calamity Jane, if you’ve ever seen her in other roles).

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About Serious Jest

Film & TV Reviewer by Choice, Attorney at Law, Marine to the Corps (excuse the pun), Nupe Under Pressure, and MC by Nature

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