Deadwood: Season 2
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Deadwood: The Complete Second Season (DVD)
1877. A new day is dawning in the Black Hills outlaw camp of Deadwood. For better or worse, times are changing, and the transformation from camp to town is imminent. Unsavory new arrivals - looking to cash in on the lucrative anarchy -- and a government of outsiders usher in an era of hard decisions and brutal power struggles among the camp's founders, all learning the hard way...fortune comes with a price.]]>
Deadwood: The Complete Second Season continues the Shakespearean brilliance of the landmark first season, created by NYPD Blue head writer David Milch. Milch either wrote or supervised the writing of each of the 12 episodes in this stunning follow-up, which contains more than a few surprises for anyone who thought they knew the myriad characters in the late 19th century town of Deadwood--a mucky, ungoverned, exceptionally violent development in South Dakota. As with the first season, Deadwood continues to be about many things--survival, loyalty, alliances, duty--but all of them are happening against a titanic battle between several parties to consolidate power and real wealth in the territory. Despite his cutthroat ethics, astonishing profanity, and bursts of cruelty, it's hard not to side in this bid for a piece of America's future with saloon owner Al Swearengen (a magnificent performance by Ian McShane), a visionary monster who is nevertheless more recognizably human than his rivals.
Entering an uneasy partnership with Al is Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant). Seth begins the second season by teaching Al a few lessons in chivalry, and their brief but bloody feud commences physical ailments for Al that become increasingly shocking to behold. Yet Al's difficulties have the practical effect of sidelining him for a couple of episodes while the story sets up more complex power struggles. Al takes on Deadwood's other saloon-brothel owner, the unstable Cy Tolliver (Powers Boothe), as well as an off-screen millionaire who is intent on owning all the gold-mining interests by buying out weary prospectors' claims. Meanwhile, Seth's wife and son (actually, his late brother's widow and child) arrive, an unsettling development for Seth's lover, the widow Alma Garret (Molly Parker), who soon reveals herself to be a more complicated person than in the first season. The prostitute Trixie (Paula Malcomson) begins thinking about her future and asserts independence from Al by having sex with Seth's friend, Sol Star (John Hawkes). Best of all, Calamity Jane (Robin Weigert) is back and more endearingly uncivilized than ever. Special features include actor commentaries on select episodes, the best of which finds Olyphant and McShane cracking each other up while watching the season premiere. --Tom Keogh
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Where in shows like The Sopranos or boardwalk empire, you tend to dislike the main crime Lords more and more as you are exposed to the sub human parts of their psyche. In Deadwood I found myself loving Ian Mcshane's 'Al Swarangin' more and more as I watched.
Overall I'd issue the show as an excellent mix between The Sopranos and mad men, in that it created what I'd assume is a somewhat fair representation of the Deadwood camp in the early stages of the gold rush while mixing in some great elements of crime dramas of today.
Watch Deadwood, you won't regret it!
Each season gets more violent, sexually explicit and vulgar. This is certainly not for an audience adverse to foul language, explicit sex and violence. The story line goes into very dark evil parts of people and society as the wild west begins to become exploited by the rich and corrupt.
The story line is full of intrigue and completely unpredictable. Their is good in most people somewhere deep down no matter how evil they appear and their behaviors. Romantic relationships twist and turn while love continues in different forms. Sadness exists in most unexpected ways and the reactions of the community members is are touching and unexpected in some of the nastiness of all. If you follow the story line and ignore the vulgarity it is a story that likely portrays the real will west versus earlier story lines. It is an ugly journey from wild to governance.
I enjoyed this season with some tears, laughter, shock and rejection of the vulgarity. Somewhat shocked that I was able to distance myself from the foul language, etc. Totally unexpected story line. I binge watched many nights.
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