Deadwood

Deadwood

Complete Third Season

DVD - 2007
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The town of Deadwood, South Dakota is a lawless sinkhole of crime and corruption. Into this uncivilized outpost ride a disillusioned and bitter ex-lawman, Wild Bill Hickok, and Seth Bullock, a man hoping to find a new start for himself. Both men find themselves quickly on opposite sides of the legal and moral fence from Al Swearengen, saloon owner, hotel operator, and incipient boss of Deadwood. The lives of these three intertwine with many others, the high-minded and the low-lifes who populate Deadwood in 1876.

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My review from Season 1 also applies to Season 3 and will follow below. New to S3 is the character George Hearst, the new villain in town and he's well played by Gerald McRaney. While the dialogue was superb in S1, they may have taken it a bit too far in S3. Still, it's vastly superior to pretty much anything else on TV in 2005 (or even today in 2019). Now for a replay of my S1 review:

Violent. Profane. Outstanding. Amazing drama. A lot has been said about it's copious and often anachronistic use of profanity but few (if any) seem to have bothered to view the special feature on that topic. It explains why it is so profane (they did their homework, it was very profane in lawless mining towns back then) and why they chose some terms that were not yet in use (because their meaning would be understood versus some period lingo that would be lost on viewers). Deadwood is a rare treat in the use of language in other ways, too. Often very eloquent - even Shakespearean - it also demonstrates class, education, and power dynamics of that period. It's a joy to listen to because it is so rarely done and done so well. The acting is superb and enhanced by such fine authorship. The sets, costumes, props, and cinematography are feature-film quality. Deadwood was ahead of its time on HBO. It lasted three seasons. A long-promised film or two to wrap up the storyline never happened until 2018 when an HBO feature for TV was filmed for release sometime in 2019 with almost the entire principal cast returned. Characters Cyrus Tolliver (Bella Union owner) and Richardson (Farnum's cook and lacky) passed away and will not be replaced. Silas Adams (played by Titus Welliver) could not take part due to his starring role in Bosch. I'm looking forward to the follow-up set 10 years later.

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ridley1976
Feb 24, 2016

Ian McShane steals the show yet again. We need a movie!

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erinsnest
Nov 08, 2014

Nov 7 2104, just finished watching the 2nd episode.I must say I am a bit lost (again) and still trying to get into the language. They just talk so.....weird? So far, nothing has happened in this season to really catch my interest. I do love Jane though! (She's just such an innocent little cutie, even if she is a stinking drunk at times.)

Beagle0217 Jun 02, 2014

Definitely the best series that's EVER been on television. How sad that it was stopped. Swedgin was superb.

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carolyny
Oct 22, 2012

The entire series is worth watching for Ian McShane's performance alone! The plot line was a little rushed compared to the previous seasons, but they were forced to end the series and the writers did their best to tie up all the loose ends. Still, the series provides great insight into the hardships of American life that get glossed over in High School these days.

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Morpheuss
Mar 23, 2015

Sexual Content: There is sexual content.

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Morpheuss
Mar 23, 2015

Violence: Lots.

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Morpheuss
Mar 23, 2015

Coarse Language: Tons of coarse language.

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