General Crook rolls into Deadwood with his troops, known as "Custer's avengers," and the Yankton magistrate, Clagett, prompting a parade and business solicitations from E.B. Farnum and Cy Tolliver. ...
The story of an inner-city Los Angeles police precinct where some of the cops aren't above breaking the rules or working against their associates to both keep the streets safe and their ... See full summary »
The town of Deadwood, South Dakota in the weeks following the Custer massacre 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. Written by
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For a long time there was a bar called Bullock's Tavern in Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada, which was originally owned by Seth Bullock's parents and was also the place he was born. See more »
The series shows Seth Bullock and Sol Starr witness Wild Bill Hickok's arrival in Deadwood, however in reality, Wild Bill arrived in Deadwood two weeks prior to Bullock. Bullock arrived in Deadwood on 1 August 1876, the day before Bill was killed by Jack McCall. See more »
The first season was just as good as its HBO peer, The Sopranos, but the second is a little awkward
For some reason, I decided not to watch Deadwood when it first premiered on HBO. Boy was that a mistake! I finally watched the entire first season when the DVD set came out, and I couldn't pop those disks in fast enough to get through the entire season! Deadwood is a take on the western genre that has never been seen in television, and probably not even the movie theater. If you ever saw the modern-day Romeo and Juliet with Leonardo DiCaprio, then you have a good idea of what Deadwood's creators tried to do to the western genre.
I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is in the first season it really worked! Did it ever work! Even with a huge collection of current-day cuss words that sound like the lexicon of a Brooklyn native or a brothel with guys and gals who talk like they were educated at Harvard, it STILL felt like a western! So that's the good news.
The bad news is that somewhere during the second season, in my opinion, that stuff started catching up to the show. Maybe the show creators went in the direction they had always intended now that they felt they had an audience. I don't know what it is, but I hope Deadwood goes back to the more authentic western feel of the first season. The second season has had some good episodes, but there are too many soap operas, trivial conspiracies, and just plain uninteresting people. I also feel that they stopped giving some of season one's most interesting characters quality screen time, or they changed characters in a way I didn't think fit the story of season one.
Anyways.... I still stuck through season two, and I'm anxiously awaiting the third go-around. I'm sure a lot of people disagree with my opinion, but if you haven't watched this show yet, you'll have to check it out yourself to see what you think. Whether you fall in love with both seasons or agree with me that the second season is not as captivating as the first, you'll still be watching one of the most unique shows on television and another reason why HBO continues to be the new king of television shows.
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