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"Deadwood" Here Was a Man (2004)

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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

The end of Wild Bill Hickcock

Author: JSwallowX1 from Ireland
25 August 2012

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In the wake of Brom Garret's death, his wife Alma dismisses the claims by Swearenegen's men that it was an accident. She enlists the help of Wild Bill Hickcock to find out what really happened to her husband, meanwhile, Swearengen, worried that the Pinkerton's might "descend like locusts" on the camp, instructs E.P. to purchase the gold claim off the widow to keep her happy and to hopefully move her along. Over on the Bella Union side of camp, an old friend of their's arrives back to them carrying with him a plague contracted from a whore somewhere. The Doc (Brad Douriff) is angered when he sees him, recognising the pandemic the camp could have on its hands. Calamity Janes continues to care for the little girl, while Wild Bill meets his end abruptly at a poker game when he is shot in the back of the neck by Jack McCaul, who is then captured by a mob. One of the best characters in the series has met his end prematurely in this episode, which in its own rights serves to testify how life was taken for granted and people were murdered with no regard whatsoever back in these lawless and violent days of the Wild West. The death of Hickcock leaves it open for a possible revenge saga as Seth is devastated by the death of his friend - who asked him to purchase the gold claim from the widow Garret before his murder - and the Bella Union man with the syphilis or whatever could unleash a pandemic on the camp.

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A very sad conclusion of one of the greatest characters of Deadwood

Author: Juan Sarmiento from Netherlands
29 July 2009

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A very sad conclusion of one of the greatest characters of Deadwood. Only four episodes, but he won't ever be forgotten. This is a very important episode which sets up most of the characters. Mainly Jane, she goes downhill from here and turns into a depressing uncontrolable drunk.

This episode dealt with the aftermath of Brom's death. He's gone and Al had to keep Alma happy, but she is not numb. She hires Wild Bill to find out what happened to her husband. Wild Bill had two very memorable lines in this episode, 'Listen to the thunder' and 'Let me go to hell the way I want to'. He was a good, but tragic man wasted on a cruel world.

Meanwhile Ellsworth confesses to Dan, he saw it and now Dan has to decide what to do about it. Ellsworth is a great man and everybody loves him, especially Trixie.

This episode also introduces Andy Cramed, new in camp but deeply ill. He brings a plague into the camp. 'Here Was A Man' concludes with Jack, a whimpering fool shooting Bill in the head from behind. A very sad ending to a once powerful man.

Five stars

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