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Posted on May 01, 2005 9:37 PM in Television
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After catching some old episodes of Arrested Development (thanks to Netflix) tonight, I immediately cruised to TiVo's Now Playing list and selected tonight's episode of Deadwood. I then proceeded to get lost in the bliss of one of the best hours of my weekly routine.

Given that season two of Deadwood has steadily built in suspense since the season opener, I was expecting a flash bang of an episode, and boy did I get it. Seth Bullock's role as sheriff seems to be coming to fruition as things in camp reach a boiling point. It never ceases to amaze me the level of raw emotion the cast can portray, whether it be through speaking very few words, in the case of Bullock, or through the spattering out of words and phrases in a fashion similar to Shakespeare's quill, in the case of Al Swearengen or E. B. Farnum.

One of the things that made it difficult for me to swallow Deadwood in the very beginning was the rapid pace at which the characters would speak in their wild and untamed dialects. At this point, I've learned that sometimes you can keep up with a conversation even when you have no idea what the people involved have said. Bullock's glares and clenched jaws speak volumes, and the fury with which the likes of Swearengen and Cy Tolliver make their presence known is unmistakably clear.

It's a real shame there are only three episodes left, but I have a feeling they are going to be the three best episodes yet. Even the best shows suffer their off-shows and weak episodes, but Deadwood is a clear exception to the rule.


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