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Deadwood

episode 1.1

USA 2004
produced by
Davis Guggenheim, Scott Stephens, Elizabeth Sarnoff, David Milch (executive), Walter Hill (consulting), Jody Worth (consulting) for Red Board Productions, Paramount/HBO
directed by Walter Hill
starring Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker, Jim Beaver, Brad Dourif, John Hawkes, Paula Malcomson, Leon Rippy, William Sanderson, Robin Weigert, W. Earl Brown, Dayton Callie, Keith Carradine, Jeffrey Jones, Timothy Omundson, Garret Dillahunt, Ray McKinnon, Sean Bridgers, Geri Jewell, Keone Young, Jamie McShane, Dan Hildebrand, Mike Hagerty, Christopher Darga, James Parks, Ursula Brooks, David Carpenter, Misti Cassar, Allison Gammon, Gill Gayle, Dylan Haggerty, Michelle Haner, G.T. Holme, Robyn Hyden, Peter Jason, Honey Lauren, Victor McCay, Dean Rader-Duval, Vanessa Robertson, Raynor Scheine, Tom Simmons, Everette Wallin
created and written by David Milch, music by Michael Brook

TV-series
Deadwood, Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane

review by
Mike Haberfelner


Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant) has left the life of a US Marshal behind to make as decent living running a hardware store in Deadwood, a quiet little town hit hard by the gold rush. The town's pretty much lorded over by saloon owner Al Swearengen (Ian McShane), who has all sorts of things going on, including getting rid of the dead body of the john of one of his whores, Trixie (Paula Malcomson), whom she had killed in self defense - but here he's much more bothered by the sheer bother of getting rid of a body than the well-being of Trixie, whom he gives a sound beating. Also, he's presently trying to sell a gold claim to rich New Yorker Brom Garret (Timothy Omundson) and can't really allow for any bad repute to come to his saloon.

At around the same time, a treck led by Wild Bill Hickock (Keith Carradine) and Calamity Jane (Robin Weigert) arrives in town, which of course stirs up things a bit, but things really come to a head when a frontier family, making their way on their own, is found massacred, and it's widely believed by Indians, but Bullock and Hickock believe otherwise and set out to look for a survivor - something Garret isn't at all fond of ...

 

Now if you're a fan of Westerns, this one's definitely for you, as even as a mere first episode, it touches many mainstays of the genre, it looks spot on, and director Walter Hill proves again what he has already proven before, that his no-nonsense straight-forward directorial style sits very well with the Western genre - and yet this first episode isn't all brilliance, basically because it doesn't tell much of a story of its own. Sure, it sets things up rather nicely for later episodes, but that makes this one by itself over-populated, convoluted and in fact confusing. Of course, one can only judge by later episodes how good that set-up was, but less narrative threads and resolutions to at least some of them would have done this episode heaps of good.

 

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