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6.08.2004

dead fucking c------ers

(Did I use enough slash marks?)

Oh, hush. I'm not being blasphemous or even unseemly (not right this second anyway). This is a post about Deadwood, because I keep forgetting to post about it. I just caught the last couple of episodes, bringing me up to having seen... well, all of them. It's an odd thing. My mother and I were talking about the show a month or so ago, agreeing that while we didn't actually like it, we found it compelling nonetheless. But now, well, to my chagrin I actually like it.

And in a show full of filthy mouthed (I hardly notice this in point of fact, and must confess that if I didn't have a job that required me to deal with people and I watched a lot of Deadwood, my vocabulary would probably be indistinguishible from theirs in no time, like it was in high school) heathen men, with a few stoic heroes, the real thing that won me over is that this show has the richest, most complex female characters on television. I'm even pretty sure we've got a THE LADY EVE homage going on as of this week's episode. Calamity Jane is my favorite character on television at the moment (and one of the great alcoholics of all time, nothing to sniff at), but the other women of Deadwood are growing on me, too, as is the look and feel and fabric of the show. It's quite something, in that it's utterly different than everything else on television. So, if you get a chance give it a look, or if you've been watching and loving or hating, I'd like to know why...

Also, speaking of dead things, I get Friday off work.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have comic books to read. (Yay! We saw but didn't buy the first trade of the two issues so far of The Escapist -- they brought it out so quick and it's so small and attractive, we'll no longer be getting the big issues, but the trades.)

worm: "The Setup," Mission of Burma

check out: True Story Swear to God by Tom Beland (comic)

namecheck: Chris "Bring on the Night Watch" McLaren

2 Comments:

  • At 4:22 PM , Blogger Rob said...

    Swearingen is one of those characters on Deadwood that you can't stop watching. Powers Boothe character is giving Al a run for his money. And it just hit me last night that the woman who is the "gimp" played Blair's MS cousin on "Facts of Life". Her name was Jerry and she wanted to be a comedian. Remember?

     
  • At 11:40 AM , Blogger gwenda said...

    Oh. My. That IS her! And I think she actually is/was a comedian. I knew she seemed familiar.

    Swearingen is definitely one of the most convincing evil human beings ever portrayed on television.

     

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