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Deadwood: A Constant Throb

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Aug 13th 2006 11:10PM

Deadwood S03E10 A Constant Throb

(S03E10) Once again, great as usual... but man, they are really building up to this season's climax at a snail's pace. As much as that fact has me agitated, you still have to admire it though. Every move, every scene, every choice bit of dialogue in this show means something. It all ties together. It's just so meticulously laid out and that's why we're unfortunately not being treated to a full fourth season. It's too bad that series renewal relies on viewership and not the quality level of the program, because let's face it. Deadwood, along with a few select others (Rescue Me comes to mind), are alone at the top right now.

The episode began with another of Hearst's manipulations. He had one of his men fire a few shots at Alma, while she made her way to the bank. The man was instructed to miss, and Al as reasoned, it was done in an effort to get Ellsworth or Bullock to come after Hearst. Fortunately Bullock was campaigning on the outer perimeter of the camp and Dan was able to restrain Ellsworth in time. So nothing happened, but a show of violence is exactly what Hearst is looking for. He's just waiting for a reason to give his men the thumbs-up.

Al, always wise, is quick to understand Hearst's motives though. He wants the camp on edge. He wants people to be nervous and to walk around in fear. But Hearst will only get frustrated if he feels that people don't pay him any mind, which is why Al tells Alma to leave The Gem and continue her walk to the bank. Al wants to treat Hearst "like a three year old whose toys won't do what he tells them." This plan could backfire though as it serves to give Hearst reason to become bolder in his tactics.

Elsewhere, I'm starting to get slightly bothered with the sub-plots. I really don't find myself attached to Langrishe and his troupe. The success of the theatre doesn't sway me one way or the other. Jane and Joanie's pseudo relationship is plain ol' weird and I don't honestly see what it contributes, other than giving Jane cause to continue coming up with hilarious one-liners. I'm sure these plots will tie in to the finale but right now I just don't see where the connection will be. If anything, it leaves the element of surprise open but right now I'd rather be informed than forced to wait.

Back to the main storyline, we got some more info on Hearst's endgame. Al killed the cronie who shot at Alma, but before he slit the guy's throat, Al got him to admit that Hearst had 25 more Pinkertons on the way. This doesn't bode well for the safety of Deadwood's inhabitants or for the validity of the upcoming elections. That's not even counting the men Hugo Jarry has lined up and waiting. Right now, Al's only plan lies in Silas reaching out to Hawkeye for hired guns. We'll see what happens.

Best Quotes:

Swearengen (commenting on Jewel climbing the stairs): "Every step a f$#%ing adventure."

Hearst (on the possibility that he can't influence the elections): "Elections cannot inconvenience me. They ratify my will or I neuter them."

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I don't really see what you mean with the pace of the show I LOVED last night' episode. It was wonderful to see Al back in full form and quick to the game of strategically moving around players. I love the tension it's building and couldn't believe it when the show ended after what seemed too short a time.

The scene with Alma crossing the street to the bank was beautiful. Like lions circling.

Al already knew about Pinkerton's men from the telegraph guy. The tour troupe fascinates me because there is a story there peeking out. Plus Al and Langrishe actually do go into business together in real life so it's interesting to see the dynamics there.

And Jarry may be playing Hearst too. He was skimming off the top and got caught as we learned in his meeting with Adams. And he's bargaining with Hearst to have men brought in to vote in the elections. Only here's the thing, you have to be in camp for 2 weeks to be able to vote. Jarry knows that. He was there when the law was made. Hearst doesn't know that though at least as far as I can tell.

And I loved how it ended with Bullock practically breaking the table and looking all wild-eyed. If the man starts rubbing his nose, it means he's about to lose it FAST. He wasn't quite there yet last night. But the dude is splitting at the seems with rage. Heh.

All of this and more just make this season so beyond amazing for me! YAY!

August 14 2006 at 5:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


While I am angry at HBO for cancelling Deadwood like everyone else, they certainly have a reason to cancel it. Fewer people are watching it this year than last year, and shows like Entourage and The Sopranos get higher ratings. The only reason HBO had so many subscribers in the first place was due to The Sopranos and Sex and The City.

Deadwood's case is very similar to Arrested Development when it comes to ratings. Both shows cost a lot to produce, ratings have been falling and there are very vocal die-hard fans. I guess we should be kind of thankful that we got at least 3 season of both (although AD is more like 2.5 seasons)

August 14 2006 at 3:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Al is finally back to himself!! No more tip-toeing around Hearst and just "watching" poop happen. Missing Finger Hand healed and knife-ready!! Chaulk up one more to the WU Pig Gallery. Hats Off to the HBO peeps who edit the coming week's previews...they show just enough to make you CRAZY!!! Two more episodes until HBO subscriptions take an all time NOSE-DIVE...what were the HBO Brass thinking?? I can't wait to see Milch's and HBO's new venture about a Surfer in Cincinnati take a plow into infamy. I also cannot wait to hear about the HBO contract negotiations with McShane and the others to do the "proposed" two additional Two-Hour Follow-up DEADWOOD MOVIES...let's not forget, they fired everyone COVENIENTLY right after the shooting of season three had ended. PAYBACK TIME!!! Without (IMHO) the return of 8-10 actors that jump right out at you for the follow-ons, HBO is simply tinkling up a rope!!!

August 14 2006 at 1:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

God, I'm gonna miss this show!

August 14 2006 at 12:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

thanks for this information

August 14 2006 at 7:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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