May 3, 2004

Deadwood and Vito.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 10:04 pm

Like Topdawg at Two Nervous Dogs, I have become a fan of the HBO series “Deadwood.” The show is about as gritty and grimy as a thing could possibly be. One can almost smell the stink coming off the unwashed people who live in this lawless “town,” which is run by the mondo evil, owner of one of the two saloons/gambling houses/brothels in “Stinkville.”

The language used by the characters is quite striking and is definitely not for the kiddies. I got to thinking that, if the name used by damned near everyone in the town to describe damned near everyone else in the town is an accurate description, “Deadwood” would be the fellatio capital of the world.

Speaking of which, what’s the deal with Vito on the Sopranos? Holy crap!!


  1. Yeah WTF are they up to with the Vito developments?

    I was watching that Finn guy (Meadow’s boyfriend) and thinking, “Man he looks so much like Joe Perry.” Right after that a character noted the resemblance to the “guy in Aerosmith.” I was so proud.

    Deadwood . . . love that show. Al (greasiest-looking guy, ever) and Seth and EB. All of ’em. The writing is very good, IMO. You know, you just don’t see nearly enough blogging about this show, so obviously it falls to us to do the heavy lifting (read: obsessing). I plan to continue to blog about it whenever the mood strikes, thereby alienating the last of the 3 readers.

    Comment by topdawg — May 4, 2004 @ 7:08 am

  2. Hoo boy! My hub and I had gone into the kitchen and missed when Finn “saw” Vito .. my hub said, “Noo, he couldn’t a’done that!! We missed something.” Then I caught it again on rerun and yesss, he did. Wonder where they’ll take that; and will Carmella and Tony reconcile? Hmm.

    Deadwood. It took me several times to “get into it” because of *that* word. I can handle swearing but, boy, they really go at it on there. And I have read where it’s a thoroughly researched and accurate depiction; that they did talk like that then. After getting a chance to see all the eps and ignoring the language or laughing at it, the show is growing on me. I like Jane .. whoever the actress is, she does a great job and she’s so funny.

    Comment by Betsy — May 5, 2004 @ 12:29 am

  3. Deadwood rocks! I love Jane. She is my hero. The language is horrific but it is so fitting for the entire mood/scenes of the show. It is a lawless town.. and so is the language used throughout. After the first episode, I was totally hooked. I was so sad after WIld Bill got shot but I have enjoyed the way some of the characters are really developing, like Jane, Bullock, the doctor, the preacher… This show is excellent. Kudos to HBO.

    Comment by Kate — May 5, 2004 @ 10:16 am

  4. I watched one episode of Deadwood and I tired of ‘Al the Swearing Guy’ and I haven’t tuned in since.

    Am I really missing anything?

    Comment by Randy — May 5, 2004 @ 2:30 pm

  5. Randy,

    I believe you are missing something. At first, I could not get into the show. It was too dark, the dialog was too hard to follow, and it was just too ugly to waste any time with.

    By the third episode, I became interested, and having HBO “On Demand” enabled me to go back to the the first couple episodes, which was enough to hook me.

    I have since learned how much of rhe show is based on history (e.g. Wild Bill was killed there, and Calamity Jane did nurse smallpox victims in the town). And, apparently even the language is an accurate depiction of the way the people in this lawless place spoke.

    In addition, there is more than just a little very, very dark humor in the show, carefully woven into the dialog (between the curses).

    Give it another try (without kiddies in the room), and you won’t be disappointed.


    Comment by Jim - Parkway Rest Stop — May 5, 2004 @ 10:22 pm

  6. In fact, the Vito incident has caused a rift between the GM1 and I… okay, only in opinion, but…

    I feel that Finn proposed to Meadow knowing that being Tony’s son-in-law was one of the safest places he could hide and would protect him from any further overtures from the Big Coc…. er, Vito.

    The GM1 says Finn proposed just so Meadow would shut up.

    And speaking of Deadwood and those hidden bits of dark humor… my favorite so far was Al’s apparent pride at his “contribution” to the smallpox article for the paper.

    Comment by LeeAnn — May 6, 2004 @ 10:34 am

  7. I tried watching Deadwood but couldn’t get into it. Of course I also had the same problem with the Soprano’s and now I’m addicted to the show. Maybe it just takes me time to get into HBO shows? :p

    Comment by Scott — May 6, 2004 @ 1:43 pm

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