A key thing happens between Seth and Al. Most key things involve Al
AGUY I know told me the other day he’d just bought Deadwood on DVD because he got sick of waiting for it to come on free-to-air TV.
Well, I thought, that’s just great. What if his wife went to jail? She’d be in trouble. There’d be no conjugal Midnight Express body parts for her pressed up against the glass.
The ABC did make a small amount of racket about Deadwood being part of its summer schedule, but I for one am glad they held back and decided to put it on now.
I don’t know if it was the floods and the bushfires and the hideous summer of bad or what, but it would’ve just been squandered there.
So this is the start of series two this week and Deadwood is closer to becoming a formal part of America. Al Swearengen isn’t happy about it. And if Al’s not happy, nobody’s happy. He might be upset about Congress, but he also clearly has something wrong with his prostate. If this were any other show, Ian McShane would appear at the end of the episode going, ‘‘ Hello. A swollen prostate could be a very serious thing. It needs to be probed by an experienced professional. And I don’t mean Dolly, the whore at the Gem.’’
When we left the new sheriff Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant) at the end of last season, he was about to start sleeping with Alma, and that’s still on. Just so you know. The whole place knows. There’s a stagecoach on its way into town, though, and things could change their situation. They’re not aware of this, however. It’s very exciting. Two separate groups of people are on it, both Deadwood ABC2, Monday, 9.30pm bringing big changes for Deadwood. And new characters for us obviously. So there’s that.
And a key thing happens between Seth and Al. Most key things involve Al Swearengen, it has to be said. It’s interesting how Al seemed terrifying until Cy Tolliver arrived in the place, and now he seems positively lovely by comparison. Cy Tolliver is a really scary character, and possibly getting worse. I don’t know that he takes well to competition.
Cy, it emerges, has had an 18-year relationship with Joanie Stubbs. She was 14 when she started turning tricks for him. I love that there’s a working girl called Trixie. It’s like how that porno star on Party Down was called Cramsie.
Cy has one of the lines of the night. One of the girls has a bottle of something, and he eyes it off and remarks that it looks a little small ... ‘‘ But I guess you gals are used to making the best of that’’. This is a fantastic episode. Plenty going on, plus it sets us up for a lot of high drama ahead.
New sheriff: Timothy Olyphant as Seth Bullock.