Episodes 1 & 2: A Lie Agreed Upon, Parts I & II
After a LONG time (almost a year), I’ve returned to Deadwood! FYI: It’s available on Amazon Prime. The big issue- Al (Ian McShane) knows re: Alma Garret (Molly Parker) and Sheriff Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant) hooking up on the regular (as the kids say), and insults him about it. Maybe in Al’s mind, a man of the law should NOT be in an illicit relationship? Or maybe he just wants a fight? Being the stubborn man that he is, Bullock can’t let that slide.
Theses two town titans get into a VERY nasty fight inside The Gem which eventually flows out onto the street. Instead of shooting Bullock, Al hits Bullock’s bestie/business partner, Sol Stark (John Hawkes), in the shoulder. Trixie (Paula Malcolmson) is horrified and rushes to Sol’s side, which I REALLY liked. YAY for potential romance (hey, w/ a show like this, you take the little scraps of positive emotions when you can)!
We see (once again) that Al is NOT 100% evil; after he saw young William (Bullock’s nephew-turned-adopted-son), he didn’t kill Bullock. Al takes his badge and gun though. I was a BIT surprised to see how calm/collected William’s mom, Martha (Anna Gunn), was during the rowdy tussle. Hmmm… there MUST be more to her than meets the eye! Martha (widow of Seth’s older brother) and William look like they are straight out of central casting (cleanly dressed, well-behaved, and polite).
HOW awkward was that scene where Alma (escorted by trusty Ellsworth) went to see re: Bullock’s injuries, and also check out Martha!? Ahhh yes, love makes fools of us all, even a financially-independent/beautiful/cultured widow! I just hope that Alma does NOT go back to laudanum IF things get rough.
There’s a new madam in town- Maddie (Alice Krieg); she comes from back East w/ a few new girls (prostitutes). Krieg (who hails from South Africa) is BEST known as the Borg Queen in the Star Trek: The Next Generation universe. Her flawless pale skin, intense eyes, and mysterious face seem like an odd fit for Deadwood, BUT I can’t wait to see what her character will get up to in the future!
Cy Tolliver (Powers Boothe) is VERY shocked/angered when he learns that Joanie (Kim Dickey) is going into business w/ Maddie at the new whorehouse (Chez Ami). Joanie has been w/ Cy since she was 14 y.o. and I think that he REALLY loves her (in his way, of course). I was a BIT concerned for Joanie when she confronted Cy though!
Bullock gets his badge and gun back. Surprise- Al returns the items w/o a fight! Bullock also makes his choice re: his personal life. He won’t run away w/ Alma, BUT will live in the new house he had built for his family. They need a man’s protection, after all. But what kind of marraige will this be (they have a bundle bed)?