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Deadwood: The Complete Second Season

Timothy Olyphant , Ian McShane , Alan Taylor , Daniel Minahan    Unrated   DVD
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Deadwood: The Complete Second Season continues the Shakespearean brilliance of the landmark first season, created by NYPD Blue head writer David Milch. Milch either wrote or supervised the writing of each of the 12 episodes in this stunning follow-up, which contains more than a few surprises for anyone who thought they knew the myriad characters in the late 19th century town of Deadwood--a mucky, ungoverned, exceptionally violent development in South Dakota. As with the first season, Deadwood continues to be about many things--survival, loyalty, alliances, duty--but all of them are happening against a titanic battle between several parties to consolidate power and real wealth in the territory. Despite his cutthroat ethics, astonishing profanity, and bursts of cruelty, it's hard not to side in this bid for a piece of America's future with saloon owner Al Swearengen (a magnificent performance by Ian McShane), a visionary monster who is nevertheless more recognizably human than his rivals.

Entering an uneasy partnership with Al is Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant). Seth begins the second season by teaching Al a few lessons in chivalry, and their brief but bloody feud commences physical ailments for Al that become increasingly shocking to behold. Yet Al's difficulties have the practical effect of sidelining him for a couple of episodes while the story sets up more complex power struggles. Al takes on Deadwood's other saloon-brothel owner, the unstable Cy Tolliver (Powers Boothe), as well as an off-screen millionaire who is intent on owning all the gold-mining interests by buying out weary prospectors' claims. Meanwhile, Seth's wife and son (actually, his late brother's widow and child) arrive, an unsettling development for Seth's lover, the widow Alma Garret (Molly Parker), who soon reveals herself to be a more complicated person than in the first season. The prostitute Trixie (Paula Malcomson) begins thinking about her future and asserts independence from Al by having sex with Seth's friend, Sol Star (John Hawkes). Best of all, Calamity Jane (Robin Weigert) is back and more endearingly uncivilized than ever. Special features include actor commentaries on select episodes, the best of which finds Olyphant and McShane cracking each other up while watching the season premiere. --Tom Keogh

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*Binding Type: DVD-Video *Media Type: Video Product *Publication Date: 2012/02/07 *Language: English *Dimensions: 7.50 x 5.70 x 1.60 inches

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By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
The second season of HBO's "Deadwood" required some adjustments on the part of viewers because it was more of the same, only different. The key dynamic of the first season was the arrival of Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant) in Deadwood, intending to be a merchant opening a hardware franchise with his friend Sol Star (John Hawkes), but in the wake of the murder of Wild Bill Hickok ending up taking over the duties of sheriff from the inept Con Stapleton (Peter Jason). The big question was what the assumption of this responsibility would do to his uneasy relationship with Al Swearengen (Ian McShane), the proprietor of the Gem Saloon and unofficial master of Deadwood. However, Bullock's high and mighty attitude is at odds with his behavior with the widow Alma Garrett (Molly Barker), a hypocrisy that Swearengen will try to exploit.

Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the second season is how quickly creator David Milch reverses the two key relationships that help define Bullock. In the premier episode of the season, "A Lie Agreed Upon, Part 1," Swearengen rides Bullock about his affair with Alma and the two ends up in a vicious fight that sends them off the balcony of the Gem to land hard in the streets, just as Bullock's wife, Martha (Anna Gunn), his brother's widow, and her son, William (Josh Eriksson) arrive on the stage. Bullock has a broken nose and Swearengen broken ribs, and while both are temporarily out of action everybody in Deadwood assumes they are going to finish what they started. In "A Lie Agreed Upon, Part 2" there is a great effort by his friends to keep Bullock from going back to the Gem to get his badge and gun, which he removed before the fistfight. But when Bullock calls Swearengen out, his badge and gun are returned to him, along with an apology from Al.
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing series - McShane is brilliant Oct. 12 2006
The first season was flawless. Third is proving as mesmerising. Second season had a lot of promising storylines, but they were maddening off beam. They raised very interesting premise that ended up going no where or was hurriedly dealt with. Powers Booth proves an excellent foil for Ian McShane's brilliance, but the "heart" of the first year was missing. Maybe due to the change in writers. It finally gathered it's writs and original writers and went back to it's utter brilliance in the final episodes. You can see this is overall feel, because it was ignored in the Emmy nominations. Still, it's well worth the price. Great to be able to watch season 1 & 2 seamlessly.

Good news: Second three is absolutely breathtakingly hypnotic. McShane continues to dance up on the highwire, but now had to perfect adversary in the wonderfully evil Hurst. So bring on three. Bad News: HBO has cancelled one of the best works ever to be on HBO.

Let's hope they come to their senses. I am far from tired of Al and Gang. Bloody Perfection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Deadwood-2nd season. Sept. 19 2013
By Karen
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Having seen all 3 seasons, I actually liked the 2nd season the best. The acting is excellent ! Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the stories July 26 2014
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I bought and power watched all three seasons in three days. Loved the stories, the characters, the Shakespearean epic overtones. I was very sad it ended after three seasons. It is interesting that a number of characters from Deadwood appear in Justified, another great series with Timothy. More crossover to Sons of Anarchy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not for virgin ears. April 30 2014
By Lynn
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great series about the old wild west and the gold rush days in South Dakota. A lot of vulgar words.
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