'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 1, Episode 4: 'Here Was a Man' (Veterans edition)

We're continuing our trip back through the first season of David Milch's epic revisionist Western"Deadwood," and we're continuing to do it with two separate but largely identical posts: one for people who watched the whole series and want to be able to discuss it from beginning to end, and one for people who are just starting out and don't want to be spoiled with discussion that goes past the current episode. This is the former; click here for the newbie-safe version.

A review of episode 4, "Here Was a Man," coming up just as soon as I listen to the thunder...

"Can you let me go to hell the way I want to?" -Wild Bill

If you know your Old West history, then you know that James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickcok was shot in the back of the head by Jack McCall only four days after he arrived at the Deadwood mining camp.(*)  In the legend of Wild Bill, there have been many accountings of what happened that day, and why, and particularly about why an experienced gunslinger with a long history of fending off threats to his life would have sat in a chair with its back to the door. "Here Was a Man" offers David Milch's interpretation, and in his version, Bill sits in the chair knowing what will likely happen if he does - and welcoming it. You can see in his eyes that he knows McCall (or someone equally hostile) has just entered the bar, even with his back turned, in the same way that he knew Tom Mason had designs to harm him, and he takes no action whatsoever. Read More...



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