Luck Recap: Myth Connections

If you bailed on David Milch and Michael Mann's HBO drama Luck after three weeks, I hope you'll catch up with last night's installment, "Both Hands on the Wheel," and reconsider. If, on the other hand, you watched through last night's episode and are still bailing, I say adios and don't let the barn door hit your ass on the way out, because this is as good as TV gets.

Every line, scene, performance, shot, and cut worked in concert, then rose to a sublime new level in the sequence with exercise girl turned jockey Rosie Shanahan (Kerry Condon) riding Getting'up Morning to victory. That sequence was, for me, the emotional and cinematic equal of the death-of–Wild Bill sequence in episode four of Milch's Deadwood, both in its masterful construction and its portrait of a community united in reaction to an extraordinary event. In a 2006 piece about Milch's love of Robert Altman's McCabe and Mrs. Miller, the writer-producer told me, "St. Paul is my guy, in terms of saying that idea of community is central to understanding, and that we mistake our deepest nature if we fail to realize that we are part of some larger organism." Read More...


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