That said, I don't think I'll ever love the show the way I love Deadwood or Breaking Bad for instance. It definitely paved the way for characters like Vic Mackey, Al Swearengen or Don Draper, but I don't really see ground-breaking television there, artistically speaking.
Also, I noticed this review of "Full Faith And Credit" by Alan Sepinwall in his Season 3 Deadwood Rewind. To him that wasn't a brillant episode, or rather the episode was "lacking" and I couldn't help thinking that he missed several points, didn't see connections between storylines and how the whole tapestry was weaved. For instance he wasn't sure that the fact that Steve the drunk and Nigger General shared the same last name (Fields) was meaningfull. Come on! The whole Steve/NG worked as a mirror. Besides, Steve's hateful and racist speeches actually show how much he actually despised himself, to the point he was never sober. Steve had demons and thought he saw them in black faces (Odell scared the hell out of him). Steve never took care of himself and was often dirty (Tom had to insist that Steve should clean himself), but eventually his black alter-ego would become his caretaker.
Anyways, I was glad to see that Jim Beaver, who dropped by to share memories, didn't agree with Alan's statement and said that he thought the writing of that episode to be amazing, and cleverly based on counterpoints. But my favourite part of his comment came in the end:
"Perhaps my favorite moments are the look on Bullock's face, the subtleties of Tim's response, when Sol suggests simultaneous signing of the contract. And that David (or Ted) ended the episode on that one word of appreciation from Seth ("Sol.") was exquisite."Exquisite indeed! If I didn't already love Jim Beaver, I would adore him for that remark only! Seth/Sol forever!!! :- )
I usually love Sepinwall's take on Mad Men but his reading of Deadwood lacks depth and literary perspective. Maybe I see connections that just exist on my mind, but I believe that making you think of connections is the distinguishing mark of the greatest tv series.
Finally...let's end this post with music. I had my last piano lesson today since my teacher returns in Czech Republic for the Summer break. We've been working on several pieces including one by Janáček and one by Bohuslav Martinu of course. In other music news, just today I found, via twitter, a link to this little gem: it's "Peter and The Wolf" narrated by David Bowie in 1978 (yes I'm still in my Bowie phase, don't worry it usually lasts only a couple weeks, like my Elvis phase...). It's wonderful.