We’ve spent the past two weeks rolling out 12 days of dead wood, our collection of synopsis for season 1 of David Milch’s HBO western – A show no one ever needs an excuse to visit or watch for the first time. The series premiered in March of 2004 and became one of the greatest dramas of all time despite being cut only three years into its run, for reasons that not even students of television history have been able to fully analyze. Located almost entirely within the borders of Deadwood, South Dakota during the gold rush of the 1880s, dead wood plays like our city By a Western bloody review. The show had a writing staff, but only to work out the plot lines. The dialogue was completely reworked and obsessively rewritten by Milch, usually on the go and often on the same day the scenes were scheduled to be shot, with major changes made depending on what the actors and directors were doing at that moment.
The result is a unique drama that takes place in another time but feels like it’s happening right in front of you. This quality is enhanced by the series’ semi-documentary manual photography, which sometimes gives the show a feel of live TV drama from the 1950s, but with horses, six shooters, F-bombs, graphic sex and violence, torches and oil lamps providing the lighting. Milch’s often gorgeously ornate and sloppy language isn’t entirely accurate, though it is true of the poetic/literary way people expressed themselves in the pre-electronic media era, when books were essentially television. The giant troupe cemented stardom to veteran cast members such as Ian McShane, Keith Carradine, William Sanderson and Brad Dourif, and provided crucial career boosts to expats like Timothy Olyphant, Molly Parker, Kim Dickens, Jim Beaver, Robin Wiggart, Dayton Kelly, Ray McKinnon, and Paula Malcomson. All of them gave a performance that ranks among the strongest in their careers, and the vast majority have said so publicly. dead wood It was among the best, if not the best, work experiences they’ve ever had, despite the chaos embedded in Milch’s quite unconventional working methods.
Milch, a professor of literature and former scholar at Yale University, came dead wood After twenty years working in network television, most notable were two pioneering Cop shows, Hill Street Blues And NYPD Blue (Created and co-created by Stephen Boschko.) These two series were about the way institutions function and the individual’s place within them, and most of her work focused on the police station. dead wood It adopted the same strategy but expanded the scope to include an entire city (called “camp” in the early years). It developed the concept of society, studied it philosophically, politically, and theologically, and showed how law and order grew out of chaos, and how chaos continued to exist within the institutions that people created to manage the chaos of life. It’s topics like dead wood In general, it is always worth discussing, which we have done over the course of dozens of publications. You can watch the show on HBO Max and then find the summaries here or below.