Monthly Archives: May 2014

Check the View Screen Uhura

Dark enough for ya?

Dark enough for ya?

“Damage” is yet another stellar outing for season five, one that somehow delivers a continuity-laden monster-of-the-week story.  The episode succeeds because, much as it delves into this universe’s mythology, it never really leans on it.  Seeing some of the repercussions from Buffy’s finale is pretty great, but the story works even if you’d never seen BtVS.  It does this, as always, by keeping the focus on the characters.  For all of season five’s alleged episodic nature, stories like this one drill home the fact that these people are still on a journey.

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Treat the hoople-head free, that’s cheap good will

We have notes

We have notes

Last week I made mention of Al’s capacity as a community leader and this week sees that in full force.  Its one of Deadwood’s most a fascinating elements that a man so evil could be a force for good.  To be certain, Al’s still entirely motivated by self interest, that interest just happens to be entirely in line with that of the camp.  A bad man who happens to do good isn’t such an unusual thing in fiction, but Al doesn’t save the camp despite his villainy, he does so because of it.  Only a man such as Al could’ve risen to such a position of power in a place like Deadwood and only someone in such a position could accomplish what he does. Continue reading

But… It’s MY Destiny

Rapture cake is the tastiest cake

Far right, nice photo bomb

I really like “Soul Purpose.” As gimmick episodes go, it’s not Angel‘s strongest outing and nowhere near the heights of Buffy; Angel’s dream sequences are devoid of any subtlety and the happenings in the real world aren’t much better.  But it’s this propensity to tell rather than show that makes this episode compelling.  We’ve glimpsed the pain behind his brooding many times before but the naked insecurity on display here is something quite different.  Angel’s in the midst of a full blown identity crisis, one that doesn’t just crack his cultured stoicism, but strips it away altogether. Continue reading

The Jury Will Now Adjourn to the Whore’s Rooms

Looks honest enough to me

Looks honest enough to me

“The Trial of Jack McCall” doesn’t quite pop the way Deadwood‘s first four episodes did.  Such dips are unfortunately common in “fallout episodes,” as creators seem to struggle with giving big events the appropriate recognition while still propelling the story forward.  What shows have to say after their big moments is seldom equal to the way the audience feels about them, and there may be some tacit acknowledgement of that in the way this story unfolds.  Hickok’s death rocks the community, but its an empty sort of rocking; everyone recognises that an event has taken place and clamour to be a part of it while those who actually grieve for Bill try to distance themselves from the spectacle.

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