Deadwood

Season 1 Episode 2

Deep Water

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 28, 2004 on HBO
8.8
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As suspicions arise that "road agents" may have been the true perpetrators of the massacre, Swearengen takes a special interest in the health of its sole survivor, a young girl ministered to by the unlikely team of Doc Cochran and Calamity Jane. Meanwhile, Bullock and Star attempt to buy property from Swearengen, who suspects an alliance between Hickok and these hardware boys. At the Grand Central Hotel, Brom Garret rethinks his recent investment, while his wife Alma medicates her anxieties. And as a confrontation brews over the young survivor, Hickok asks Bullock to cover his back in a tension filled poker game.moreless

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  • Although the Pilot was very well done, the second episode pulled on all your heart strings and made the characters much more likeable.

    9.0
    In this episode, I particularly love Doc Dochram and Calamity Jane. Both putting their lives at risk to save the little girl from Al.



    The little girl's entire family was murdered by Al's men, and if the girl can identify them, it could get Al in trouble. Especially now with Wild Bill in camp, and the old Montana Sheriff; Seth Bullock.



    This episode sets up some very interesting character relationships for the future.

    Al and Seth meet for the first time, and they cannot wait to get at each other's throats.

    It also shows Dan's loyalty towards Al, and that he would even kill a small child for him.



    The acting by everyone was excellent, but Brad Dourif in particular stood out. I am surprised that he never won anything for this role.



    Five stars for the second episode.moreless
  • Go **** yourself

    9.0
    As we continue into our tale of Deadwood, things start to get developed further, plots thicken and characters grow throughout, making for a much more enthralling episode than the pilot, whilst keeping the same formula that made it as brilliant as it is.



    Firstly upon viewing Deep Water, I was relieved to see that Deadwood would be taking a more continuity based form of episode structure rather than simply churning out 12 stand alone episodes. Secondly I was relieved to see that nothing had changed since we left, Deadwood is as seedy and gruesome as it was and the plot is exactly where we left it.



    This is partly what made this episode so refreshing to me, as it took the previous storyline and developed it further, which when combined with previous knowledge of the characters and their personalities created a much more enjoyable hour of television. I say this because as good as the firs episode was, it was admittedly hard to squeeze into and it did take some of the fun out of it, trying to remember who was who and what was what. Two hours into the series however and things are clear as daylight and so the show takes a more natural form in my head.



    There were many things I enjoyed about Deep Water, first and most importantly being the huge amount of characterisation employed. Particularly through Calamity Jane’s character as at firs glance at her through the pilot, I didn’t really enjoy her scenes nor did I sense any real complexity to her. After this episode however, things have certainly changed and she is fast becoming one of my favourite characters. The scene with Ian McShane for instance was strange, especially for her character and I’m not quite certain as of yet why she reated in such a way but it sure was interesting and brilliantly performed by Robin Weigert. I also enjoyed the brief flashes of humour placed throughout. I don’t know however, maybe it wasn’t meant to be funny; it’s that kind of laugh. The sequence occurs, and played more or less seriously but in some way it makes you chuckle at the sheer outrageousness of it. There were quite a few moments like this within Deep Water, namely when one of the visitors (Tom Mason I believe) crashes into Al’s office stark naked proclaiming how satisfied he is with his whore.



    I also like the plot developments that further themselves but yet still keep you hanging on to find out how it goes next week. The story with the rescued girl that was found wasn’t exactly interesting but it did lead to some great character insights that we hadn’t seen before such as the doctor. The story I did enjoy in Dead Water however were that of Seth trying to buy a lot from Al, and although it was fairly downplayed in contrast to the other plotline, I found it far more entertaining.



    In conclusion, Dead Water is still Deadwood and it’s still just as engrossing. Now that we know characters and the current situations with them however, things are more interesting to watch and as a result, create a better episode in comparison to the pilot. Direction and writing are as strong as ever (dare I say the writing here even succeeds the pilot) and performances are still just as strong as they were from episode one. Highly recommended.moreless
  • Dark & Mysterious

    8.0
    This episode really shows how dark 'Deadwood' can get, i really liked the fact that this episode was an extension of what happened in the pilot (with the little girl and her family) and, the character development didn't stop either. Quite an interesting episode hopefullly it just gets better and better.
Ray McKinnon

Ray McKinnon

Rev. H.W. Smith

Guest Star

Timothy Omundson

Timothy Omundson

Brom Garrett

Guest Star

Nick Offerman

Nick Offerman

Tom Mason

Guest Star

Keone Young

Keone Young

Mr. Wu

Recurring Role

Peter Jason

Peter Jason

Stapleton

Recurring Role

Geri Jewell

Geri Jewell

Jewel

Recurring Role

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