Season 3 Episode 1

Tell Your God to Ready for Blood

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jun 11, 2006 on HBO

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  • A brilliant beginning.

    „Tell your God to Ready for Blood”

    And so it begins…

    If the strong and vibrant tone of the title isn’t enough to convince you to watch this episode, then maybe this review will be helpful. Needless to say this is Deadwood at its finest, which means it shares all of its great traits. If you’re not a fan of the show, then I still don’t think this will convert you, but if you are you needn’t even bother with this review.

    That being said, the 3rd season premiere is one of the best episodes to date. The first things that we notice is the more violent (if that’s even possible :) ), more dynamic tone that events have taken. While in the first season relations were being established and the second brought about the dispute with Yankton, the story in the third one starts off with a shooting. Unlike the first two seasons Al will this time have a direct opponent and one of considerable strength and resourcefulness, which has even him worried about the outcome of this battle. The episode also delivers on the promise of the first season’s ending, the uncanny alliance between Seth Bullock and Al, one that we all have been eagerly awaiting.

    And so, while the camp seems to be turning into a community governed by rules and stability, in fact it is just preparing for an all out war. The preparations for this war are established during the three important meetings of the episode: Al with Seth, and each of the latter with Hearst. In the extremely powerful meeting between Al and Hearst, the saloon owner shows how truly adamant he is to submission, even in the face of a Goliath: as the image brilliantly symbolizes when Al, with his back-bent, talks from a much lower level, with faked humility, about him being dangerous to Hearsts interest… „different from powerful though”.

    The Hearst we were introduced to in „Boy the Earth talks to” is nowhere to be found, this man being capable of going to any lengths to „secure the color”, to which he is nearly a slave; but perhaps there were enough hints of his true identity in the first place. However, as Al will put it, runing his holdings like a despot has its merits, but to try and own the camp as well is simply „out of scale, it’s out of proportion and it’s a warped, unnatural impulse.”

    Apart from this main, captivating story there are a few other activities taking place in the camp. The new social order of things can be reflected in the new school which will constitute a nice supporting story during this season. The beating of Farnum, culminating in Richardson stating „The Sheriff is killing the Mayor” is as ludicrous as it is shocking. And last but not least Alma Garrets claim will constitute the premise for the major conflict that is bound to break out soon.

    Needless to say, there is a lot happening in this episode and it is all so brilliantly tied together by the wonderful acting, writing and directing we all have come to expect from this wonderful drama. As a note, the art direction - as always - is one of the most beautiful ever seen in a tv series.

    In high anticipation for the following episodes I end by saying only that this is a must-see episode, a true gem of the genre.
  • I will leave the "Cliff-noting" to others.

    This opening salvo of season 3, while not overly eventfull, does just what its' title implies-- sets the foundation for the next round of bloodletting. Moody as ever, the denizens of Deadwood spend a lot of time brooding and bellyaching (sometimes literally), as well they should. Even with the school and other trappings of legitimate municipality, the town is still more gritty and abrasive than sand in your sandwich. While Swearingen, Bullock, Farnam and other regulars still fill most of the frames, their actions are more and more influenced by Hearst; as his money, power and overwhelming obsession with "the color" alters the dynamics of thier world.
  • Swearengen and Bullock in one corner. Hearst in the other. The season is kicked off at full speed and the characters are as intersting as ever.

    The best part of this episode is the furthuring of some kind of agreement between the Sherriff and the owner of Gem Saloon to do what is best for the camp even if it means messing with the most powerful man around. Bullocks feelings of caution as to his ability to be sherriff reveal a side of him that lets the audience sympathize with him. Luckily for the town, Charlie is there to help him out and thus speak for the audience which has scene his character tested the past 25 episodes.

    As far as the start to the season is concerned, the creators set the rest of the season up very well. The confrontation with Hearst sets up a conflict to be played with for the duration of the season and yet it didnt seem forced at all. Hearst's arrival simply warranted such an interaction.

    Swearengen once again that he bows to no man as he confronts Hearst in a meeting ripe with immediate danger due to the presence of Hearst's goon.

    On another note, Martha has finally become a somewhat interesting character even if she has yet to do much. Hopefully this will only improve as we get into more episodes.

    All in all, a great episode of Deadwood as fans surely must come to expect. The final season looks like it is truly going to cap the show off right. My only hope is that Cy Tolliver checks out soon as his character is growing increasingly lame and uninteresting in my opinion.

  • Deadwood, the place and people that have you hooked and clinging in anticipation, what's the next move. Well this episode reveals exactly who is pulling strings and who is cutting them. The lines are drawn and so begins the struggle for power and control.

    Brilliant episode, Machievelli is Swearengen's inspiration, " It is better to be feared than loved, more prudent to be cruel than compassionate." As he tries to reign in Bullock and ready battle with Hearst. The devious, the deceived, the innocent are all pawns in the game. Where will the strike land next, who will fall? No wonder I'm hooked, intelligent, brilliant, and exciting.
  • Great Stuff

    Wow! What a way to setup a bloody next episode. Bullock beats the crap out of E.B. because he thought E.B. spilled the beans on Bullock banging Alma and being the father of her unborn child. Al sticks it to Moneybags and basically challenges him to try to kill him. Bullock's wife finally got a little interesting. Jane is falling completely apart and seems to be wanting to dabble in some sapphic activity with Joanie Stubbs. Starr was his normal boring self with no character development beyond being a cowardly whore lover. Overall this was a typical great episode for this doomed series. Next week should be even better just as every week of this fine show.