History YMMV / Deadwood

29th Jun '16 7:19:48 AM GrecoRomanGuy
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** Somewhat justified, as one of the running themes of the show is the dichotomy between being a stereotypical outlaw "badass" and not getting put in the crosshairs of the US government (something that Al ''repeatedly'' expresses displeasure at the prospect of.). If Al and Bullock [[DeadlyEuphemism "took care"]] of Hearst the way that they wanted (and that he, [[AssholeVictim quite frankly, would have totally deserved]]), then no doubt the government would come in and arrest them for murder and put the Deadwood camp directly under the thumb of Uncle Sam: get rid of one problem, bring in an even more intractable problem.
1st Feb '16 2:08:39 PM Temmere
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* NightmareFuel: Doc Cochran helps Al [[spoiler: pass several kidney stones by inserting a large metal spike into his urethra -- while he's awake. This procedure causes so much pain that Dan has to keep administering smelling salts to prevent Al from passing out.]]
* RootingForTheEmpire: Untill Hearst shows up as the BigBad, the [[DullSurprise rather wooden]] goodie sheriff Bullock doesn't hold a candle to the criminally magnificent Swearengean. Not a literal rooting as his early deeds are despicable enough, nevertheless Ian [=McShane's=] role is widely considered the most memorable character of the show.

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Doc Cochran helps Al [[spoiler: pass several kidney stones by inserting a large metal spike into his urethra -- while he's awake. This procedure causes so much pain that Dan has to keep administering smelling salts to prevent Al from passing out.]]
** The fight between Dan and Captain Turner. Even besides the famously horrifying conclusion, it's one of the least "glamorized" fights in any medium: just two men using every ounce of strength they have to overcome the other, because anything less means death. It's not surprising that [[spoiler:Dan's recovery from it amounts to sitting alone in a room, weeping]].
* RootingForTheEmpire: Untill Until Hearst shows up as the BigBad, the [[DullSurprise rather wooden]] goodie sheriff Bullock doesn't hold a candle to the criminally magnificent Swearengean. Not a literal rooting as his early deeds are despicable enough, nevertheless Ian [=McShane's=] role is widely considered the most memorable character of the show.
20th Aug '15 8:25:06 AM bannermanner
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* NightmareFuel: Doc Cochran helps Al [[spoiler: pass several kidney stones by inserting a large metal spike into his urethra as Dan administers smelling salts to prevent Al from passing out from the excruciating pain.]]

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* NightmareFuel: Doc Cochran helps Al [[spoiler: pass several kidney stones by inserting a large metal spike into his urethra as -- while he's awake. This procedure causes so much pain that Dan administers has to keep administering smelling salts to prevent Al from passing out from the excruciating pain.out.]]
20th Aug '15 8:22:52 AM bannermanner
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* NightmareFuel: Doc Cochran helps Al [[spoiler: pass several kidney stones by inserting a large metal spike into his urethra as Dan administers smelling salts to prevent Al from passing out from the excruciating pain.]]
18th Nov '14 9:44:00 AM hbi2k
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* BadassDecay: Swearengen and Bullock are built up as ruthless, pragmatic, and proactive men who are willing (albeit sometimes reluctantly on Bullock's part) to ShootTheDog if necessary. Then Hearst shows up, and their big plan to deal with him? Write a StronglyWordedLetter to the editor about his labor practices and then wait until his boot is on their throats before sending someone to a neighboring town to see about maybe hiring some guns.

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* BadassDecay: Swearengen and Bullock are built up as ruthless, pragmatic, and proactive men who are willing (albeit sometimes reluctantly on Bullock's part) to ShootTheDog if necessary. Then Hearst [[BigBad Hearst]] shows up, and their big plan to deal with him? Write a StronglyWordedLetter to the editor about his labor practices and then wait until his boot is on their throats before sending someone to a neighboring town to see about maybe hiring some guns.
18th Nov '14 9:43:38 AM hbi2k
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* BadassDecay: Averted; Al Swearengen grows more sympathetic and helpful over the seasons, but one scene seems to be explicitly written to remind the viewer what a sadistic bastard he can be: [[spoiler:Swearengen has one of Hearst's mooks at his mercy and delivers a speech of righteous indignation over the mook's crimes, then admits that he's really just torturing the mook for the fun of it, and would himself kill women and children without hesitation.]]

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* BadassDecay: Averted; Al BadassDecay: Swearengen grows more sympathetic and helpful over Bullock are built up as ruthless, pragmatic, and proactive men who are willing (albeit sometimes reluctantly on Bullock's part) to ShootTheDog if necessary. Then Hearst shows up, and their big plan to deal with him? Write a StronglyWordedLetter to the seasons, but one scene seems to be explicitly written to remind the viewer what a sadistic bastard he can be: [[spoiler:Swearengen has one of Hearst's mooks at editor about his mercy labor practices and delivers a speech of righteous indignation over the mook's crimes, then admits that he's really just torturing the mook for the fun of it, and would himself kill women and children without hesitation.]]wait until his boot is on their throats before sending someone to a neighboring town to see about maybe hiring some guns.
30th Oct '14 3:40:19 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* FridgeBrilliance: It's not until very late in the series that anyone realizes that the girl Sofia might not have actually seen her parents die, as everyone has hitherto assumed, and might actually believe that her parents just abandoned her in the woods for no reason.
14th May '14 3:59:40 PM ACW
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* CompleteMonster: Season 3's BigBad, [[CorruptCorporateExecutive George Hearst's]], list of his crimes include slaughtering the Cornish workers in his employ for unionizing, cutting off Al Swearnegen's finger as a show of power, and attempting to have Captain Turner kill Dan Dority in a public street fight that is long and drawn out, both to emotionally torture Al and demonstrate that Hearst holds all the power in town. He also hires an army of Pinkertons to terrorize the town, sending Odell Marchbanks on a dangerous quest to find gold which ends up getting him killed. He has the head Pinkerton Barret savagely beat Merrick in response to posting a notice about the poor working conditions of Hearst's employ. Hearst then orders the death of heroic prospector Ellsworth to force Ellsworth's wife to sell the land Hearst wants to him. To demonstrate his power, he also forces Al to murder his favorite prostitute for trying to assassinate Hearst. It's implied he may know Al killed a lookalike girl, but simply doesn't care, more than happy he broke Al completely.

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* CompleteMonster: Season 3's BigBad, [[CorruptCorporateExecutive George Hearst's]], list of his crimes include slaughtering Hearst]], slaughtered the Cornish workers in his employ for unionizing, cutting cut off Al Swearnegen's finger as a show of power, and attempting attempted to have Captain Turner kill Dan Dority in a public street fight that is long and drawn out, both to emotionally torture Al and demonstrate that Hearst holds all the power in town. He also hires an army of Pinkertons to terrorize the town, sending Odell Marchbanks on a dangerous quest to find gold which ends up getting him killed. He has the head Pinkerton Barret savagely beat Merrick in response to posting a notice about the poor working conditions of Hearst's employ. Hearst then orders the death of heroic prospector Ellsworth to force Ellsworth's wife to sell the land Hearst wants to him. To demonstrate his power, he also forces Al to murder his favorite prostitute for trying to assassinate Hearst. It's implied he may know Al killed a lookalike girl, but simply doesn't care, more than happy he broke Al completely.
14th May '14 3:58:48 PM ACW
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* CompleteMonster: [[CorruptCorporateExecutive George Hearst]]'s list of his crimes includes slaughtering the Cornish workers in his employ for unionizing, cutting off Al Swearnegen's finger as a show of power, and attempting to have Captain Turner kill Dan Dority in a public street fight that is long and drawn out, both to emotionally torture Al and demonstrate that Hearst holds all the power in town. He also hires an army of Pinkertons to terrorize the town, sending Odell Marchbanks on a dangerous quest to find gold which ends up getting him killed. He has the head Pinkerton Barret savagely beat Merrick in response to posting a notice about the poor working conditions of Hearst's employ. Hearst then orders the death of heroic prospector Ellsworth to force Ellsworth's wife to sell the land Hearst wants to him. To demonstrate his power, he also forces Al to murder his favorite prostitute for trying to assassinate Hearst. It's implied he may know Al killed a lookalike girl, but simply doesn't care, more than happy he broke Al completely.

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* CompleteMonster: Season 3's BigBad, [[CorruptCorporateExecutive George Hearst]]'s Hearst's]], list of his crimes includes include slaughtering the Cornish workers in his employ for unionizing, cutting off Al Swearnegen's finger as a show of power, and attempting to have Captain Turner kill Dan Dority in a public street fight that is long and drawn out, both to emotionally torture Al and demonstrate that Hearst holds all the power in town. He also hires an army of Pinkertons to terrorize the town, sending Odell Marchbanks on a dangerous quest to find gold which ends up getting him killed. He has the head Pinkerton Barret savagely beat Merrick in response to posting a notice about the poor working conditions of Hearst's employ. Hearst then orders the death of heroic prospector Ellsworth to force Ellsworth's wife to sell the land Hearst wants to him. To demonstrate his power, he also forces Al to murder his favorite prostitute for trying to assassinate Hearst. It's implied he may know Al killed a lookalike girl, but simply doesn't care, more than happy he broke Al completely.
19th Mar '14 8:22:56 AM ACW
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* CompleteMonster: [[CorruptCorporateExecutive George Hearst]] is without doubt the nastiest example in the show. A list of his crimes includes slaughtering the Cornish workers in his employ for unionizing, cutting off Al Swearnegen's finger as a show of power, attempting to have Captain Turner kill Dan Dority in a public street fight that is long and drawn out, both to emotionally torture Al and demonstrate that Hearst holds all the power in town. He also hires an army of Pinkertons to terrorize the town, sending Odell Marchbanks on a dangerous quest to find gold which ends up getting him killed. He has the head Pinkerton Barret savagely beat Merrick in response to posting a notice about the poor working conditions of Hearst's employ. Hearst then orders the death of heroic prospector Ellsworth to force Ellsworth's wife to sell the land Hearst wants to him. To demonstrate his power, he also forces Al to murder his favorite prostitute for trying to assassinate Hearst. It's implied he may know Al killed a lookalike girl, but simply doesn't care, more than happy he broke Al completely.

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* CompleteMonster: [[CorruptCorporateExecutive George Hearst]] is without doubt the nastiest example in the show. A Hearst]]'s list of his crimes includes slaughtering the Cornish workers in his employ for unionizing, cutting off Al Swearnegen's finger as a show of power, and attempting to have Captain Turner kill Dan Dority in a public street fight that is long and drawn out, both to emotionally torture Al and demonstrate that Hearst holds all the power in town. He also hires an army of Pinkertons to terrorize the town, sending Odell Marchbanks on a dangerous quest to find gold which ends up getting him killed. He has the head Pinkerton Barret savagely beat Merrick in response to posting a notice about the poor working conditions of Hearst's employ. Hearst then orders the death of heroic prospector Ellsworth to force Ellsworth's wife to sell the land Hearst wants to him. To demonstrate his power, he also forces Al to murder his favorite prostitute for trying to assassinate Hearst. It's implied he may know Al killed a lookalike girl, but simply doesn't care, more than happy he broke Al completely.
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