Deadwood: Season 2 Reviews

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February 20, 2020
For newcomers to the show this season, keeping everybody and everything straight might be a bit of a challenge, but it's one well worth undertaking.
February 19, 2020
[A] superbly crafted, bucking bronco of a show.
February 19, 2020
[Al Swearengen] has perhaps one of the most unpredictable personalities and interesting minds ever depicted on the small screen.
February 19, 2020
The characters' internal coherence, elliptical plotting, and, above all, the consistently risky acting by a remarkable ensemble of more than 20 all crack the confines of the screen, evoking the barbed intensity of live theatre.
February 19, 2020
Al's cussing would make Gordon Ramsay blush. But if you can stomach that, this gritty adult series mines a rich vein of dialogue, character and dark humour.
June 13, 2018
To Swearengen, the approaching future means the end of his gleefully lawless life; to Deadwood fans, it's possible that that near future means the end of one of the richest dramas on television, with only a smoking bullet hole in its place.
June 12, 2018
At times beyond gritty in a "You've got to be kidding" sort of way, "Deadwood" will never be everyone's cup of tea, but it stands as one of HBO's most fully realized dramas since "The Sopranos" and exhibits no signs of fading in the second leg of its run.
June 12, 2018
Don't get me wrong. The first season of Deadwood is a cracking bit of telly. But the second? It's taking everything I've got not to stop writing and just start watching it again.
June 8, 2018
And yet it's all kind of pleasingly thematic, alternately gritty and funny and caked with moral decay.
June 8, 2018
As much as any other Western town in any other Western, Deadwood... seems really to exist, so vivid are the characters and so rich the texture.
June 8, 2018
Deadwood is indeed small and brackish, and it is in its own way as absorbing and addictive as "The Sopranos."
June 8, 2018
At times beyond gritty in a "You've got to be kidding" sort of way, "Deadwood" will never be everyone's cup of tea, but it stands as one of HBO's most fully realized dramas since "The Sopranos" and exhibits no signs of fading in the second leg of its run.
June 8, 2018
But this much is true: "Deadwood" is cocksure brilliant.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 8, 2018
Once a week, "Deadwood" is a phenomenal place to visit -- but I wouldn't want to live there.
June 8, 2018
In its second season this gritty frontier drama still boasts the most colorfully eccentric ensemble of any show on TV.
June 7, 2018
The first two seasons are solid gold...
January 20, 2018
Deadwood suggests a... rewrite of the creation myths of the American Republic.
September 25, 2017
[Deadwood] is ornate and profane-far beyond, on both counts, anything that's ever been on television.
September 25, 2017
If the first season of this anti-Western pushed boundaries even for HBO, then a second visit to the pioneer town finds profanity and poetry shacked up in the Gem Saloon, minglin' in a way that would make our good Lord blush.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 25, 2017
Al may no longer be master of all he surveys, but the smile on his face (such a lovely moment from Ian McShane) is appropriate for the day he's just had - and for the incredible season of television we've just watched.
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