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A least I now know why they killed it off
on 23 September 2010
Season three could be described in two words 'awkward' and 'drifting'. The coherence of the first season (each episode a gem in itself) gives way to ever more clunky dialogue and almost comically bad soliloquy. The script becomes strangely more formal, as though more and more writers are thrown at the story and so 'imitate' the previous format rather badly and end up saying nothing with it. Each episode seems to flow into the next, without much to note. It's as though they failed to even realise the potential of the characters they had so carefully created in the first two seasons.
They all seem to end up waiting around and not really sure what to do or saying anything that makes sense, becoming rambling Calamity Janes, talking to dead Indian or moose heads, perhaps hoping for some sort of answer 'Oh producer, please take my character somewhere'. Poor Joni Mitchell just seems to float around, somewhere near a school, along with a fat guy that too needs a refuge from the script. No wonder she ends up putting a gun to her head, no doubt in frustration.
Even the drama troupe add no comic relief or form any sort of basis to represent events (as a drama within a drama). The careful handling of themes and people in earlier series ends up becoming a torrent of characters that are either boring, pointless, tiring, seem weakly connected to the story (and so on).
It's a pity it ran itself into the ground, but let's have no illusions, that's what happened to Deadwood.
Even though I tried to attribute the mess it became to the arrival of the telegraph and the fragmentation of modern life, it really isn't that deliberate.