10 Best Media Objects of 2006 (Part 2)
If you missed Part 1, here’s the gimmick: It’s not what got shoveled at us by mass media in 2006, it’s what I, Cornelius the Wise, decided to pluck from the media wash that enveloped us all during that fateful year. This time we zoom back to the near-present and the selections are almost timely:
7. Deadwood Season 3 (TV series, 2006): There are currently two ways to see this show: legally on HBO (booooooring!) and illegally by downloading high def AVI files from your favorite torrent site (L337!) As with most television, everything’s too well-lit and too clean, but the elaborate, profane language of the dialogue (in blank verse, no less), the tense wild-west plot, and the towering performance of Ian McShane as antihero Al Swearingen make for a compulsively watchable experience. Season 3 cements the golden formula of the show: introduce villains so evil they make the first batch of villains seem like fairly nice guys. And Gerald McRaney has the role of a lifetime as psychopath George Hearst. Took me forever to realize it was Major Dad up there hacking off fingers with an axe.
Tune in next time for 6 and 5.