Television Without Pity is my absolutely FAVORITE place to go catch up on shows that I watch regularly but I missed an episode, don't watch anymore and just want to find out what happened in a particular storyline, or just want to relive. They have delightfully snarky recappers, and I can't tell you how many times I've laughed until I've cried over their interpretation of the events on some of my favorite shows.
Recently, I found out that they have been recapping "Game of Thrones", which is an HBO series that recently aired its Season 1 finale. It's really good, and has stuck very closely to the books that it is adapted from (I'm on Book 3 of this series right now, and it is excellent!). Peter Dinklage STEALS the show with his portrayal of Tyrion Lannister. If you have HBO, and you haven't yet, you should check this show out.
And pray that HBO doesn't pull a Deadwood on it.
You see, while I was reading recaps of Game of Thrones, I also found TWoP's old recaps of Deadwood. Pretty soon, I was furious all over again at the cancellation of this fucking amazing show after only 3 short seasons, and right before the climax of an extremely pivotal storyline.
Deadwood might have been the best television show I've ever seen. And I watch a lot of the boob tube, folks. The writing, the acting, the cinematography, the minimal soundtrack......it was all superb. But oh my god.....the acting. Ian McShane, Paula Malcolmson, Timothy Olyphant, Molly Parker, Robin Weigert....hell, every single cast member brought everything they had to to every single episode. The end results were mesmerizing.
A lot of people had qualms about the foul language, but it was the language of the time that the show was set in. And once you immersed yourself in the vernacular, you really got the amazing flow and poetry of it all. Deadwood helped me improve my vocabulary at least once a show.....and I'm not just talking about how to slip a well-placed "cocksucker" into my daily conversations. (Although that did come in pretty handy too.)
HBO couldn't have made a bigger mistake by pulling this show. And for what?? Shows like Entourage? Not to mention Hung? Or In Treatment? It's baffling.
I'm not sure if you can tell or not, but I really miss Deadwood. And despite its untimely demise, you should check it out.