Tread Perilously - ‘Deadwood: The Trial of Jack McCall’

Tread Perilously is a podcast in which hosts Erik Amaya and author Justin Robinson watch the “worst” episodes of popular TV shows, attempting to determine if they would continue to watch the series based on the most off-key moments.

This Week: Deadwood's "The Trial of Jack McCall"

Tread Perilously continues its month on the frontier with a visit to Deadwood to witness an episode called "The Trial of Jack McCall."

With the body of Wild Bill Hickock lying in state and Al Swearengen fearing the arrival of U.S. law, the camp of Deadwood convenes its own court to try Wild Bill's murder, Jack McCall. But this being Deadwood, everyone has their own reasons for seeing this sort of frontier justice to the end. Will it cause a Mr. Bullock to lose his cool? Will it make the pox outbreak which threatens the town worse? And will anyone realize E.B Farnum is not to be trusted?

Erik finally watches his first episode of Deadwood and begins to analyze it as a Libertarian power fantasy. Both he and Justin discuss the powerhouse casting throughout the episode -- from stars like Timothy Olyphant to show favorite Garret Dillahunt. Jango Fett's stolen valor comes into question. Erik suggests Jeffrey Jones should be digitally replaced by Christopher Plummer. He also tries to deal with some of the culturally insensitive words used on Deadwood. Justin sings the praises of Brad Dourif. Tombstone comes up because of course it does, and Erik reveals his belief that most non-European languages' term for "European" is "White Devil."



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Last modified on Thursday, 18 June 2020 14:52

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