Sean O\'Sullivan

Reconnoitering the Rim: Thoughts on Deadwood and Third Seasons

2010-07-30

Sean O’Sullivan explores numerous aspects of narrative and seriality in his examination of the HBO series Deadwood, created by David Milch. O’Sullivan argues that Deadwood often resists seriality’s dictates and conventions by adhering to, amongst other structures, Aristotlelian dramatic principles that are by nature at odds with seriality’s essence. This is but one example of the existence of an “internal constriction” that “pushes against some of the conventions of television serials by denying the very principle of expansiveness, of stretching out, inherently endorsed by a narrative that cannot be contained, whose sum exceeds our capacity to remember it.”