Television Tuesday :: Deadwood and relationships, part five.

28 Oct

I can’t settle tonight on one specific theme, so I’m just doing a few different things.

One.  Trixie (Paula Malcomson) and Sol (John Hawkes).  This is the first of the explicitly non-platonic relationships that I’m going to discuss during this series, but it’s important.  I pretty much always forget how early into the series that this relationship starts, but it’s only a few episodes in that they meet, really.  And there’s something endearing about the way that Sol treats her: he doesn’t exactly treat her like an angel, he’s aware of what her profession is, but he has a sort of schoolboy air about her.  “Do you think she’s pretty?” he asks Seth (Timothy Olyphant), in a way like he’s sort of looking for Seth’s validation for his little crush; he later goes to the Gem and all he does is talk to her.  He doesn’t even proposition her, he just invites her to come shopping at his store.  Trixie is embarrassed by this attention, because it’s far from the sort she’s used to; Trixie’s reaction to kindness tends to be abrasiveness, because she’s used to expecting that people only do things with ulterior motives, and that continues to be true with Sol for their whole relationship, really.  But sometimes there are these adorable little moments where they’re just so cute.  The exchange about her purchases (I can’t find the exact quote anywhere), for example.

Two.  Charlie (Dayton Callie) and Joanie (Kim Dickens).  I go back and forth about which relationships are my favorites, but Charlie and Joanie are definitely at the top of the list.  They first meet and for a while it’s the dance of politenesses and stilted half-admissions that she feels necessary and he goes along with because it’s how you get by in that society even though he’s not the “type,” but then gradually the conversation gets more natural.  He asks her about his coat, she offers that she’s going to run a business, he mentions his new business, she not-so-subtly subtly tells him about the meeting that other business owners are having.  Their relationship looks on one hand like the authors just drew two names out of a hat and wrote a scene with the characters, but it builds the foundation for this relationship that is so important and so pivotal to Joanie’s character and to Charlie’s role in the camp and the narrative.

Three.  Sofia (Bree Seanna Wall) waiting in the doctor’s cabin while Alma (Molly Parker) talks to Trixie, not understanding what’s going on because she doesn’t speak English but figuring out that something is wrong and going over with her tiny little mouse-voice and sharing with Trixie her name.  It’s the first time that Sofia says her name in the series, and Trixie is also the one that she told the names of her sisters to in episodes prior.  Alma may be Sofia’s mom, but Trixie is her cool aunt for sure.

–your fangirl heroine.

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