Television Tuesday :: Deadwood and relationships, part seven.

9 Dec

Tonight I’d like to deviate from the platonic theme and focus on the complicated interplay of Alma (Molly Parker) and Seth (Timothy Olyphant).  Because yes, it’s a romance.  It’s a very tortured sort of romance, very much like an old novel – the rich widow and the married lawman having a fleeting affair before he’s called back to his duty as a husband and father – but it’s also more than that.

Alma doesn’t have friends in the camp.  She at first has her husband (Timothy Omundson) and then her husband talks to Wild Bill (Keith Carradine) and Wild Bill recommends Seth; while Seth passes off some of the duties he was originally set to do out of a self-admitted lack of knowledge, he stays on as a consultant and friend to Alma.  And Alma needs that.  Alma has Sofia (Bree Seanna Wall) and that’s fulfilling after a fashion, but not in the way of adult companionship.  Alma had Trixie (Paula Malcomson) for a time, but that’s a tricky situation.  Etcetera.

So here’s Seth, this man she finds handsome for true, who looks out for her interests both as concerns business and as concerns her visiting father (William Russ) and in his own odd way accepts the person she is, flaws and all.  And they bond, in their own odd way, and yeah, this culminates in a short mostly off-screen love affair with some sexy times, but it also, as my mom pointed out (my mom, who loves Seth Bullock like I love Topher Brink), results in one of the only times we genuinely see Seth smiling out of pure happiness and relaxation.  It’s also one of the few times that Alma is that relaxed naturally.

And it gets complicated when Martha (Anna Gunn) and William (Josh Eriksson) come to camp, of course, but for that tiny moment they’re both content, and that’s something worth noting.

–your fangirl heroine.

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