How did Ben and Adam know that Tobias Finch was a no good rotten scoundrel? We found that out as the episode went on, but how did they know that so early on?
Love all the pictures you included!
I assumed they didn't like Finch because he was so clearly determined to make them heroes. As far as Ben and Adam were concerned, they were "just doing what had to be done" -- they did not see themselves as heroic and did not want a fuss made over them. And I kind of suspect they were both savvy enough to know that Finch was trying to use them to better himself somehow, and didn't want to be forced into that role, either!
Sharry wrote:I also thought it was an odd moment for the sheriff to find his courage. Of all the people to challenge, it surprised me he would start with Adam. It didn't seem smart.
I thought the sheriff arrested Adam for two reasons. First, because he resented Adam from the first minute he saw Adam, because Adam was the man he wanted to be. He was so mad about being shown up, he essentially refused to do his job, that first day, until Adam called his bluff. The second reason I think he did it is because he wanted to impress the reporter, in hopes that the reporter will write up his stories. (I'm not convinced the reporter would have been as disinterested as this guy is -- as SJRCartwright points out, Wild West stories were huge, and I expect stories from early Texas history would have sold just fine.)
elizabeth wrote:The episode is an interesting contrast to "Enter Mark Twain", a writer in the old west, but with quite a different slant and message to his tall tales.
Makes me want to go and rewatch that episode. Which also has some cute Cartwright bits, although I confess I don't remember any as excellent as the opening scene to this one. Although I'm bad at connecting clever Cartwight bits to the right story (do a little better with emotional ones, since they're usually more tied to the plot). Still, the opening scene is all kinda wonderful, as is the scene with Adam right after Ben gets hit over the head. I really felt for Adam, being locked in his cell and not knowing what's going on. He probably wasn't seriously
concerned until he actually saw his father -- but that doesn't mean he wasn't a little worried when no one would answer! And concern and worry are slightly different things -- concern goes out to the injured person, and PR shows that so very well. Adam's not my favorite character, but there may've been a bit of Adam swoonage with this episode....
Mark Twain was not trying to glorify anyone, and (I suspect) didn't expect people to take his tales seriously, either. Somewhere I ran across a story in one of the local papers from the time complaining about people believing an earlier article from Virginia City, saying, "You should have all known this was a parody, for reason, reason, reason. Get a sense of humor, people!" Even if Twain didn't write the original (or the one I read), that still represents the attitude of the people he was hanging around with. They expected readers to read with some skepticism -- they didn't always get the story right the first time, and they knew it, and they printed corrections all the time, so they wanted
readers to be sensible about things.
They also laughed at bit at those who didn't see through the sort of stories Twain wrote in that episode, I am sure. But that's a different thing to what the reporter in this story is doing, IMHO. He's writing fictional stories about real people. Doing that with the name of someone who has agreed to it (as I believe Buffalo Bill did) is one thing. Doing it with people who're long gone also doesn't bother me (depending on how faithful they are to the 'spirit' of the original person). But doing that against the person's will, and while they're still alive and kicking, is something else altogether. That is libel, and it's rightfully illegal. Not that the reporter sees what he's doing as defamation of character, necessarily -- but the Cartwrights clearly do.