Grover's Disco ABCs vs. One Body
It's poor disco conditioning vs. Deadwood's grand unified theory!
Grover's Disco ABCs
The case for Grover's Disco ABCs
Grover just wants to be Tony Manero. He starts off strong, but perhaps all of the scenes in Saturday Night Fever where Tony does cardio to benefit his boogie were left on the cutting room floor. Regardless, I think Grover should probably have a stress test.
The case for One Body
HBO's profane modern classic Deadwood made the case for civilization, for people of all backgrounds to connect with their fellows and pursue a meaningful life, while maintaining a clear-eyed view of how human nature sabotages the best intentions. The show's depiction of the funeral for notorious gunslinger Wild Bill Hickock lays out the show's argument in a tight five minutes. The passionate but slightly off Reverend Smith reads 1 Corinthians 12 to the lawless camp, declaring the assembled drunks, gamblers, hookers, and murderers are "of one body," equal and essential to all others. Smith urges viewers to put aside their grief and anger and shame, to lift up themselves and others, to have faith and hope, because "whither one member suffer, all the members suffer with it."
It's a lovely moment cut short as attendees learn the camp's slapdash judicial system has exonerated Hickock's killer. No one's problems are solved, and we eventually see that even the Reverend struggles to maintain his faith in a senseless and cruel world. But in this moment, the characters and the viewers go seeking justice, fellowship, and purpose as the old hymn "How Firm A Foundation" plays.