Jul 302015
 
Hell on Wheels: A. Zhou as Mei Fong and Anson Mount as Cullen Bohannon - Hell on Wheels _ Season 5, Episode 2

Photo Credit: Michelle Faye/AMC

Hell on Wheels has started its final season in rollicking style, giving us an adventurous opening. So far, we’ve had big fight scenes and now, in Mei Mei, a falling-down-a-mountain scene so thrilling they showed it to us twice! I’m going to be a big ol’ meanie and say that the special effects looked a little weak to me in HD, but I do love the wild ride. Continue reading »

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Jul 192015
 
Hell on Wheels, Season 5 Episode 1, Chinatown, Anson Mount as Cullen Bohannon

Photo Credit: Chris Large/AMC

I am the one true prophet.

Hell on Wheels is an inconsistent show, giving us amazing, stunning episodes, stupid ones, and a majority that fall in the middle—good, solidly entertaining television that doesn’t quite soar to greatness. The Season 5 premiere, Chinatown, falls into that last category. It was effective, smart, introduced the season deftly, but didn’t push any envelopes. Continue reading »

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Hell on Wheels Season Finale: Further West

Hell on Wheels Season Finale: Further West

Nov 23, 2014

The Hell on Wheels season 4 finale, Further West, did what it needed to do to establish Season 5. In many ways, it was a lovely and emotionally satisfying episode, while in others, it was a little flat. Oddly, it played like the finale of a show whose fate was unknown. In such a case […]

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Hell on Wheels 4.12: Thirteen Steps

Hell on Wheels 4.12: Thirteen Steps

Nov 16, 2014

Hell on Wheels episode 4.12, Thirteen Steps, gave us a stunning, staggering hour of television. As an experience, as a single, standalone hour, it was close to perfect. And yet, it leaves me with roiling questions about this series and its directions, especially after the announcement that next season will be its last. There’s two […]

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Hell on Wheels: Anson Mount

Hell on Wheels: Anson Mount

Nov 12, 2014

So, on re-watching the Hell on Wheels episode Bleeding Kansas, I was struck by how damn good Anson Mount is. I rarely mention it, perhaps because my recaps are more involved in what’s going on with the show and characters, and I don’t talk about acting much at all. But Mount is worth mentioning because […]

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Hell on Wheels 4.11: Bleeding Kansas

Hell on Wheels 4.11: Bleeding Kansas

Nov 9, 2014

The most violent, the bloodiest, the most vulgar episode of Hell on Wheels yet, Bleeding Kansas was also one of its best. Episode 4.11 moved at breakneck speed, so that when “Next On…” appeared on my screen, I was surprised.

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Hell on Wheels: Black Dog

Hell on Wheels: Black Dog

Nov 4, 2014

Everyone ready for the return of Hell on Wheels this weekend? Here’s some interesting trivia. In a recent episode, Durant referred to depression as “the black dog.” I thought immediately it was an anachronism, since most people associate the phrase with Winston Churchill. However, a little research turned up some fascinating stuff. It turns out […]

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Hell on Wheels 4.10: Return to Hell

Hell on Wheels 4.10: Return to Hell

Oct 5, 2014

On the list of things I imagined I’d see on this week’s Hell on Wheels: Return to Hell, a dark meditation on grief did not appear. Yet, grief is a subject of Westerns nearly as often as heroism. The West is a harsh place where life is short, and the bereaved make up much of […]

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Hell on Wheels Schedule for the Remainder of Season 4

Sep 29, 2014

Hello Basketcases! After much discussion in comments, I have gotten verified and official information from AMC: This is, indeed, Hell on Wheels’ first 13 episode season. The schedule is… Episode 4.10: October 4 Episode 4.11: November 8 Episode 4.12: November 15 Episode 4.13 (Season Finale): November 22

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Hell on Wheels 4.09: Two Trains

Hell on Wheels 4.09: Two Trains

Sep 28, 2014

The theme of this week’s Hell on Wheels, Two Trains, is alliances. Even the title, ostensibly about the final battle between Cullen Bohannon and Sydney Snow, suggest two different conveyances to an ultimate goal, and choosing how to get there.

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Hell on Wheels 4.08: Under Color of Law

Hell on Wheels 4.08: Under Color of Law

Sep 24, 2014

This week’s epiosde of Hell on Wheels: Under Color of Law, got us back on track. While not a brilliant episode of television, it was very good and I’m feeling it. Under Color of Law did a lot of things: For one, it looked in on every major character that the show has (and several […]

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Hell on Wheels 4.07: Elam Ferguson

Hell on Wheels 4.07: Elam Ferguson

Sep 14, 2014

There’s a part of me that just wants to say, “What was that?” Hell on Wheels episode 4.07, Elam Ferguson, focused on Elam, but not really. It was much more about the people affected by Elam; people he did not recognize. Elam did not understand that Cullen, Eva, and Psalms all loved him and wished […]

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Hell on Wheels 4.06: Bear Man

Hell on Wheels 4.06: Bear Man

Sep 7, 2014

Hell on Wheels Episode 4.06, Bear Man, screamed “tonight on a very special Hell on Wheels.” Sorry. There was good stuff in the episode, and we can discuss, but a lot of it was…perplexing.

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