Oct 052014
 
Hell on Wheels "Return to Hell" -- Cullen Bohannon and Thomas Durant race to the fire

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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 its population. Grief and revenge, then, go hand-in-hand, and surely revenge is a venerable subject for a Western. “Revenge for grievous wounds” might be a better way of describing the theme of this week’s Hell on Wheels. Continue reading »

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Sep 292014
 

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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Hell on Wheels 4.05: Life's a Mystery

Hell on Wheels 4.05: Life’s a Mystery

Sep 1, 2014

Hell on Wheels Episode 4.05, Life’s a Mystery, is the first episode in quite some time that endeavors to be more than an episode of a good television show. Which is to say, the show has broad themes: About the American Dream, about transcending the past, about being an outsider; but it doesn’t often do [...]

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Hell on Wheels 4.04: Reckoning

Hell on Wheels 4.04: Reckoning

Aug 24, 2014

So. That happened. Hell on Wheels Episode 4.04, Reckoning, was about what happened. It was a plot-builder, laying down groundwork for future episodes. None of the character work we saw (and we saw some good stuff) was meant to stand on its own; all of it was there to lead us to future episodes. This [...]

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Hell on Wheels 4.03: Chicken Hill

Hell on Wheels 4.03: Chicken Hill

Aug 17, 2014

Let’s recap Hell on Wheels Season 4 so far: Episode 1, snoozefest. Episode 2, interesting, exciting, with a really great, really weird pivotal scene. Episode 3, Chicken Hill: excellent, straight-ahead television. So far, so good. I’m inclined to completely forgive the season premiere.

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Hell on Wheels Episode 4.02: Escape from the Garden

Hell on Wheels Episode 4.02: Escape from the Garden

Aug 9, 2014

You sound like an unreconstructed Southerner, but we’ll remedy all that. Now that’s more like it! Hell on Wheels came on flabby with a slow season opener that left me doubting if it could continue to deliver strong stories with compelling characters. One week later, Escape From the Garden, another Neil LaButte episode, leaves no [...]

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Hell on Wheels Season 4 Premiere: Elusive Eden

Hell on Wheels Season 4 Premiere: Elusive Eden

Aug 2, 2014

Hell on Wheels offers us a season premiere that is in no way different from its season finale. Season 3 closed with a lackluster episode, as if director Neil LaBute had no sense that a finale was a different animal from a regular episode. He’s back a year later with Elusive Eden, an episode with [...]

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Vacation news

Vacation news

Jul 30, 2014

I will be out of the country, with limited internet access, from July 31 through August 12. Mad Chick will be handling Masters of Sex duties. Season premiere and episode 2 of Hell on Wheels are already written and will post as soon as each episode ends. Karl will keep the News running. Other people [...]

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What the heck happened?

Jul 14, 2014

Business trip, of course. I’m all over the map. I didn’t even get to watch Masters of Sex yet. The problem with Sunday being Prestige Television Night is that I always travel on Sundays for arrival Monday morning. Rest assured, Masters of Sex will be blogged in this space, although not necessarily on time, because [...]

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