Liked this premier episode.  A lot to put into historical perspective about the wild wild west only 150 years ago.  Slaves were free, civil war was over and westward expansion was on.  EXCITING, DANGEROUS and BLOODY TIMES INDEED.

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@Tino - cool deal...I have on my DVR and will get back to you this week with my thoughts. AMC is on a roll.

Hell on Wheels is getting better and better. 

From the "historical perspective" a lot can be said how that's interpreted and rendered, but HellonWheels is making a decent effort.  Gone are the days of "Cowboys & Indians" and everyone knew who were the good guys and the bad guys. More importantly history is the story of adaptation and survival on the individual, family, community, tribe, town, city, region...national...global level.

The "SWEDE" is the new and interesting character in terms of bad people in positions of power.  The talent scout who found and recommended him for the role had any eye for a spell-binding bad guy character.  He'll go far.

Another great episode on Sunday nite...and the plots thicken.

Enjoying a Hell on Wheels Marathon today.

Hell on Wheels has one more show tonight which will rap up the season. 

It's been a wicked ride through the a slice of history--Manifest Destiny...Westward expansion in North America.

This painting (circa 1872) by John Gast called American Progress, is an allegorical representation of the modernization of the new west. Here Columbia, a personification of the United States, leads civilization westward with American settlers, stringing telegraph wire as she sweeps west; she holds a school book. The different stages of economic activity of the pioneers are highlighted and, especially, the changing forms of transportation. Native Americans and animals flee in terror. (Wikipedia)

Hell on Wheels has a mix of story lines that depict the trials and tribulations of people involved with and affected by the building of a railroad destined to link East to West.


Stark reality kicked off the series with a revenge killing that set the tone for a hard look at how it use to be for settling scores after the Civil War and taming the Wild West.  Pioneers, good and bad, abound.

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