Friday, August 24, 2012

What I’m Watching: Hell on Wheels

Hell on Wheels: Season 2, Episode 2 “Durant, Nebraska” (B+)

This is that necessarily installment of a show, early in the season, where everything somehow has to settle back down to normal. Fortunately, it’s full of rich character development. Watching Cullen and Durant talking about playing god and who the devil is in their particular deal was especially fascinating. It’s good to see Durant doing his own dirty work, though that comes with the possibility of being choked out by your captive or maybe even getting drunk and shooting him by accident. Lily is getting stuff done in a big way in Hell on Wheels, providing shelter to the former residents of Durant via McGuinness and hiring Elam to exact justice for the murdered prostitutes. This new war with the Sioux will likely be a major plot point this season, which should give Joseph a prominent role again and Durant a new headache with which to contend. Reverend Cole is continuing his downward descent, and Ruth and Joseph are going to have to work to keep him in line given his increased fervor. Cullen sure got himself a good deal, just moments away from being shot by firing squad when Durant came in and rescued him. Cullen’s return to Hell on Wheels made many heads turn, literally, and the look on the Swede’s face was particularly telling. Durant bringing Cullen back means that he needs to whip things into shape, which normally wouldn’t be an easy task but shouldn’t be too much of a problem for the talented Mr. Bohannon.

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