Tuesday, August 26, 2014

What I’m Watching: Hell on Wheels

Hell on Wheels: Season 4, Episode 4 “Reckoning” (B)

This was a decent episode, but I didn’t find it to be terribly consistent with the hours that preceded it. That’s mainly true regarding Ruth, who I’ve always found to be a great character but who here aired her thoughts about Jesus Christ and eternal damnation for those who don’t believe a bit too publicly and arrogantly. Sure, she reached out to Naomi and invited her to come to services after to apologize, but it didn’t fit with her character that she would start out being so embarrassed by her loud, rude comments. Meanwhile, Durant was more polite than ever before, generously opening up his home to Eva, offering to give her money and returning to take sexual favors as payment, saying instead that they were friends. I’m not sure that’s the case, but Durant does have just as many allies as he has enemies. Cullen, meanwhile, is continuing his annual return to prominence, seen as the most competent man around by just about everyone, even able to make the most of an ill-advised run in with Indians. Campbell seems determined to show Mickey who’s boss, and I don’t think that he’s a problem that will go away so easily. Speaking of such things, the Swede doesn’t seem ready to be out of the picture just yet, sticking to his story and going head to head with Aaron ready to keep up the charade for as long as possible and ensure that his religious zeal continues to influence the Mormon people.

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