Wednesday, September 24, 2014

What I’m Watching: Hell on Wheels

Hell on Wheels: Season 4, Episode 8 “Under Color of Law” (B)

This was a substantial improvement over the two Elam-centric episodes, and, as expected, Elam is almost a distant memory who doesn’t really factor into anyone’s plotline. Cullen’s woes are entirely related to things that happened separate from Elam, and Eva dolling up the prisoner Elam brought back only used him as a way of introducing the character. Truth be told, it’s the best shape Eva’s been in a while, seeing someone who is like her and realizing that she’s now in a position to help her move become as much a part of society as she can and to set her in the right direction. Cullen’s Mormon marriage didn’t last too long, but at least Naomi is now in a place where she’s safe with her father and her community. Brigham Young’s trek with the Swede is very intriguing, particularly because Young is so sure that the Swede is not who he said he was and all he wanted from our exuberant Norwegian was a confession of his true identity. It took a while to get him there, but once he did it was obviously cathartic for both parties, and we’ll have to see what devious schemes Young has in mind to bring down Durant. Governor Campbell freeing Sydney Snow and making him marshal was a bold and questionable move, and there’s no way that’s going to lead to anything other than unrest. With just a few episodes to go this season, it’s hard to see how things can settle in Cheyenne.

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