Wednesday, July 13, 2016

What I’m Watching: Hell on Wheels

Hell on Wheels: Season 5, Episode 10 “61 Degrees” (B)

This episode was much more scientific than I might have expected, but that’s also because the railroad is evolving as its engineers and workers continue to try to blaze ahead while they’re so far behind. Using nitroglycerin was definitely a bold and dangerous move, but Cullen has never been afraid of revolutionary ideas. Strobridge was a much more formidable opponent for Cullen than Durant in many ways since he actually has reason on his side and doesn’t try to just intimidate him into submission. His objections to Cullen’s plans were legitimate, and he paid for not going along with the plan by being cruelly fired in front of his family by an emotionless Huntington. Cullen’s affair with Mei has turned into something much bigger, and it’s clear that they share a deep connection which is only going to serve to get both of them in trouble. Durant’s scheming past is coming back to haunt him, and it’s a shame that he turned right away to more deviousness instead of going the honest route that he managed to convince Maggie he planned on following going forward. Hiring Mickey to stage a ransom demand to right his wrongs was absolutely the worst decision he could have made, especially since a trigger-happy Shea managed to shoot and kill an innocent man in the process. Leaving Louise alive was a relief, but this is one mess that is not going to clean itself up and is going to end up bloodily and badly for everyone involved.

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