I Love This Show

It’s no secret that I love a good Western, and “Hell On Wheels” is the best made for the small screen since “Deadwood.”  I grew up with TV Westerns that were true to the mythology of the American West, but these two shows attempt to portray a more historically accurate picture, and I like that better.  The characters are more nuanced than those we enjoyed mid 20th century—much more interesting—which gives the story some depth, a flawed hero in the classical sense. 

Granted he’s no Prince of Denmark, but he’s involved in world-changing events and the times are certainly out of joint.  There’s enough graphic bloodshed to satisfy a zombie lover, no skimping on the sex, and enough sexual tension between the tortured hero and the feisty heroine to satisfy the ardent romance fan.  (That would be me.)

Yes, that’s a ring on her finger, but she’s a widow.  He’s a widower.  Played by Anson Mount (I like this guy), Cullen Bohannon is a former Confederate who’s out to avenge the murder of his wife and child.  They meet in Hell On Wheels, a ramshackle end-of-tracks camp site for the Union Pacific, and they’re both beholden to the man in charge of laying down tracks come hell or high water.  The supporting characters have rich stories of their own, and it’s a good cast. 

Common—hip-hp star in his other life—plays Elam Ferguson, a former slave trying to carve out some kind of a foothold in a world that’s almost post-apocalyptic, as close to every man for himself as he’s ever seen.  (I like this guy, too.)

There are only a couple more episode left of Season 2, and who knows whether there’ll be a Season 3?  The love scene fans have been waiting for finally materialized last week, and, yes, it was worth the wait.

What’s your favorite TV drama these days?  What do you like about it? 

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About Kathleen Eagle

Kathleen Eagle is the award-winning, New York Times best-selling author of over forty novels.
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11 Responses to I Love This Show

  1. Sonya Heaney says:

    Okay, so I’ve never heard of that show! Maybe it’s on a channel I don’t pay for here in Australia.
    I hardly watch television anymore! If I do, it’s when I catch an episode of Homeland or Sons of Anarchy by accident. For some reason I tend to watch the dramas instead of the comedies.
    I think I’ve become sick of shows that lose the plot after season one or two!

  2. loisgreiman says:

    I haven’t heard of this either, Kathy. But I’m intrigued. You know I love me a good cowboy. Or…you know…a bad cowboy.

  3. michelehauf says:

    I did not realize Common was in this! I have to check it out. I love that man. I’ve been told my hubby would like it (he’s pouting because Sons Of Anarchy doesn’t have new eps out) so maybe the two of us will have to check it out soon. Hope it’s on NetFlix!

  4. Christie Ridgway says:

    I watched the first season and really enjoyed, started Season 2 but then missed watching. Will have to catch up. I really enjoy it too (and loved Deadwood once I got past the bad language). Two of my fave shows haven’t started yet (The Good Wife and Revenge) but I tried Revolution and am enjoying it. It’s good to watch while on the treadmill!

  5. Linda says:

    I like this show when I remember to record it to watch when I am home. I think I like it better then Deadwood because there is not as much foul language. Deadwood used the F bomb in every sentence it seemed.

    • Hi, Linda–
      I had trouble with Deadwood at first, too. Only saw a couple of episodes of the first season. Who was I supposed to like in that bunch? Gave it another try well into the second season and found the characters to be much more interesting. And Deadwood’s place in history has always been fascinating.

  6. kylie brant says:

    I like westerns too. My son told me about one on Sundays night I think on ABC and I’ve forgotten the name 😦 but have been watching it. Sort of a revenge story with an overarching plot.

  7. I don’t watch anything regularly….I’ll sit with my dh just to be sociable, but soon wander off. Luckily, he has other company: our Border collie will drape himself across Larry’s lap for as long as he watches something on TV.

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