Hell on Wheels: TV Review

For Hell on Wheels, AMC’s ambitious Western, there’s a lot of trouble to deal with right from the start -- present, past and future.

In the present, the pilot isn’t very good. It’s flat, has flashes of action, then ends with a thud. Which, in turn, brings up the past. If you’re going to make a Western, you’re going to be compared to Deadwood, the HBO gem, no matter what you do. What Hell on Wheels doesn’t need, at this point, are comparisons to such greatness. It’s not even close toDeadwood. Period. But for the series to avoid worrying about the troubles of the future -- when a staggering influx of Westerns are coming around the bend -- it needs to establish itself in a hurry and be a compelling drama in a crowded field. Read More...


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