Hell on Wheels Recap: Fight Night

Okay, first things first. This episode did nothing to explain why The Swede was scrubbing the floor naked last week. Sorry, Swede lovers. Instead, "Bread and Circuses" was all half-naked Common and half-naked Anson Mount working through hundreds of years of slavery with their fists while proving that building a railroad is much more effective than P90X.

But first we meet a half-naked Cheyenne, whose flabby chest suggests he could use a few swings of the hammer himself. He’s taking part in a Sun Dance ceremony, which has a lot less dancing and lot more chest piercings than its name implies. For the first time, Hell on Wheels shows the Cheyenne as more than marauding madmen singularly obsessed with scalping whitey. It’s a welcome change of pace that would have been a whole lot more welcome if they didn’t speak English. Come on. Subtitles can’t be that expensive. Read More...


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Dec 13, 2011 10:57PM EST

I don't think they need to explain why Swede was scrubbing his floor naked so soon. Do we really need to be spoon fed everything? It offered another glimpse of his complex character that I'm looking forward to watching unravel.

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