Hell on Wheels: We Have Trains

For a show about building a railroad, Hell on Wheels sure has been judicious with its use of trains. Before last night’s episode, I was ready to rename it Hell on Hooves because, you know, there are more horses than trains. But then "Pride, Pomp and Circumstance" arrived bellowing enough black smoke to warrant a visit from the EPA. We’ve got trains.

Senator Jordan Crane, whom we met way back in the pilot, arrives on the first train. Durant is stumbling over himself to get a piss-poor brass section and a photographer in place for his arrival. Crane shows up, the band stumbles through ten seconds of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic," and Durant’s transformation from the boisterous manipulator to total doofus is complete. Read More...



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