Historum - History Forums  

Go Back   Historum - History Forums > Themes in History > History in Films and on Television
Register Forums Blogs Social Groups Mark Forums Read

History in Films and on Television History in Films and on TV - Documentary Films, Historical Dramas, and history programs on PBS and the History Channel


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old August 23rd, 2012, 08:59 AM   #1

sturm's Avatar
миротворец
 
Joined: Jul 2009
From: Bulgaria
Posts: 8,885
Blog Entries: 1
Hell on wheels


Click the image to open in full size.

Even though im not the biggest fan of westerns i really like that TV series.
Anybody else watched Hell on Wheels?
sturm is offline  
Remove Ads
Old August 29th, 2012, 12:18 PM   #2

Fire_Raven's Avatar
Historian
 
Joined: Jul 2010
From: Oregon
Posts: 1,819

I need to catch up on season 2. It's pretty good even if using Canadian prairie for the Nebraska prairie occasionally leads to some amusing mistakes.
Fire_Raven is offline  
Old August 29th, 2012, 12:20 PM   #3
Citizen
 
Joined: Jul 2011
Posts: 44

I like it a lot. Would recommend it to anybody.
Mark is offline  
Old August 29th, 2012, 12:35 PM   #4

sturm's Avatar
миротворец
 
Joined: Jul 2009
From: Bulgaria
Posts: 8,885
Blog Entries: 1

Quote:
Originally Posted by Fire_Raven View Post
I need to catch up on season 2. It's pretty good even if using Canadian prairie for the Nebraska prairie occasionally leads to some amusing mistakes.
As a non-american im not as familiar with the regions over there, but im interested to ask, what kind of mistakes might be made?
sturm is offline  
Old August 29th, 2012, 12:53 PM   #5

Robert165's Avatar
Historian
 
Joined: Jan 2010
From: Brooklyn
Posts: 3,027

The plot seems a lot better this year. Last year had a good plot in theory, revenge, but for some reason it didn't play out too believably. It felt contrived, prolonged and staged. This year seems like there is more drama to the overall show.
Robert165 is offline  
Old October 21st, 2012, 11:59 PM   #6

Vintersorg's Avatar
Pseudo-American
 
Joined: Jul 2011
From: Belgium
Posts: 4,453
Blog Entries: 5

I've finally bought the dvd's and started watching it this weekend. It's been on my wishlist since I first heard about it (and I first heard about it in this very thread ).
I've only watched 3 episodes so far, and I'm absolutely loving it.
Colm Meaney once again gives the very best of himself.
And the Swede is a downright unsettling character
I can't wait to see the next few episodes.
Vintersorg is offline  
Old October 22nd, 2012, 05:52 AM   #7

Rasta's Avatar
Spiritual Ronin
 
Joined: Aug 2009
From: Minnesnowta
Posts: 20,780

I think it is a great series. I've only seen season 1. I like the grit and realism of the fighting.
Rasta is offline  
Old October 22nd, 2012, 07:55 PM   #8

skizzerflake's Avatar
Historian
 
Joined: Mar 2010
From: Baltimore, Maryland
Posts: 2,131

I really like it as a counterpart to the squeaky-clean westerns of past decades. Building the railroads was an ugly business and while HOW is definitely fictionalized, it's not too far from right. The real TC Durant (the author of the Credit Mobilier Scandal) was almost as much of a scoundrel as the one in the show and the tension between "natives", Irish immigrants, recently freed slaves and native Americans is somewhat right. Two thumbs up.
skizzerflake is offline  
Old October 25th, 2012, 04:04 PM   #9

Gudenrath's Avatar
Historian
 
Joined: May 2012
From: Denmark
Posts: 2,530
Blog Entries: 1

I caught some episodes from the first season on a Danish cable network recently. It is definitely a show that was inspired by Deadwood, same gritty realism and cynicism. However it seems to be much simpler in the plot, fewer main characters, and while there are some taboos crossed as opposed to regular US shows, racism, sex and realistic violence, it just doesn't seem that historic. It just seems to be tight little packages of dramatic plot readily understandable by even the most unread viewer.

In Deadwood there was moments where you literally wondered about what was going on, because their motives and characters was so alien to what any of us are used to. While Deadwood is perhaps an unreasonably high bar to set, I think the show brought it upon itself with its various obvious ripoffs, and unfortunately it just doesn't provide.

I haven't seen any episodes from the second season, but from reading the comments here it seems I should perhaps expect something better.

It is definitely above average in regards to American historical tv-shows, but I must admit I expected more than I recieved.
Gudenrath is offline  
Old November 7th, 2012, 04:22 PM   #10

ledzep's Avatar
Citizen
 
Joined: Nov 2012
From: CT
Posts: 4

I agree with Gudenrath. I haven't been able to forgive HBO for canceling Deadwood for 6 years, and although Hell On Wheels doesn't come close to filling that void, it is probably as good as it gets, especially on regular cable. I love a good western and am glad to see any non reality tv show do well. It only took 2 or 3 episodes to be put on my automatic DVR list and I look forward to the next season.
ledzep is offline  
Reply

  Historum > Themes in History > History in Films and on Television

Tags
hell, wheels


Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
What were the whirling wheels described in Ezekiel 10:13? Nick Ancient History 28 May 28th, 2014 07:20 AM
Military Vehicles of War-War Wheels unclefred War and Military History 3 December 17th, 2011 09:34 AM
The use of wheels in the Edo period Naomasa298 Asian History 13 March 2nd, 2011 06:09 AM
The sower, Arepo, skilfully guides the wheels Nick Ancient History 6 September 4th, 2009 04:48 PM

Copyright © 2006-2013 Historum. All rights reserved.