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Old August 23rd, 2012, 08:59 AM   #1

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

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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.
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Old August 29th, 2012, 12:20 PM   #3
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I like it a lot. Would recommend it to anybody.
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Old August 29th, 2012, 12:35 PM   #4

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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?
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Old August 29th, 2012, 12:53 PM   #5

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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.
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Old October 21st, 2012, 11:59 PM   #6

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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.
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Old October 22nd, 2012, 05:52 AM   #7

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

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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.
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Old October 25th, 2012, 04:04 PM   #9

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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.
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Old November 7th, 2012, 04:22 PM   #10

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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.
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