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post #781 of 788 Old 08-19-2015, 12:06 PM
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A movie? The show doesn't have enough of a following for that.

The season is building up to a Bohanon/Swede showdown and one of them has to go before the show ends.
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We may get the Swede Bohannon showdown sooner than I thought if the 2016 previews are any indication. Interesting season finale with a lot to cover whenever this does come back. I really hope it's before next summer.
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Looking forward to the 2016 season. However, one thing about this series has always annoyed me. I am a railroad buff, and the props they use for Hell on Wheels are laughable. This is a museum-quality restoration of an original Central Pacific (i.e. building West from the Great Plains) 4-4-0 wood-burning steam locomotive (Schenectady Locomotive Works):

Note the distinctive flared stack, which is a spark arrester that prevents burning wood coals from being expelled by the powered draft of the boiler firebox.

This is the 4-4-0 replica they use on the show, built entirely of wood, styrofoam, plywood, and airbrushed with faux finishes to look used and abused:

(The wheels are welded up from strap steel, they are the only metallic parts other than the brass bell.)

The Union Pacific (building East through the Sierras) used coal-burning locomotives (Rogers Locomotive and Machine Works):

....and the straight stack has no spark arrester as on a wood burner. The show got this wrong already, the partially disassembled UP loco that Bohannon transported by sled was unmistakably a wood-burner.

The Central Pacific "Jupiter" and the Union Pacific "119" were in fact used at the "Golden Spike" ceremony when the railroads united.

I mean, I understand why they do this: even these smaller locomotives weigh in at 20+ tons. You cannot lay some wooden ties on undisturbed sod and lay fake rails on the wood and then roll a real train over them. (Look at the track in the second photo.) The weight of the train would sink the ties into the earth and the train would likely derail. But you can push the lightweight train replica back and forth, then relocate your props, while not even killing the grass.

That's my main beef. The other has always been that this is a modern and PC version of the Old West, inhabited by contemporary characters. Contrast what you see on HOW to a more authentic series like HBO's Deadwood, which had higher production values, and strived for both historical accuracy and period-correct dialogue and behaviors.
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Sure wish they hadn't split the season,much too long of a break IMO
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Sure wish they hadn't split the season,much too long of a break IMO
I agree but unfortunately it is de rigueur at AMC these days.
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They wrote that epsiode like a season ender with a cliff hanger too. A lot going on in that episode to be resolved in the last batch in 2016.
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Yeah, felt like a season finale, which of course it is. A short season.

A few things surprised me. One was Bohannon giving into Brigham Young's extortion. Seems like he could have found out where the offshoot sect was without having to do resort to that, but it provided a plot device to get to the Great Race.

Another was OMG Eva! Didn't think she had that in her, although the bad whore kinda' had it comin'. It recalled the scene from an earlier episode where Young told her she was "one of them". Guess now she really is.

I'll have to read up on history to see if Brigham Young was really assaulted by one of his sons, or if they made that completely up in service of the story. Assume that the saga of the Swede will finally end at the beginning of "next" season. Chris Heyerdahl has been a dependable villain throughout the run.

And the remainder of the series will concentrate on the race to the Terminus. Go U.P.!
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Another was OMG Eva! Didn't think she had that in her, although the bad whore kinda' had it comin'. It recalled the scene from an earlier episode where Young told her she was "one of them". Guess now she really is.
I thought Eva shot her treacherous whore, Josie, because she had been painted into a corner. Mickey's cousin was clearly sampling Josie's wares and was doing everything he could to undermine Eva's authority. Eva finally figured out that the only way to keep Mickey in her corner was to recover the money and either get Josie under control or get rid of her. After Josie cut Eva, the handwriting was on the wall.

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I'll have to read up on history to see if Brigham Young was really assaulted by one of his sons, or if they made that completely up in service of the story. Assume that the saga of the Swede will finally end at the beginning of "next" season. Chris Heyerdahl has been a dependable villain throughout the run.
So far as I know none of Brigham Young's children ever tried to kill him.
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