AMC’s often overlooked middle child, the historical fiction Hell on Wheels, may not garner near the amount of attention of peers like Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead and Mad Men, but this second season shows a series getting more comfortable with itself. Set in the mid-1800’s along the still under construction Transcontinental Railroad, former Confederate officer Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount) continues to deal with corrupt politicians, a crew of dangerous misfits that populate the temporary town, train robbers and pissed off native Americans. The writing and acting are solid, but the impressive Wild West scenery takes almost as much credit for helping to make this show so entertaining. With Breaking Bad and Mad Men closing up shop soon, Hell on Wheels may finally get to take center stage for a while. At least until the Walking Dead returns.
Hell on Wheels – The Complete Second Season/3 DVDs/430 mins./Entertainment One/2013
Hell on Wheels – The Complete Second Season (DVD)