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A New Foreman on 'Hell on Wheels' (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 14th 2011 8:00AM
'Hell on Wheels' S01/E02'Hell on Wheels' (Sun., 10PM ET on AMC) has ambitious plans to tell the story of the epic 19th-century construction project that was the building of the transcontinental railroad. This week Bohannon (Anson Mount) tries to convince Durant (Colm Meaney) that he's the best man for the job of foreman because he knows all about the engineering principles involved in constructing things like bridges.

And why is that? Because, as he says, with an embarrassed grin, he was really good at blowing stuff up in the Civil War. Now, telling your hopefully soon-to-be boss that you have destroyed some of his finest creations isn't a strategy we'd necessarily advocate pursuing, but if you try it and it fails, then maybe you could fall back on Bohannon's next strategy: Blackmail. He has dirt on Durant and implies that he's not afraid to use it.

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Hard to believe the creators could take the wild West -- replete with robber barons, gunslingers, knife-wielding ex-slaves, Indians in war paint, etc. -- and make it dull. Yet somehow they have succeeded in ******* the life out of one of the most colorful periods in American history. Check out the weather channel; you'll have more fun.

November 20 2011 at 4:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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