Saturday, September 28, 2013

(Spoilers) Hell on Wheels: S3E9 "Fathers and Sins" Impressions

***SPOILER WARNING: Spoilers may be found in the post below about VARIOUS ITEMS. And I'm going to add in a bit of filler text here to limit how much of the main article gets shown in a preview. That should take care of most of it. Hopefully. And away we go. SPOILER WARNING. ***

Second last episode of the season. That went by quick. Finale's next week and this week's a setup for it.

Overview
The railroad is approaching Cheyenne, Durant's town, and there's a good chance that it can be completed in time for Bohannon to keep his job. Durant built the town with funding from Margaret Palmer -- the female rancher -- and she wants him to make nice with Bohannon, so makes him send out an invitation for lunch. On the way with Elam, Bohannon, and Ezra are attacked by a group of Mormons. Among them is the father from the second episode -- the father of the boy who was hung for, allegedly, killing the railroad's chief of police.

Big shoot out, Bohannon gets captured, and quite a few townsfolk are killed. No key characters die. Elam goes back to finish the railroad as requested by Bohannon with plans to find him afterwards.

Elam's still getting drunk, Eva is living in the hotel with Louise Ellison (reporter), Durant's alive, and Margaret Palmer's alive. Ruth thinks about leaving, but is sticking around for now. Oh, and Eva comes onto Louise Ellison.

Highlights
Forget the gunfight, Eva came onto Ms. Ellison! Apparently, Ellison's not a believer in God, and Eva's seen the way she's been looking at her. Nothing happens and its passed off as a misunderstanding, but it seems like Ms. Ellison is indeed into the ladies. Considering it's the mid-19th century, I'm curious how that one would play out.

Oh, and nice gunfight in the town. Bohannon must have killed at least 3 people, and he has both the invincibility and marksmanship of Clint Eastwood.

Biggest revelation is that Bohannon admits to Elam that he never freed his slaves before the war. Back in season 1, I think, he told someone that he freed all of his slaves back on his plantation in Mississippi before the war.

Review-ish
Good episode and a nice setup to the season 3 finale coming up next week. Bohannon is back in chains and under trial again -- I can't tell if this is an ongoing theme meant to emphasize his troubled life or just the stories that the writers keep coming up with. Entertaining episode with a mix of character development and action. No slow-mo and kill-cam is good with me.

The potential development with Ms. Ellison and Eva is pretty interesting -- not just because I'm male. Wonder if they'll actually keep that going or if it just didn't happen. I initially thought that Ms. Ellison was going to replace Lily, but this development might explain why nothing's happened. The thing going on between Ruth and Bohannon seems to be developing -- in retrospect, it's been building over the entire season.

Speaking of the trial: the guy kills the chief of police of the railroad, throws his son under the bus when he's caught, and now blames it on someone else. He doesn't seen that upset that his land was seized now either. Wow. From the preview scenes, it looks like Bohannon will be meeting the born again Mr. Swede.

Here's to another season. It's been pretty good and I really hope it gets renewed.


Related
Hell on Wheels: S3E5 "Searchers" Impressions
Hell on Wheels: S3E6 "One Less Mule" Impressions
Hell on Wheels: S3E7 "Cholera" Impressions
Hell on Wheels: S3E8 "It Happened In Boston" Impressions
Hell on Wheels: S3E10 "Get Behind The Mule" Impressions

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