Originally Posted by BlackyShimSham
No one wants to talk about the giant limp cock that was the Hell on Wheels finale?
This dopey and lovesick angle with Colm Meany is doing his character NO FAVORS. The Swede, once formidable, has been completely castrated. Scene after scene and episode after episode of him being completely outmatched, plus an anecdotal story about his wife leaving him? Common continues to be clothed vapor.
Tom Noonan is -precidtably - the show's redeeming factor. Him giving Cullen the absolute wrong advice was my favorite sequence of the season.
I guess I am far to forgiving of this show, I actually enjoyed the finale and felt it was a fitting cap to the season.
Bohanon killing the wrong man was a bit heavy handed but the fastest way to illustrate his characters predicament. He has been confronted with a second chance with Lily, but knows he is not deserving of a second chance after attempting his vengeance. Now that his vengeance has been rendered impotent, he is purely adrift, where he goes from here is interesting to me.
Common's character has assumed Bohanons position within the camp. His reluctance to marry his love seemed perfectly reasonable to me. He has just now attained a position in society that he could not of dreamed of a short time before, he wants to see where it leads before tying himself to a woman and family. Her accosting him on his hypocrasy was appropriate and his choices further down the road also are interesting to me.
Our fair haired woman is still feeling over a bit cliched, predictable love triangle, scrappy heroine and all that jazz. The way they overstated her looking for Bohannon at the dance was poor direction in my opinion. But she does have a screen presence and is quite lovely, I am willing to give her more time to develop something interesting.
Colm Meany is pure cliche, I am hoping that maybe we get something to humanize him. His attraction to Lily is understandable. I think if they fully develop his need to be understood and appreciated he will become a more compelling character.
The Swedes fall has played out in slow motion, I think it would have had more impact if it had been more sudden and he had fallen from a greater height. I get what they are doing, developing a hell hound to pursue Bohannon. But I think they may have removed too many of his teeth before making his turn.
The preachers daughter and Josephs romance is forced and boring. They should shelve that, it does not feel organic, just shoe horned in. Joseph could become a far more interesting character to me if he truly betrayed his people for either his Christianity, the preachers daughter or both.
Anyway, I am looking forward to next season. I dont think this is a great show, but it has potential.