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Hell on Wheels: Season 4
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In Season 4 of AMC's top-rated drama, Hell freezes over. Following the brutal winter of 1868, the railroad is at a standstill and restless workers wreak havoc on Cheyenne. Cullen Bohannon is trapped in a fort with a pregnant wife and the Swede. Thomas Durant is broke and Elam Ferguson is presumed dead. The task of uniting America by rail remains undone and the costs and consequences are rising, for everyone.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 7.52 Ounces
- Director : David Von Ancken
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
- Run time : 9 hours and 19 minutes
- Release date : August 11, 2015
- Actors : Anson Mount, Common, Jennifer Ferrin
- Studio : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B00XWV8WWM
- Number of discs : 3
- Best Sellers Rank: #35,355 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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5 stars for the show. 1 star for the contract negotiations with AMC (or whoever)... Like others, I am wondering where Episode 8 is... I only recently cut the cord and starting watching certain shows "a la carte"... I even emailed customer service to inquire and here is an excerpt from the reply email...
"I have checked and found that "Hell On Wheels" (season 4 episode 8) is not provided by the content provider. Please know that our developers are working on it and try to make it available as soon as possible.
I'm afraid, I may not be able to promise you a time line by which it will be available on list, as this totally depend on our agreements with content provider.
We are working to expand our Amazon Instant Video service to a broader selection in the future. "
Like several other people on here, it looks like I might have to jump to iTunes for this one... Sorry Amazon... Get those contracts worked out... Especially before Walking Dead season 5... I am fortunate as I was buying episodes one at a time. I feel bad for people who bought the season pass...
As if killing Elam off isn’t enough for viewers to take; later on Ruth Cole (AKA “The Church Lady”) who’s been a regular since Season 1 shoots Sydney Snow, a former Confederate soldier from Bohannon’s past now turned outlaw. Snow shows up in Cheyenne on the run from Mexicans who tried to string him up when the audience first meets him for a “misunderstanding” with a senorita. At first he seems harmless enough but later while dodging the angry Mexicans he shoots up the general store, kills some bystanders and winds up in jail. Then, unbelievably the governor makes him Marshal and deputizes other jailbirds to replace the previously killed Marshal and deputy. This doesn’t go well and later after Bohannon’s run him out of town he returns and sets fire to the church with folks inside and the orphan boy Ezra whom Ruth’s adopted is killed. Bohannon goes through ridiculous lengths to save Snow to keep Ruth from being tried for murder but to no avail. This plot device plays out over two slow and painful episodes; Ruth confesses her true feelings for Bohannon and they spend a lot of time talking and not saying much. There’s a trial and although everyone understands her motives and a pardon is offered she refuses and is hung… scratch two more players from the cast. Unless your name is Bohannon or Durant you are not safe on HOW!
It’s a gory and seemingly more violent season as well; we’re treated to scalping, vicious beatings, knifings, and a very graphic below knee amputation of the aforementioned Mr. Snow, as well as an eye gouging. That said despite the savagery of attacks on Durant and Bohannon they are later hardly worse for the wear diluting any sense of reality. Maybe to lighten the mood we’re also witness to a silly mud wrestling brawl between Durant and Campbell that was completely unnecessary making it all somewhat cartoonish.
It’s become de rigueur for shows to have a character who is gay and last season we met crusading newspaper editor Louise Ellison (Jennifer Ferrin) who was pretty clearly a lesbian. For mysterious reasons she presents herself at Gov. Campbell’s hotel room and they sleep together (more than once) so I guess she’s bisexual. All this is fine but does nothing to advance the story line and offers no key plot development. Her sexual orientation seems to serve no purpose other than to pander to an increasingly vocal minority.
In addition, Mickey McGinnis is displaced from his casino by the governor under eminent domain. Mickey calls in reinforcements from his cousin and associates from the delightful Five Points area of New York to help him set things right. A group of Irish thug extras from the set of “Gangs of New York” show up and more mayhem ensues when it’s obvious Mickey can’t control them.
And then the good old Swede manages to dodge fate again and is enlisted by no less than Brigham Young for some nefarious plot to take control of the railroad. To top things off after all else that’s happened Bohannon quits the railroad for what has to be the third or fourth time in the series.
HOW is presently airing its two-part fifth and final season wrapping things up and it’s probably a good thing. While it will be sad to lose one of the few Western shows in production I think it’s time has come.
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Flawed hero Cullen Bohannan is torn between family responsibilities and the railroad, especially now the Government has sent officials to restore law and order in Cheyenne. That allegedly is their aim, but they are mainly intent on feathering their own nests with nothing short of a complete taking over. Adding to tension is the arrival of smiling psychopath Sydney Snow, a war veteran with a craving to kill....
Necessarily there is much violence, it so involving that the impact of certain deaths is very deeply felt. Emphasis, though, is on exploring the motives of the people involved. Some have been dehumanized by past suffering, Civil War having left everlasting emotional scars. Revelations and flashbacks help explain how so many became what they now are.
Anson Mount is superb as Cullen - his past full of killing, he striving to find other answers to problems that come his way. Many others deserve special mention, particularly Christopher Heyerdahl's mesmerizingly manic Swede - one of life's survivors, identity and appearance ever changing as he continues to hoodwink and murder.
Visually HELL ON WHEELS is stunning, as a community convincingly tries to rise rise out of mud. In big ways and small, there is so much to impress. Take Episode 6, for example, so different from all that preceded and follows, we harrowingly to learn what befell a key character. Amongst minor matters, but memorably portrayed, is that hangman and his tiny young helper - both appropriately garbed, solemn and courteous, professional to their fingertips. This is just an instance of attention to detail that helps make "Hell on Wheels" what it is.
Generous bonuses, the featurettes on all thirteen episodes particularly interesting.
Well justified is the praise lavished on an uncompromising series so rugged and fine.
Roll on series 5 which a host of new challenges and many more new characters.