Hell on Wheels: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (6 Nov. 2011)

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A former confederate soldier journeys to the transcontinental railroad to seek vengeance.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
William (as Jesse Libscombe)
Daniel Johnson
Robert Bell


A former confederate soldier journeys to the transcontinental railroad to seek vengeance.

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Drama | Western


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6 November 2011 (USA)  »

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[first lines]
Priest's Voice: Unburden yourself, my son.
Union Soldier: I was with General Sherman on his march south. What we did... evil, unspeakable things.
Priest's Voice: You were a soldier. You were following orders.
Union Soldier: No. They were not just orders. We opened a dark door, and the Devil stepped in.
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Hell on Wheels Main Title
Written by Gustavo Santaolalla
Performed by Kevin Kiner and Gustavo Santaolalla
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7 November 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was definitely disappointed in the reviews that this was show was getting. I just want o say it was nowhere near as bad or dull. The Pilot was definitely not perfect, and it had some flaws, but overall, I am intrigued enough to continue watching. The lead actor was also pretty good, although there was one moment where he was laughable and it was his scream of 'NO!' when they murder someone with information at the end. It was just hilarious. Other than that, he was no more weaker than the lead for The Walking Dead (who I dislike a lot and brings the show down). I also don't know why people are acting like this is the first AMC Pilot to not be amazing. I did not find it bad, but opposed to that, I never found the Pilot for The Killing or even Rubicon that strong, although The Killing's was definitely weaker and Rubicon got much better as it went along. So I give it a solid 8/10.

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