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Pilot (6 Nov. 2011)

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



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William (as Jesse Libscombe)
Daniel Johnson
Diego Diablo Del Mar ...
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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16:9 HD
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This episode stars Tom Noonan and Ted Levine, both of whom have played villains in a Hannibal Lecter film. Noonan played Francis Dollarhyde (aka The Tooth Fairy) in Manhunter (1986), with Brian Cox as Lecter, and Levine played Jame Gumb (aka Buffalo Bill) in The Silence of the Lambs (1991) with Anthony Hokpins as Lecter. See more »


While on the train, the man asks Cullen if he is a gunslinger. "Gunslinger" wasn't a term used in the time period. Gunmen or less common gunfighter would be the usual terms used at the time See more »


[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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Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior
Written by Frances J. Crosby
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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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