AMC’s ‘Hell on Wheels’ returns strong

June 13, 2016

AMC’s ‘Hell on Wheels’ returns strong, ‘American West’ not so much

By Rob Lowman, Los Angeles Daily News

AMC has paired Robert Redford’s docudrama “The American West” with “Hell on Wheels,” and you can easily understand why.Website Insert 5000 New Seats copy

The latter, which begins the second half of its fifth and final season Saturday, is a drama about the building of the first transcontinental railroad after the Civil War. One of the characters is a fictionalized version of Thomas Durant (played wonderfully by Colm Meaney), who was once head of the Union Pacific Railroad.

The railroads play a significant role — and the real Durant to a small degree — in “The American West,” which chronicles the years from 1865 to 1890 when the United States (rightly and wrongly) fulfilled its manifest destiny.

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