The Native plot elements:
HELL ON WHEELS 1.01 'Pilot'
Cullen Bohannon joins the transcontinental construction crew to find the men who murdered his wife.
By Blair Marnell
Some reactions to this:
Hell on Wheels: Can We Forgive and Forget Slavery?
By Brian Moylan
The thing that really puts this in a strange perspective is that the show seems to demand a racial sensitivity from the white characters in the story toward the black workers, but it's no big deal if they go around killing the Native Americans who attack them. When Lily (flinty Brit Dominique McElligott) and her husband Robert are attacked by a tribe, the killers are shown as the bloodthirsty villains, and we aren't meant to pass any harsh judgment on Lily, even though she grisly murders one of the "Indians" with his own arrow. Maybe it's because the Indian was a killer and we're operating with no moral compass other than "an eye for an eye." But was it wrong for them to kill these people who are trying to take their land? It seems like it's OK to be racist towards Native Americans but not black people. Does that seem right?
By Greg Evans
Photographed in the same trendy, desaturated look of AMC’s much better “The Walking Dead,” the show costumes itself in revisionism but seems no deeper than “Gunsmoke.”
For more on the subject, see TV Shows Featuring Indians.