Originally Posted by keg in kc
That's a point that probably needs to be reinforced every time a new show hits the air. We're so instant gratification, culturally now, that if a show isn't the best thing ever starting with the pilot, we write it off. I don't have anything specific in mind as I say that, but I bet there's a long list of programs in the last decade that have gotten cancelled, continued to air a couple of episodes and gotten really good right as they gasp out their last breath.
Shows sometimes take time to find their legs. And, hell, sometimes shows start off great and go into the shitter.
I say all this without watching Hell on Wheels. It's just a general commentary...
I agree. Back in the day X-Files got a 70 episode pilot run. That would never happen. Some of my favorite shows ever, X-Files, Seinfeld, and Cheers had horrible or slow/iffy first seasons.
Other shows like Lost and Arrested Development shot off from the start.
Originally Posted by Barrymore50
I liked it--I thought there were some clunker lines (especially Colm Meaney's long speech at the end, including predictions of the future of America becoming a world power), but overall it was decent. The relationships of the characters is pretty predictable (slave will become Bohannon's friend, cute blonde British wife (widow) will become his love interest eventually).
I presonally liked the speech at the end.