Hell on Wheels Review: Catch That Kid

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You'd think the beginning of this Hell on Wheels episode was really just a Western version of the Maury Povich show with Declan Toole and Elam Ferguson claiming their familial ties to the baby, all while the crowds of workers shout around them and Cullen Bohannon attempted to keep order. It was an out of control madhouse.

Of course, the posturing of both sides was settled by the ever annoying Thomas Durant, offering up a reward for the missing child. Suspicious? This is Durant we're talking about.

But, oh wait, doesn't the town need to move before the bad weather sets in? Pretty sure the baby needs to be saved first before anything happens.

Hunting a Criminal

And thus, "Searchers" spent a majority of its time on finding the kidnapped kid, illustrating just how far Ferguson was willing to go and the possible wrong path Sean McGinnes might be headed down.

That last aspect was perhaps the most interesting of the hour, especially because we've seen the McGinnes brother already make a deal with the wiley Durant. You'd think after Bohannon called him out the first time, he'd wise up and quit.

Except he took it one step further to help Durant with the missing baby. Even Mickey has taken notice and seems to be distancing himself from his brother Sean. Yet, Mickey still tried to warn his brother to get on Bohannon's side before everything goes south.

I'm curious to see how their relationship unfolds (or falls apart) as things continue and Durant tries once again to undermine Bohannon. In fact, Bohannon might not be so forgiving again.

The rest of the episode consisted of Ferguson and Bohannon riding around on their horses, hunting for the baby. And when the two finally caught up to the baby (alive and well), the two became the nurturing type. Definitely a softer side to these hardened men.

The whole side adventure for these two felt reminiscent or on some level a nod to the 1956 film, "The Searchers," essentially about a group of men hunting for an abducted girl. So, while John Wayne didn't get to ride into the hour and the Native Americans weren't the kidnappers, Ferguson provided that determination to find his daughter.

And I liked that he called up Bohannon on his revenge journey of killing the men who killed his family. It was a similar circumstance, Ferguson trying to do what he felt was right. So, it was good to see Bohannon, without really saying anything, acknowledge it. There's something about doing everything for your family that you can.

While I predicted that Ferguson would accuse Declan Toole of his involvement with the baby (and he did), it was Psalms who was given the task of beating the crap out of him. But the whole scene just felt unneeded. It did reveal Toole was a cop from New York, but of course, not that he was guilty of anything. Just something to give Psalms to do for the episode.

Yet, while the episode meandered around before finally deciding to move the town, I loved the Swede reading a passage to voiceover the characters in the rain soaked area. There was a feeling of impending doom, ominous change or a future that isn't so bright.

Once again, his character barely does anything and yet commands his scenes with such a creep factor that he can keep you on the edge of your seat with the possibility he just might do something crazy.

So, while we can't prove who actually is the father of Eva's baby … at least the child is back safe and sound. Now, everyone can get back to work on the railroad.


Editor Rating: 3.3 / 5.0
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Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.


Loving this season but this episode was weak, probably because it was so Elam-centric. I just don't care about him or his bothersome wife and child tbh. Bores me to tears. I'd be much happier if Eva took the baby and run off back to New York with Toole. The only interesting part of this hour was The Swede ramping the creep factor up another few notches. It's quite obvious he's going to kill the Mormon father and steal his identity as a "Bishop", but I'm very intrigued as to whether he'll spare the little lad. He seems genuinely fond of him.


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The reporter girl is ugly and has no purpose on this show. I wish they would of never killed the blonde from last season. They need to bring in a woman for bohannon cuz the railroad story is gettingboring


Such a fan of Seasons 1&2....but so far Season 3 is super slow and dare I say this? Boring. Between the constant close ups of Anson Mount and his permanent Clint Eastwood impression (surely he has more than that one squint eye
look in his bag of acting tricks) and the inability of this Season to come up with a more complex story line.....geezy peezy I found myself flipping channels during yet another one of Swedes monologues! And I love me some badman Swede....that's when I had to admit so far Season 3 is boring me and leaving me feeling let down each Saturday. Can only hope all this slow moving foreplay pays off soon.

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