STRANGE EMPIRE – Episode Seven Review – The Personal-Professional Mix

In its latest episode (November 24th), one of the themes that the new CBC Western series Strange Empire explored was the professional-personal dynamic that exists between specific characters. Set in the Alberta-Montana border region of 1869, the newest installment, entitled “The Oath”, examined the tension of when professional skills and personal sentiments collide. One of the strongest… Read More STRANGE EMPIRE – Episode Seven Review – The Personal-Professional Mix

STRANGE EMPIRE – Episode Six Review – Sources of Power

The sixth episode of CBC’s new Western series Strange Empire, entitled “Electricity”, debuted November 17th and while giving some story-time to emerging electronic communication (i.e. the telegraph) it was another source of power that drove plot-lines forward – that of legal authority. Set in 1869 in what will become the border region of Alberta-Montana, the… Read More STRANGE EMPIRE – Episode Six Review – Sources of Power

GREAT AMERICAN RAILROAD STORIES – NEW BOOK

A new book offers a look back at 75 years of railroad stories from America. Great American Railroad Stories (2014) contains articles originally published in Trains magazine, reaching back to the magazine’s launch in 1940. At over 50 stories and almost 300 pages, Great American Railroad Stories offers the reader a glimpse into the era… Read More GREAT AMERICAN RAILROAD STORIES – NEW BOOK

NEW EPISODES & SEASON RENEWAL FOR HELL ON WHEELS

After a five-week break, AMC’s Hell on Wheels returns tonight (November 8) with the first of three consecutive episodes to close out its fourth season. Launched in 2011, the Western series dramatizes the westward construction of the transcontinental Union Pacific railroad in the post-Civil War years. An ensemble cast is led by Anson Mount, who… Read More NEW EPISODES & SEASON RENEWAL FOR HELL ON WHEELS

STRANGE EMPIRE – REVIEW – EPISODE FIVE – The History in Her/Story

One of the opportunities that the new CBC Western series Strange Empire presents is the chance to explore aspects of North American Western history that may not be as well-known to an audience beyond a given group or region. Within the plot-line to the show’s fifth episode, which aired November 3rd, the lead character of… Read More STRANGE EMPIRE – REVIEW – EPISODE FIVE – The History in Her/Story