^I did NOT like the first episode. The pilot makes it seem like the entire series is just about violence and revenge. YUCK; not my cup of tea at all. But hubby insisted on watching the next episode, so I watched it with him. Lo and behold, the series takes a left turn; it becomes about the characters, the people at the work camp, and all the strange "politics" of that tiny world. It's really fascinating.
If you liked Deadwood, you'll probably also like Hell on Wheels.