* AwesomeMusic: The score by Music/BasilPoledouris which won an Emmy.
* CompleteMonster: Blue Duck is a half-breed Indian who prowls the wilderness outside the towns. Feared by all who know him, Blue Duck is a slaver who kidnaps those he can and sells them for a tidy sum, especially women. Blue Duck kidnaps the HookerWithAHeartOfGold Lori and allows his companions to rape her on a daily basis, splitting her between his Indian and cowboy followers. When one of his men is gut shot, Blue Duck refuses to let any other put the henchman out of his misery and even allows his Indian followers to castrate and scalp him, with barely concealed amusement. Blue Duck murders several other people, including a luckless child who crosses his path and after his initial escape, he is found in a jail later sentenced to hang. Unwilling to die like that, Blue Duck seizes a guard and throws the two of them out of the window, unwilling to die without taking someone with him.
* NightmareFuel: At the end of the first episode, as the cattle drive is crossing a river, they encounter a swarm of water moccasins which attack and kill one man. The last shot of the episode is a snake biting his cheek.
* SpecialEffectsFailure: The storm in the first part, especially the lightning effects.
* TearJerker: [[AnyoneCanDie Too many to list.]]