This show apparently is a case of the latter situation. When Peter Lorre graces the screen, one knows one's in for a morbid treat. Completely lucid, and completely insane, Lorre plays a former Confederate POW commandant who killed over 2500 prisoners over a six-year span - mind you, this show takes place four years after the surrender of the Confederacy, in 1869 - and still has seventeen prisoners remaining. Caged in a cave, holed up in an arroyo with only one way in or out, they supposedly man a cotton plantation with no cotton or cotton gins...let alone a rail link to market...far from cotton-growing land.
I won't go into the plot details; suffice it to say it's worth the watch. Nevertheless, the viewer will be relieved when this show is over. I'm going to watch a few episodes of Green Acres to lighten my mood now!