Tag Archives: Boardwalk Empire

THE ASCENDANCY OF TELEVISION

I checked out Heath Lowrance’s blog today and came across this interesting post. He discussed the AMC television series, Hell On Wheels, a revenge-driven rip-snorter of a western series harkening back to the golden age of movie westerns. He also mentioned he has resisted getting cable up till now, preferring instead to buy the DVD boxed […]

YOU CAN’T BE HALF A GANGSTER ANYMORE, NUCKY.

Good news, Nucky fans. Boardwalk Empire, the stunning HBO series centered around Atlantic City in the early 1920s, has been renewed for a third season. For the uninitiated, the story arc deals with the dawn of Prohibition and the resulting birth of nationally-organized crime. The birth, as we learn, was difficult. The gangsters groped around […]

SLOW DOWN ALREADY!

You know, just because Warren Harding is elected president doesn’t mean we have to rush headlong toward the climax of Boardwalk Empire‘s season one. I mean, Harding’s not exactly checking his watch, waiting for us in the lobby of the Ritz-Carlton. Take it easy, guys! You rammed a lot of things into this episode which […]

BE STILL, WOMAN!

What’s the deal with Margaret? Doesn’t she understand how good Nucky’s been to her? She ought to be thanking him every night and day instead of mouthing off to him. I mean, just because she can vote now doesn’t mean she’s got any say in becoming pregnant, right? Maybe Eli is right when he says […]

BUT WHAT ABOUT THE COMMODORE?

The Boardwalk Empire train continues to roll toward season’s end. This episode found Margaret further embedding herself in Nucky’s organization, despite all her moral qualms. The relationship between her and Nucky is shaping up as the centerpiece of this fine series. Richard “Half-Face” Harrow is becoming one of my favorite characters on the show, and […]

HEY, MISTER. GOT A LIGHT?

Sunday night’s episode of Boardwalk Empire was the darkest one yet. And not just in revealing the interiors of the characters. I think they forgot to schedule the lighting crew when they shot this episode. Really. I had to squint at nearly every scene, even the ones shot in broad daylight (those looked unduly gray). […]

GOTTA LOVE THOSE KLANSMEN. THEY MAKE FOR SUCH GOOD TV.

Have you ever watched a fictional character do something unrealistic on TV and then wish you could get his attention by throwing something through the screen? Simply yelling at the screen won’t do it, you know. You have to “make a statement”, as Al Capone said in last week’s miserable episode. Well, I felt like […]

IS THERE A SCRIPT DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE?

The only resemblance between episode 3 of Boardwalk Empire and the first two episodes is that they’re using the same sets and the same actors. Beyond that, I don’t know. This is easily the worst installment of the series, asking the viewer to accept as gospel things that are just not possible. It’s writing at […]

BIG JIM, WE HARDLY KNEW YE (BUT I THINK WE’LL GET TO KNOW AL CAPONE A LITTLE BETTER)

Episode 2 of HBO’s dazzling new series Boardwalk Empire opens in 1920 Chicago, as thousands gather for Big Jim Colosimo’s lavish funeral. Now, with Big Jim and his objections out of the way, the Chicago mob can turn their primary attention to selling booze, and you may be assured these ambitions will force themselves into the […]

PSST. HEY BUDDY. WANNA BUY SOME SALT WATER TAFFY?

Anybody out there see the premiere of Boardwalk Empire, the stunning new HBO drama? Well, I did. You can check out my review of it here. Anybody who has been driven away from series television by the likes of The Michael Richards Show or Homeboys In Outer Space can safely turn on the tube now, at […]