Another beautiful episode!
I remember from seeing the first one of thinking is the continual selfish abuse of women going to be a prime theme of the series. . .and it is! It can be seen everywhere and I love it, it makes Nucky's relationship with Ms. Schroeder all the more meaningful within the context of the show.
And Buscemi is already fitting magnificently into his character; much better than the pilot. Good stuff.
Felt like this episode flew by. Everything's moving right along and I like how this episode felt a little more reigned in. I think Michael Shannon (poor Ms. Shroeder's ribbon. I felt like he was going to flagellate himself with it after he finished groping it), Buscemi, Dabney Coleman, and Michael Stuhlbarg (Rothstein) are excellent.
I hope Michael K. Williams's character is more than just "Omar in the Roaring '20s."
Thanks! And I totally agree.
Also I read somewhere that Williams' character gets a couple real nice speeches later on in the show, which is good. Love that dude in the Wire.
This year has been great for TV drama.
Boardwalk Empire of course, season 5 of Dexter is starting strong, Mad Men season 4 is my favorite season so far, and my new favorite show Rubicon. I'm set.
but his lack of charisma that keeps me disinterested). Supporting, character actors can step
up and take the lead (Christopher Walken, Robert Duvall, etc.) but they need a certain
something to keep all eyes glued to them. Steve just doesn't have it, for this viewer. I'll keep
watching for sure, but I'm just not as invested as I might've been.
What a great episode. Hilarious, too, with a hundred great lines. "Isn't he Jewish?" might be my personal favorite.
And Nucky's girlfriend, that scene she shared with Ms. Schroeder, hot as hell. Can't help but feel bad for Ms. Schroeder though, having to see that psycho B flaunt herself like that, knowing full well her relationship to Nuck. "I don't go for the cheap merchandise." is definitely another funny one.
Towards the end, I think it developes a bit of a short noir feel as the ending punctuates every one of the main characters' insecurities. Good stuff.
How about those horrible medical procedures? Great episode. I'm liking the setup... the players are all starting to take sides and killers are being dispatched. I see some fireworks coming soon....
"Cheap merchandise" indeed. Classic line when you hear it with that accent!
Buscemi's not bothering me as much as he is some people, although I agree with David... I would have loved to see a younger Robert Duvall in this role. He woulda knocked it outta the park. I just don't know who else I would cast in it. I think the ensemble strengths are making up for any one actor's weaknesses, as least for this viewer.
The only thing bothering me is one length of boardwalk that we've been seeing over and over and OVER again. I get that HBO built it for the show and it does look great. However, there's already been countless overhead shots of it and every time Nucky walks out of the Ritz you know he's gonna turn to his right and walk down the same old stretch...
The show is only going to get better.
These last 2 episodes were just incredible. Especially episode 4. I'm a little worried though, that the pacing won't slow down. You can really tell that they werent 100 percent sure there was going to be a second season.
Just saw the season finale. I gotta say, this show had me mesmerized up until the last 2 episodes. I truly enjoyed every minute until then.
Sometimes it just feels however like they can't really show you anything new that isn't going to be thrown in your face entirely. You know there's very deceptively little depth in the characters when they can't even go anywhere new emotionally without having long just barely-adequately delivered speeches (that usually come out of nowhere, mind you, especially with our alleged main character, Nucky Thompson) or blink-your-eye-and-you'll-miss-it psychotic snaps (*SPOILERSPOILERSPOILER* Such as Van Alden brutally KILLING his own right hand man). I mean what the hell?
It seems like these characters either just repeat the same note nearly every second they're on-screen, or they go off on a rabic totally anti-characteristic binge. There is no in-between. No gray phase. So of course the character development inevitably ends up feeling staged or rushed.
Also, the entire season, for the most part, felt like a train that just kept gaining momentum. This was good. Except that the finale felt really melancholy. It ends on a sort of deliberately anti-climactic note.
On one hand I understand that this was probably intentional. The harsh bureaucratic dog-eat-dog world the series has created asks to those of us who look just what it means to be a part of a system that's largely still the same today as it was yesterday. But it doesn't give us the answers, or a moral, or a message on how to change anything. It just ends with a great big "it is what it is, sweetheart."
But even then, as ashamed as I am to admit it to myself, I'm still on the boat for season 2. Good stuff.
I was disappointed in the finale too. The last five minutes was the old-timey music over a montage... and it didn't add anything we already didn't know. It was like they were trying to fill time. A few pluses during the last 2 episodes though. First, the show seems to be "set up" and they can now stop introducing characters and stories and just have good episodes. Dabney Coleman is in top form here and may end up being a big part of the show after all... and Jimmy is finally interesting. There are a few plot lines that are just a bore -- the Irish woman (with that sing-song "Always after me Lucky Charms!" voice) and Jimmy's wife. They don't seem to do anything interesting... even when they actually are! I still love the show and enjoyed the meeting of the three crime families near the end that seemed to set things off in a different direction.
Season 2 coming September 25th, 2011
Boardwalk Empire TONIGHT!
I'll have to pick some of these up on dvd when they hit ..... I did just watch the 1st 4 episodes of "Madmen" , got the 1st 4 seasons ... thsoe should keep me busy , what a great show .
I'm glad they're getting back on track with the double crossings and underhanded dealings! I love that Dabney Coleman is getting a larger role this season.
I was very tired of the Margaret Schroeder plot points; she can stay on the sidelines until they find her a better story. I hate to say it, but the women on the show have been very uninteresting... I wouldn't mind a brothel owner or a woman that had some political interest other than suffrage.
The tidbits of Richard Harrow they give us are awesome and heartbreaking... WWI was absolutely devastating; it's good to see a character that reflects this.
Still can't quite make up my mind on this show. While there are aspects that are great such as the overall look and feel for the Prohibition era, I can't get too excited or involved with many of the characters.
I do enjoy the "sophisticated gangster,"Arnold Rothstein, the young and psychotic Al Capone, the overly arrogant “Lucky” Luciano (not so much), and Chalky White (pretty scary).
I agree with Nauga on a couple of characters, Mrs. Schroeder's character seemed to lose a good deal of interest shortly after her husband was murdered. Not sure what they have in mind for her, but I guess you had to give Nucky a love interest. A strong woman character would be a great addition.
And heartbreaking is the right word for Richard Harrow. Pretty sad watching him compile his scrapbook.
Almost forgot - Agent Van Alden, I can get the overly-righteous, straight-laced, law-enforcement at all cost character traits, but the self-flagellation scene made him a little too creepy for me.
Overall, the gangster fascination still holds my interest.
Last edited by Movie Memories; 09-29-2011 at 01:53 PM.
wow... has this show kicked into gear. It's finally coming together in the last 3 weeks.
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