Posts Tagged ‘Boardwalk Empire’


Boardwalk Empire 5×08 ‘El Dorado’: I have to see a man about a dog

“Prohibition is the trigger of crime.” ― Ian Fleming.   Now that we’ve arrived at the series finale, I feel a deep sense of serenity and poignancy settling over me. I do think that this finale gave the show what it deserved. A fair send off for all of the years of excellent writing, cinematography, […]


Boardwalk Empire 5×07 ‘Friendless Child’: Rot gut riots

This is the second to last episode you’ll ever see of Boardwalk, and man is it a doozy. From the very first frame, it feels different this time, almost cinematic. Is it just me or did the cinematography and editing really hit their mark this time? Not that they’re not always fabulous, but it’s particularly […]


Boardwalk Empire 5×06 ‘Devil You Know’: Buying the farm

With ‘Devil You Know’ it finally feels like we’ve taken off into the finale. There are two major developments this episode, which thankfully both made perfect sense although it was pretty tough to watch. Nucky is drunk a lot, and yes, there are some more flashbacks. The story is progressing nicely and despite my earlier […]


Boardwalk Empire 5×05 ‘King of Norway’: Throwing lead

Well, that was pretty freaking intense folks. Episodes like this remind me of why I started watching this show in the first place. Nucky’s friends are still thinning, and nobody trusts anyone anymore. Chalky is making a bit of a comeback and Capone is as whacko as ever. There are more flashbacks, although much more […]

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Boardwalk Empire 5×04 ‘Cuanto’: Partners in crime

Well folks, here we are at the halfway point for the farewell season.  I think next week we’ll really see the show ramp it up but this episode sort of just maintained the status quo with a few noted exceptions. Like my favorite Al Capone’s appearance and the superb Michael Shannon gracing our screens once […]


Boardwalk Empire 5×03 ‘What Jesus Said’: Clip Joint

As of next week we’ll be at the halfway point til the end of Boardwalk for good. I can’t help but feel like the show is stalling and holding on to its good cards until the very last episodes. The pacing was slow this time around but I still enjoyed it. I’m sure the show […]


Boardwalk Empire 5×02 ‘The Good Listener’: Booshwash

Nucky is dabbling in both the legitimate and shady aspects of his business practices this episode. We’re also treated to a host of flashbacks from his childhood and it feels as though we are slowly closing Nucky’s book. He’s considering retirement and with the end of prohibition looming who can blame him? His popularity is […]


Boardwalk Empire 5×01 ‘Golden Days for Boys and Girls’: The kiss off

Here it is folks. The final season of Boardwalk Empire is upon us. Many critics say that the show ran its course in the first season. Which is total rubbish in my opinion. I’ve loved every season of BE so far and I cannot wait to see how everything gets wrapped up. Sadly, HBO shortened […]

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Boardwalk Empire 4×07 ‘William Wilson’: Everyone is secretly up to something

This was another episode that had a unifying theme throughout every story line, but the writers saw fit to spell that theme out overtly rather than merely through symbolism. The Edgar Allen Poe short story Willie and his classmates read, William Wilson, is about a man who is hounded all of his life by a doppelganger that […]

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Boardwalk Empire 4×06 ‘The North Star’: For those who are lost

‘Where is this going?’ is a refrain I frequently ask of this series. It feels like at times the writers know what they want to happen, but don’t know how to get their characters there. We’ll spend an episode or two listing in one direction only to tack back towards something else altogether. With ‘The […]

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Boardwalk Empire 4×05 ‘Erlkönig’: The Elf King is real

One of the ways that a television show can endear itself to me is when a series of events have built up an emotional desire within me for certain things to happen, and then there is a payoff handled as elegantly as what happened with Eddy. I know it makes me kind of terrible, but […]

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Boardwalk Empire 4×04 ‘All In’: Upping the Ante

Another way that Boardwalk Empire can be frustrating is that even when you get a solid episode such as this one, it seems like the creators go out of their way to bang you over the head with its given theme. That definitely happened in a few places and had me echoing (some of) the sentiments of […]


Boardwalk Empire 4×03 ‘Acres of Diamonds’: Stuck in the swamp

Full disclosure: I watched this episode immediately after watching Breaking Bad and I had to take my time and go back and re-watch it. Upon second viewing? This episode was still almost completely in service to the plot and gave few, if any character moments that meant much to the series as a whole. Christian […]

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Boardwalk Empire 4×02 ‘Resignation’: Just What the Doctor Ordered

For all my gripes about the show to date, this episode pretty much silenced them, if not make me forget about them completely. Those lingering threads from the past that left me unsatisfied have been woven into something new and more meaningful; something I am eager to completely envelope myself in like a warm blanket […]

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Boardwalk Empire 4×01 ‘New York Sour’: An Acquired Taste

In my anticipation for the latest season of Boardwalk Empire, I couldn’t help but think about how there have been plenty of compelling characters and enticing scenarios that for whatever reason disappeared or flat out died; both figuratively and literally. If I’m being perfectly honest, a track record like that only serves to tamp down […]