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TV Review: BOARDWALK EMPIRE: Season 1, Ep.1: Boardwalk Empire


Boardwalk Empire premiere episode – entitled Boardwalk Empire – has started the new HBO series out on sure footing.  Enoch Lewis “Nucky” Johnson (Steve Buscemi) – Thompson in this series – is charismatic politician whose subterranean street violence only shows itself when extremely provoked. He is a controlled individual. For fans of the Sopranos, this show is no let down and in many ways is a step up. The environments in Boardwalk Empire are more interesting to look at as are the people’s attire and their mode of speak – though its not as good as Dead Wood‘s. I really have not heard that much slang from that time period – except in the book Billy Bathgate – so I am no expert in lingo from the prohibition era.

Why Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt) would rather kill people than finish a Princeton University education was not explained in a satisfactory way, especially since he could go to class during the day and work nights. He could do work study or attend classes part-time. I also found it curious that Enoch does not encourage Darmody to go back to school. From the ending of the first episode, it doesn’t look as though that will happen.

I’m looking forward to the rest of the series, are you? What did you think of the first episode of Boardwalk Empire?

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  • As you know, I too loved this premier and as a bootleg (didn’t go to school for it) Organized crime expert, I had my annoyances with a few things but all-in-all this is what I hoped it would be. I think the way Mr. Scorcese may move the series is towards more of the rise of Nucky to being mr. untouchable in his city versus exploring the side characters like Jimmy, it didn’t make sense with him going to war and I’m lead to assume maybe his daddy was in the service or some other form of pressure other than money… I guess we’ll see if i’m proven wrong on that. I hope it isn’t going to turn into the cliche Gangster tale of the good natured gal trying to get the boss to go straight when he finally hooks up with his damsel in distress (again I’m speculating here). This was a great show, watched it twice already and can’t wait till sunday.

    P.S. I’m not a big fan of the Lucky Luciano portrayal, I get that Lucky was not a fan of the old moustached Pete’s like Big Jim Colasimo but him carrying on like that aside Rothstein… I just don’t think he would have been that brazen. Oh well, that’s the nerd in me bitchin.

  • Jimmy felt and obligation to fight for his country. I get that.

    I do not think the god natured gal could turn Nookie back at this point.

    I watched it numerous times myself. I thought Lucky was portrayed in a interesting way as well.

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