Boardwalk Empire

‘Boardwalk Empire’ Season 5 Episode 2 Recap: “The Good Listener”

After last week’s premiere made it loud and clear that the final season of Boardwalk Empire is gonna be All About Nucky, the show had some extra groundwork to cover tonight. Nucky’s still around and very much in focus, hunting down legitimate business partners and ruminating on his terrible father figures. But virtually all of the supporting players from “Golden Days for Boys and Girls” have been swapped out, showing just how much pipe laying was pushed aside in favor of flashbacks and cute Cuban kids. Case in point: we’re a quarter of the way through the season, and we only just got to Chicago! … Read More

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: Carrie Coon Gets Her Ugly Cry On

There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This round, The Leftovers finishes its mysterious first season by solving zero mysteris, and both Boardwalk Empire and Sons of Anarchy start their final installments. … Read More

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‘Boardwalk Empire’ Season 5 Premiere Recap: “Golden Days for Boys and Girls”

The fifth and final season of Boardwalk Empire begins with an epigraph of sorts, a treacly rhyme from the 1884 pamphlet that gives the premiere episode its title. “Be honest and true boys, whatever you do boys,” a woman’s voice intones. “Let this be your motto for life.” Nucky Thompson has good reason to return to the poem: he first read it in his final days on the straight and narrow path, a path he’s trying to get back on after decades of political corruption and bootlegging. Which is why an observation from the head of Bacardi, though it may not open and close the premiere, is a far better summation of the episode’s major theme: “It’s always wise to have an exit arranged.” … Read More

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‘Boardwalk Empire’s’ Final Season Goes Deep Into Nucky Thompson’s Past and Future

Early on in Boardwalk Empire‘s final season, Nucky Thompson and his business partner/independent womanfriend Sally Wheet have the Depression-era version of a Skype date. Sally counts out pesos at her bar in Havana, where there’s money to be made from legal booze. Nucky drifts around his empty office in Atlantic City, flipping through his mail. Both silently listen, alone in gorgeous, empty rooms, while “Happy Days Are Here Again” plays in the background. Welcome back to the boardwalk, two years after the crash: worldview still black, comic relief even blacker.  … Read More

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‘Boardwalk Empire’ to Jump Seven Years Ahead for Final Season

In a Parks and Rec-like move, HBO’s well-regarded period drama Boardwalk Empire will begin its final season a full seven years after its… Read More

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‘Boardwalk Empire’ Season 4 Finale Recap: “Farewell Daddy Blues”

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Nucky Thompson is the only character to walk out of Season 4 relatively unscathed. Not because he’s the protagonist; all that’s required for Nucky to fill that particular role is to stay alive through the series finale. Rather, it’s that our antihero simply doesn’t have a lot to lose. This season’s been toying around with its main character’s fundamental emptiness for a while: Nucky’s got no family, no friends (only partners!), and no real reason to keep expanding his already substantial empire. It’s easy for him to decide he wants out. If only this show’s other characters were so lucky. … Read More

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments

There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This week, memorable guest appearances from Patton Oswalt and one Tyra Banks. … Read More

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