Boardwalk Empire

‘Boardwalk Empire’ Season 5 Episode 7 Recap: “Friendless Child”

Sometimes Boardwalk Empire is all brooding and introspection and heartbreaking line deliveries by Michael K. Williams. Sometimes, however, Boardwalk Empire is all action, bookended by cheesy voiceovers. That’s generally what the show turns into towards the end of the season, anyway, and it’s proving especially true now that we’re on the very last season, and a shortened one at that. “Friendless Child” races through a lot of material to set up the series’ final hour, and what it lacks in heart-wrenching major character deaths it makes up for in sheer plot. … Read More

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: Check Your Privilege, Bill O’Reilly

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, Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly heal the liberal-conservative rift, and also racism. Just kidding! … Read More

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‘Boardwalk Empire’ Season 5 Episode 6 Recap: “The Devil You Know”

“Get yourself ahead,” Nucky Thompson muses after a drink or seven. “For what, though? For what? No one ever talks about that.” Boardwalk Empire, like so many other antihero shows, is not exactly known for celebrating high-minded idealism over moral ambiguity—which is exactly what makes “The Devil You Know” such a standout episode. Character deaths are hardly unusual, and par for the course in the run-up to a series finale. But characters asking what’s worth dying for, and who deserves to die, and for what? For a show centered around someone as stubbornly amoral as Nucky, that’s as far off course as it gets. … Read More

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‘Boardwalk Empire’ Season 5 Episode 5 Recap: “King of Norway”

“Nobody cares about your problems,” Van Alden spits out towards the end of “King of Norway.” But in the moral universe of Boardwalk Empire, that isn’t strictly true; this episode sees characters who’ve avoided their problems for years on end coming face to face with them, whether by choice or by force. The motif’s the most obvious, and the most fun to watch, in Eli and Van Alden’s long-delayed confrontation with the feds (and each other). Three episodes away from the grand finale, though, Boardwalk is putting pretty much everyone in a room with their past, with wildly varied results. … Read More

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: Goodbye ‘Outlander,’ and Also Sally Wheet

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 time, Transparent steals the show while Outlander follows up its Big Episode with a midseason finale. … Read More

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‘Boardwalk Empire’ Season 5 Episode 4 Recap: “Cuanto”

Goddammit, Boardwalk Empire. I was on board with so much of “Cuanto,” an episode that distinguishes itself on several fronts. The flashbacks still aren’t relevant, but this week’s at least cohere into a nice mini-episode about a day in the life of Nucky ‘n’ Eli. Back in the present, the combination of Van Alden/Mueller, Mickey Doyle, and Drunk Margaret makes “Cuanto” straight-up funny in a way that Boardwalk doesn’t get a lot of credit for being when it’s on top of its game. And then the last two minutes give us a one-two punch of tired prestige cable clichés, squandering lots (but not all!) of those warm ‘n’ fuzzy feelings from Nucky and Margaret’s unromantic reunion. … Read More

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‘Boardwalk Empire’ Season 5 Episode 3 Recap: “What Jesus Said”

Of the three Boardwalk Empire episodes that make up the season thus far, this is the one where the flashbacks came together for me. That’s partly due to the sudden shift from the Thompson household’s miserable, mundane poverty to the surreality of the vintage boardwalk. Everything suddenly feels off in a way that perfectly captures what memories feel like when they’re warped over the decades and turned into personal mythology. The effect is almost dreamlike, from Mabel and Mr. Beckert’s abrupt, creepy dialogue to the slow pan from a barren beach to Mabel’s sleeping parents. … Read More

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‘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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