Boardwalk Empire

‘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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‘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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