Posted 08 August 2011 - 11:32 AM
Season Two starts next month, on September 25.
Posted 31 August 2011 - 12:53 PM
Edited by Persiflage, 31 August 2011 - 12:54 PM.
Posted 27 September 2011 - 07:55 PM
Don't know if anyone around here is watching this. For some dumb reason, they haven't got Season One on DVD yet. That's bad marketing right there, but it shouldn't matter too much since HBO always makes it easy to catch up.
I forgot how enjoyable these episodes were. Watching this show is sort of like reading a good historical novel. The first episode of Season Two takes us back to the impending conflict that was set up at the end of Season One. These characters are so many and they are all so well-developed this time, that it's a pleasure to watch almost any single one of them on the screen. Jack Huston is looking like one of the best actors on the show (with only half a face to work with). Michael Pitt has suddenly made Jimmy a much more interesting character for me as a character who, in spite of whoever he's siding with at the moment, looks like a guy who can't decide who is real father is. Michael K. Williams looks like he's going to have a bigger part this time, and when things get worse for Nucky, I wouldn't be surprised if he's the ally who turns out to be the most valuable. And Steve Buscemi ... I didn't remember him having as heavy of a presence in the first episode. This episode the guy actually has gravitas, or whatever it's called. The plot just started, but he's figuring it out. Michael Shannon's expressionless face as Van Alden taking out his wife ... had the most laughs for the episode.
Alan Sepinwall -
Posted 12 December 2011 - 10:47 PM
I'll also write up a review of Season 2 asap. So more on this soon ...
Edited by Persiflage, 12 December 2011 - 10:48 PM.
Posted 15 December 2011 - 02:00 PM
I'd like to explore more aspects of some of the characters, deeper aspects of characters we've gotten to know a little bit: Rothstein, Luciano, Lansky, Capone, Chalky, Richard. Those are people who already exist and I'd like to get to know more about them. On the other hand, they also need conflicts and people to butt up against. So there will be new characters and new situations ...
Also, we're going to start seeing a lot more of Stephen Graham -
"The plan is now is we would come back in season 3 a little further into the future and start to really track Al Capone’s rise and — God willing — through the course of the series. By 1925, Capone was the guy everybody recognizes — the guy in the white fedora who’s firmly in charge of Chicago. Hopefully we’ll be on the air long enough to see that guy. Certainly in [season 3] we’ll start to see Capone on pretty much equal footing as Johnny Torrio in terms of who’s running the town."
Posted 16 July 2012 - 09:28 AM
It was a crazy way to close out the season.
Posted 16 July 2012 - 09:54 AM
Posted 29 October 2012 - 09:28 PM
For me, the best part of the show is Jack Huston's Richard Harrow. Time Magazine just called him the "moral center" of Boardwalk Empire. There were quite a few prayers in the last episode. Only two were in private. Rosetti's prayer was uncomfortably like Salieri's prayers in Amadeus. It makes you wonder why he's praying at all. ("I'm praying." "You're yelling.") Richard Harrow's prayer was serious, sincere and illuminated something that makes him different from almost every other character on the show. He's actually good. He's seen and been through so much, but he's somehow remained uncorrupted. Everything he's done has been out of his loyalty to friendship and family. If there is goodness and safety to be found in anyone in this story, it's to be found with Harrow.
The seventh episode was the first episode this season for me that was entirely mesmerizing. Scene after scene after scene contained little action but was completely captivating nonetheless. Shea Whigham is a much better actor than I had noticed before. I'm not sure if any episode had made it this clear how much he loves his brother. He sometimes sounds grumpy or even whiny, but there's a lot more going on if you pay attention to his eyes. I've never been as happy to see Harrow have as large a part in the story as he did this episode.
My opinion of Stephen Graham and Anatol Yusef's acting is rising as well. I hadn't really thought of this before, but, when things started heating up towards the beginning of Prohibition, guys like Capone, Lansky and Luciano probably often thought that they probably wouldn't make it. The odds were much greater that they'd die rather than really do anything else. This dynamic is starting to play out as Luciano is being pressured to turn against Lansky and Rothstein.
The story is still so grand in scope, that little minor characters (from American history) keep waltzing on and off the screen making you wish you could just spend a whole feature length film with just that one character. James Cromwell just did this an episode ago as Andrew W. Mellon. Root keeps doing this as Gaston Bullock Means. Stuhlbarg's been doing it as Arnold Rothstein from the very beginning of the show. Others are saying that Boardwalk Empire is still too slow. How can it be too slow? Every episode feels like it flies by in about 5 minutes.
Posted 15 March 2013 - 12:06 PM