Here are the photos we have of the opening episode of second season of HBO & Sky Atlantic’s smash Boardwalk Empire… Read more…
I have watched this opening episode twice with quite a large amount of time between the viewings, the first time I watched the show I have to admit that I found it a bit boring, the second time through though I found it extensively engaging. I thought, like most good drama shows Boardwalk Empire was subtle. The occurrences were seamlessly knitted into the script and not over done which is what you see in a good television programme.
The writing was very clearly very skilled because the way the first scene came back around in the middle of the episode played as pretty much flawless. I often find this mechanism annoying because normally shows don’t do it skillfully and it appears clunky, cheap and simply an amateurish way of trying to keep unexciting shows exciting. Those issues in no way appear in this show.
This opening episode is the most expensive television pilot ever made and that fact is extremely transparent. I don’t usually pay much attention to these sorts of things but the sets, locations, costumes and cars were all very visually impressive. Like Lost and the beautiful Hawaiian locations they filmed in and the admirable way the Law & Order franchises use lots of Manhattan locations those things give Boardwalk Empire an impressive extra dimension that is unaccomplished by the vast majority of television. All that along with the fact Martin Scorsese and Steve Buscemi are involved effectively makes Boardwalk Empire film quality.
I haven’t had much knowing experience with Kelly McDonald viewing wise that I can instantly recall but her inclusion in the show adds to the ridiculousness of the entire production. The embarrassment of riches with top notch performances makes this film quality.. I know I already said that but I feel it’s worth saying again.
My favourite scene in the episode is Margaret’s husband finding the money Nucky gave her, It was a well done dark moment but I laughed during it because even the babies in the scene acted well.. Just silly. I laughed also when Jimmy slapped the bloke who gave him the soiled drink.
Overall a Slick, seamless & extremely very good episode that after watching properly leaves me in no doubt that the recent Golden Globes victory is one hundred percent justified.
Boardwalk Empire WINNER
The Good Wife
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE IN A COMEDY SERIES
Modern Family WINNER
Hot in Cleveland
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Steve Buscemi – Boardwalk Empire WINNER
Bryan Cranston – Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall – Dexter
Jon Hamm – Mad Men
Hugh Laurie – House
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife WINNER
Elisabeth Moss – Mad Men
Glenn Close – Damages
Mariska Hargitay – Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Kyra Sedgwick – The Closer
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Alec Baldwin – 30 Rock WINNER
Steve Carell – The Office
Chris Colfer – Glee
Ty Burrell – Modern Family
Ed O’Neill – Modern Family
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Betty White – Hot in Cleveland WINNER
Sofia Vergara – Modern Family
Tina Fey – 30 Rock
Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie
Jane Lynch – Glee
Al Pacino – You Don’t Know Jack WINNER
Dennis Quaid – You Don’t Know Jack
Edgar Ramirez – Carlos
Patrick Stewart – MacBeth
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A TELEVISION MOVIE OR MINISERIES
Claire Danes – Temple Grandin WINNER
Catherine O’Hara – Temple Grandin
Julia Ormond – Temple Grandin
Winona Ryder – When Love Is Not Enough
Susan Sarandon – You Don’t Know Jack