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'Boardwalk Empire': Spot Inspection

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Is Boardwalk Empire a good show? HBO spent mega-millions on the period-piece mob drama, and instantly renewed it for second season when the Scorsese-directed premiere averaged 4.8 million viewers. But ratings have dropped over the last couple months (last Sunday’s episode, the seventh of the season, had 2.6 million viewers — not bad, but not Sopranos.) On a deeper level, Boardwalk doesn’t seem to have the watercooler appeal of, say, Mad Men, the other lavishly-designed boozy historical drama created by a Sopranos writer. Boardwalk would appear to have something for everyone — mob violence, cutting dialogue, an endless parade of female and male nudity. It’s history porn in both senses of the word. But is Boardwalk Empire entertaining you?

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I kind of like the carnivalesque atmosphere. Do you, PopWatchers? Are you watchingBoardwalk Empire? Do you think the show lives up to its iconic HBO brethren? Was it always going to be difficult to live up to that otherNew Jersey mob show? Am I the only one who really digs all the political stuff?

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| May 10, 2013 12:08PM EDT
Boardwalk empire is not entertaining, it's fascinating! And the actors... OMG! They are just fabulous, what about Steve Buscimi he's a GOD! I'm soooo in love withe this show I wanna marry it!
| Nov 15, 2010 8:03AM EST
I really don't know what to think of it... it really SHOULD be awesome... I mean Scorsese? Really? But I just don't know... I've given it right about as much time and goodwill as I am willing to... it's not that there isn't enough happening... or that it's not gruesome or complex enough... or too much... but there's just something missing. I really love the characters, so that's not it either... haha, I don't know. Maybe it's just inaccessible... is that possible? I mean... the troubles of the scheming, rich and powerful politician who has to deal with his illegal booz-import enterprise and his personal inferiority complex caused by years of suffering under his prick of a father... One is torn between rooting for him and wanting him and Margaret to find their happily-ever-after … and wanting her to bust his butt for being the one man behind the one thing she hates most… and lying to her. As I said… it really SHOULD be good… why isn’t it yet?

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