‘Boardwalk Empire’ Season 2, Episode 2 ’21?: TV Recap

During the first season of "Boardwalk Empire," Steve Buscemi’s Nucky Thompson was the undisputed king of Atlantic City. But as season two kicked off tonight, the city treasurer-cum-alcohol supplier found himself suspicious of almost everyone in his inner circle — for good reason.

The season two premiere, entitled "21," begins with a literal bang as several member of the Ku Klux Klan gun down the supply house of Chalky White (whose portrayer, Michael Kenneth Williams, is also bringing his steely-eyed stare to Greendale Community College this season on "Community."). White is able to shoot back at one member, but the damage is done. The white citizens of Atlantic City want him dead after the man he shoots dies, and Nucky has to have his brother arrest Chalky for his own safety.

White’s liquor is consequently raided by Jimmy, who we know from last season, is now in cahoots with his father, the Commodore, and Nucky’s brother Eli. Newly married to Angela, who looks increasingly like a 20s-era Winona Ryder, Jimmy plots with his father to met the Governor and better insert himself into Atlantic City politics. He also dominates his wife, who feels continuously undercut by both her husband and mother-in-law Gillian (who shares a little too much about her mothering skills tonight.) Read More...



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