BOARDWALK EMPIRE “A Dangerous Maid” Season 2 Episode 3 – One of my favorite film makers is Errol Morris, a fellow known for such stellar documentaries as Gates of Heaven, The Thin Blue Line and The Fog of War. Watching an interview with him the other day, he opined something which has stuck in my head ever since. Asked about great films, he said that there were none. There is no such thing as a wholly great film, but a film is made great by “moments”, by great scenes.
I suppose it’s pretty obvious, but I’ve never heard anyone articulate it so well. And while I feel this opinion is perfectly valid in regards to film, in practice, television is a medium even more suited to those “moments” because television allows for more space for character development and interesting exposition.
After all of this rambling on, I should mention why the hell I’m making this point with regards to this episode of Boardwalk Empire in the first place. Well, it’s hard to judge a series based on an episode-by-episode structure, but if, in ten weeks time, I write up about the finale and make a final critique of the season as a whole, I seriously doubt that any moment from this episode will be mentioned. Read More...