BOARDWALK EMPIRE “Gimcrack and Bunkum” Review

BOARDWALK EMPIRE "Gimcrack and Bunkum" Season 1 Episode 5 – The Starz show Bosspremiered this week and watching it, I was reminded a lot of Boardwalk Empire. It has the distinct directorial style (though, as you can imagine, Gus Van Saint’s directing is vastly different from Scorsese’s-whose style of directing introduced in the pilot of Boardwalk Empire has been pretty much set the standard for the show). But Boss, like Boardwalk Empire, involves a corrupt but widely admired politician who, in front of a crowd is all genial showmanship fighting for your rights, but behind closed doors they’re brutal and cutting deals and struggling with powers.

For me, Boss is most interesting when it’s showing the political backroom dealings and my interest (although only one episode has aired) waned any time the show tried to deal with personal dramas.Boardwalk Empire has the opposite problem. I find myself daydreaming during the business dealings, but far more gripped by the family drama and personal crises of the characters. Richard Harrow’s suicide attempt had me gripped from beginning to squirrely end. Nucky’s encounter with his brother, which ended with Eli’s hands around Nucky’s throat and Margaret pointing a rifle at his head, was one of the best moments of the episode. (Then the show had to go ruin it with Eli bashing a guy’s head in for no reason whatsoever.) Read More...


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