Boardwalk Empire 2.05 "Gimcrack and Bunkum" Review

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Boardwalk Empire season 2 continues to hit its stride with last night’s “Gimcrack and Bunkum,” which sees Eli’s alliance with Jimmy and the Commodore hitting the fan as Richard contemplates his own future out in the woods.  The bizarrely titled “Gimcrack and Bunkum” mostly continues Boardwalk Empire’s pattern of fleshing out its side characters, wisely putting fan favorite Richard Harrow (Jack Huston) at the forefront.

There’s been accusations of Boardwalk Empire unfolding far too quietly and slowly for an HBO gangster series, but explosions and gunshots will fall on deaf ears if not for the quieter, more contemplative episodes that the series does so well.  Last week’s “What Does the Bee Do?” illustrated its point by focusing on smaller characters like Chalky White (Michael K. Williams) and Gillian Darmody (Gretchen Mol) struggling against a ceiling of power, while “Gimcrack and Bunkum” creates a different study through similar means.  By focusing on Richard Harrow in his moments alone, “Gimcrack and Bunkum” allows us insight into the role emotional connections play in our power struggles. Read More...


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