'Boardwalk Empire' - 'Peg of Old': She is the one who knocks

A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" coming up just as soon as I send you a book with a horse in it... 

"There's no one here who knows you." -Eamoinn

Detractors of "Boardwalk Empire" often suggest that the show is just an impressive Tinker Toy set, beautifully to look at but ultimately empty. I disagree, obviously - I feel very connected to many of these characters - but I can also see where that criticism comes from. Even in a strong episode like "Peg of Old," I couldn't help pausing during Margaret's arrival in her family's Brooklyn neighborhood to think of what a great job production did on that setting (and also on how much it evoked some of the Little Italy flashback scenes from "The Godfather Part II") rather than focusing on what Margaret was going through in that moment. 

But what "Peg of Old" showed through its two central characters - one of them among the series' most consistently interesting and empathetic, one arguably its most problematic - is that it can do the human stuff just as well as the spectacle, maybe even better. Read More...



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