Boardwalk Empire 2.08 "Two Boats and a Lifeguard" Review

Boardwalk Empire season 2 sails along toward its finale with last night’s "Two Boats and a Lifeguard," which sees Nucky Thompson re-evaluating his options in the wake of his shooting, as Jimmy struggles for personal and professional respect in a changing landscape. "Two Boats and a Lifeguard" adequately sets up the endgame for Boardwalk Empire season 2's plot, provided one doesn't get lost in all the symbolism.

There’s an oddly telling moment at the midpoint of Boardwalk Empire’s "Two Boats and a Lifeguard, wherein Angela Darmody’s new friend Louise casually remarks that "not everything has to make sense" when describing an abstract sand sculpture, which puts an odd sort of comfort into reviewing the episode.  Directed by showrunner Terence Winter, "Two Boats" features a plethora of dream imagery and interpretive visuals, but one that Louise’s statement reminds us need not be the deep ocean of metaphor we wish it to be. Read More...


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