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Boardwalk Empire 2.09 "Battle of the Century" Review

Boardwalk Empire season 2 keeps fighting toward its finale with last night’s “Battle of the Century,” which sees Nucky Thompson looking to make a deal with the IRA in Sinn Fein, as Jimmy struggles for personal and professional respect in his new role as the king, and Margaret faces a personal tragedy at home. "Battle of the Century" gives us an entertaining springboard into the final episodes, but we wouldn't really call it anything "of the century."

“Battle of the Century” proves to be a rather fitting title for last night’s Boardwalk Empire, in more ways than one.  The show’s main conflicts begin erupting across the board, but like the offscreen Dempsey-Carpentier fight, we’re not quite privy to the action just yet.  Board knows (get it?) that Manny (William Forsythe) will be out for blood after Jimmy fails to have the Jewish butcher assassinated at the behest of Waxy Gordon, and Nucky’s successful deal with the Irish should flood the streets of Atlantic City with more blood and booze than people know what to do with.  We’ve nothing in the way of development on Van Alden or Nucky’s case, but either way the opening salvos of “Battle of the Century” have us primed for the final episodes of the season. Read More...


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