Boardwalk Empire 2.11 "Under God's Power, She Flourishes" Review

Boardwalk Empire season 2 pours its penultimate drink with Sunday’s "Under God's Power, She Flourishes," which sees Jimmy Darmody struggling to cope with the loss of Angela by drowning himself in memories and heroin, Van Alden's sins come back to haunt him, and Margaret faces a difficult decision about Nucky's impending trial.  "Under God's Power, She Flourishes" brings just about every skeleton under the closet, an intense and conflict packed hour that more than primes for the second season finale.

As I did a marathon catch-up of the first season of Boardwalk Empire to prepare myself for the second season premiere, I remember feeling that there hadn’t been much of a climax.  Sure Jimmy drunkenly laid it all on the line for Nucky, the Commodore revealed his plans against the Atlantic City treasurer, and Van Alden’s indiscretion came back to haunt him, but there wasn’t much in the way of fireworks, leading many to level a lack of action against the series.  To its credit, Boardwalk Empire carries the clout of Martin Scorcese, Steve Buscemi and The Sopranos’ Terrence Winter behind it, making it near impervious to critiques of lacking excitement, but truthfully I felt underwhelmed. Read More...


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