There are lots of fine scenes and set pieces in this episode, but they don’t hang together nearly as well as those from last week’s propulsive hour. The mileage you draw from this one will vary according to how interested you may have been, during past Boardwalk Empire
flights of fancy, in the dreams of Nucky Thompson. For, as he recovers from last week’s concussive blast at Babette’s, Nucky spends most of his time here waddling back and forth between states of making sense and … well, not so much. Rather like in his dreams.
Alongside a persistent ringing in his ears and a propensity to collapse, he’s also not recognizing key players like his wife or his brother — though I’m slightly tempted to give Nucky a pass over mistaking Chalky White for his shoe-shine man. (It’s been a while since anyone on the show has seen Chalky, after all. An enduring shame!) Read More...