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Boardwalk Empire Season 5 Episode 8 Review: “Eldorado”

This final season of  Boardwalk Empire   was really all about showing us the rise and fall of Nucky Thompson. After sidelining Nucky during last season, essentially making him a supporting player in his own show, the series not only dived into his past during season five but also explored what Nucky’s remaining legacy would be, something that he fixated on throughout these last eight episodes. What will I leave behind, Nucky wonders, and ultimately, aside from Margaret’s newfound wealth, he leaves nothing but the destruction of the entire Darmody family, from Gillian to Jimmy to now Tommy. Read more... //

Boardwalk Empire 5.07 Review: “Friendless Child”

I don’t cry too often when watching television, and I don’t think I’ve ever started to tear up once during an episode of  Boardwalk Empire , not even when Richard Harrow met his poetically tragic end in the closing moments of season four or during Chalky’s final scene in last Sunday’s episode. However, I’d be lying if I said that the ending montage to “Friendless Child” didn’t make me incredibly emotional. For the first time throughout the show’s run,  Boardwalk Empire  had me on the verge of tears, and it was due to what I originally thought was this season’s biggest weakness becoming its greatest strength. Read more... //

Boardwalk Empire Series Finale Review: Point of No Return

Given the current financial status of Atlantic City's economy it seemed fitting to be saying goodbye to Nucky and the gang on  Boardwalk Empire Season 5 Episode 8 , "Eldorado."  Last week with Willie's life in the balance, Nucky gave up all his holdings in his home city without hesitation. He had seen enough blood spilled in his life. He admitted defeat this week that the war was over.    Read More... //

Boardwalk Empire Season 5 Episode 7 Review: All Hands on Deck

Robert Hodge addressed the public to kick off  Boardwalk Empire Season 5 Episode 7 . He informed them about the war being waged by what he termed an army of hoodlums. The tension of the time was evident and we saw both Charlie and Meyer acting rather jumpy. Not sure if it was intentional or not, but there were two allusions to  The Godfather  in this sequence. The first was Charlie nervously jumping up out of the barber's chair as he was about to get a shave and then Meyer got startled when his man walked in carrying a box of cannoli.   Read More... //

Boardwalk Empire Season 5 Episode 6 Review: Headin' for a Showdown

Chalky and Daughter's reunion got things started this week on  Boardwalk Empire Season 5 Episode 6 . The big question at the end of the previous hour was if the little girl sleeping on the couch was his. Also perplexing Chalky was why Daughter would return to Narcisse. She had taken a job as a maid to provide for her and her daughter Althea because her singing career had been frozen thanks to being blacklisted by Narcisse. She had returned to ask Narcisse to relinquish his hold on her.    Read More... //

Boardwalk Empire Series Finale Review “Eldorado”

The influence of Terence Winter’s history as a writer and director on The Sopranos was certainly apparent on  Boardwalk Empire  during the over the five seasons of the series. Much to my relief as a fan of both shows, Winter took a completely different direction from The Sopranos in bringing  Boardwalk Empire  to an end that left very few questions for viewers. When Boardwalk Empire premiered, the series was touted as a show loosely based on the life of Atlantic City politician Enoch Johnson. Although the series introduced viewers to a sprawling cast of characters that included real life gangsters like Lucky Luciano, Al Capone and Myer Lansky, all roads inevitably ended with Nucky. One of the aspects of the show that immediately captured my attention was the dynamic between and a young soldier who just returned home from the war named Jimmy Darmody. Much to much shock and disappointment, Jimmy was killed at the end of season 2. Admittedly, it took me awhile to readjust to a show that focused on a larger group of characters to whom Jimmy was barely even an afterthought. Through the use of flashbacks this season, the writers brought the focus back to Nucky – who took a backseat to Michael K. Williams and Jeffrey Wright in season 4. In just eight episodes, the writers added layers to Nucky and ultimately brought viewers back to the relationship that started the series – Nucky and Jimmy.   Read More... //

'Boardwalk Empire' finale: Did the fans love it or hate it?

Sunday night, "Boardwalk Empire" concluded after five seasons on HBO.  Read More... //

'Boardwalk Empire' recap: Nucky's criminal saga ends after 5 seasons

The sins of Enoch Nucky Thompson's gangster past catch up with him in Eldorado, the series finale of HBOs Prohibition-era drama Boardwalk Empire.   Read More... //

The Last 10 Minutes of Boardwalk Empires Finale Were a Knockout

  This article discusses events in the Boardwalk Empire series finale. Read our recap of that episode here .   Most shows end long after theyve worn out their welcomes. Boardwalk Empire goes on a short list of shows that ended just as they finally jelled. Seasons one through three of Terence Winters Prohibition potboiler were brilliantly cast, production-designed, and costumed to a fare-thee-well, but the pissing contests, sadism, and gore grew repetitive, and too many episodes were disorganized and undercooked: There were so many characters, locations, and subplots that what happened onscreen sometimes felt like an uncommonly decadent and voluptuous version of narrative housekeeping: What's Nucky Thompson up to? How about Lucky Luciano? Now let's check in on Al Capone, then watch Gillian suffer, then watch the villain of the season prepare to be bested by Nucky and hey, look at the time.  Read More... //

Boardwalk Empire Finale Recap: Golden Memories

At the very end, this HBO period crime drama arrives at the beginning.   Read More... //