I could have sworn that there was a thread on this. I did a search and found nothing, so I started my own.
Boardwalk Empire is back this Sunday and I am definitely looking forward to diving back into this show. While it may not be at the top of the heap when it comes to “Prestige Dramas” such as Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Sopranos, or The Wire; it is definitely in that tier right below. Solid acting, great costume and set design, plus capable storytelling that folds multiple characters into a coherent world make this a great show.
I listened to a podcast yesterday which discussed the direction of the show this season. These are not really spoilers so feel free to read…
Chalky and Dunn open a night club where Babette’s once stood. It is a sister club of the Cotton Club. Jeffery Wright is a “booking agent” who takes the storyline in an interesting direction. Early reviews from writers who have seen the 1st 5 episodes say that Wright is incredible. Sounds like some civil rights storylines are introduced as well.
Minor characters are given the spotlight early on…Eddie has a developed storyline, Eli’s son goes off to college at Temple and struggles.
Capone begins to consolidate his power in Cicero. This will pull Van Alden into the storyline.
Ron Livingston is a new character who is a businessman who takes a liking to Jillian.
Herc from The Wire plays Capone’s cousin.
Nucky is running his empire from a distance and does not seem to be a central character early on. He helps other characters along the way but does not have a driving storyline.
Look forward to hearing what folks think on Monday about the Sunday premiere.