Boardwalk Empire Season 4

At the end of season 3 of this show I wrote a little about what I thought might be expected from this season and somebody put me in my place.  I am very familiar with the history of the mob but learned really quickly that I hadn’t put enough thought into what I said and somebody out there knew much more than I did.  If you’d like to know what I’m talking about read the comments for this post. I could not have been more wrong and the guy who left the comment couldn’t have been more spot on.  He accurately predicted the FBI playing a role in this season and I am thoroughly impressed with his superior knowledge on the topic.

This season of Boardwalk Empire has been great but I think it fails in comparison to last year.  Last year was such all out chaos and it’s just hard to top. After the most recent episode I feel to an extent the show is repeating itself this season.  Chalky going after Dr. Narcisse but failing to kill him reminds me so much of last year.  It was after the botched hit on Gyp Rosetti that he went to Joe the Boss for backup and regrouped to face Nucky again.  That is exactly what Narcisse did when Chalky failed to kill him and it does feel a bit redundant.  My favorite moment from this whole season, so far, came when Nucky looked at Narcisse and said “I’ve been meaning to ask you this for a while, who the fuck do you think you are?” That was a great line and I can’t wait to see how Nucky resolves the brewing conflict with Narcisse.  I thought Bobby Cannavale was incredible in the part of bad guy Gyp Rosetti in season 3 but I can’t stand Dr. Narcisse in this season.  Something about him just really gets under my skin and I look for his inevitable death to be very satisfying. I really like the idea of a gangster from Harlem on the show but Narcisse just doesn’t do it for me.  He isn’t based on any real figure in history and I just think they could have done better with the part. I have done little research to verify that Narcisse isn’t based on any real life historical figure; I am aware I can be wrong and if so by all means let me know.

I am loving everything going on in Chicago this season. The Nick Van Alden/George Mueller character has become one of my favorite parts of the show this year and I feel like we are seeing Michael Shannon come alive in the role.  It’s been so interesting to see this character go from where he was when the show started to being a rising mobster in the Chicago syndicate.  I like the geeked out Capone we are seeing and how his drug use is affecting his character. I was also thrilled to see Richard Harrow finally approach Nucky and ask for a job.  I feel this was the guy’s destiny all along and see him eventually taking over the role of Eddie Kessler for Nucky.  I’m holding out hope that he goes back to being a hit man again but can easily see him being the new Eddie for Nucky that also kills people occasionally.  Harrow is a man aware of who he is, and he would be the same kind of selfless servant to Nucky that Eddie was.  It’s just a matter of Nucky realizing who he has in Harrow.

I started this post after last week’s episode and then let it sit for a week so it hasn’t flowed the way I wanted it to because I came back when my thoughts weren’t fresh.  Still I needed to get some of my thoughts about the show out there and I’m settling to publish a post that’s probably not as good as it should have been.  This week I have started watching the show from the beginning again on HBOGO.  I’m about half way through the first season so far and it’s been really fun to revisit.  This is a great show, as most HBO shows are, and I look forward to the coming weeks as everything wraps up.

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