Building a Boardwalk Empire

Tonight I spent twelve minutes on the phone with my internet company trying to find out if my service was going to be up and running so I could write the review.  I spent five minutes cursing the air after I stubbed my toe on my way to the kitchen to get a drink before the show started.  I spent 20 minutes researching the cast and crew of the show and researching the Prohibition Era.  I spent another 30 minutes staring in vain at my laptop trying to conjure up just the right words to describe HBO’s new series Boardwalk Empire.  And still I have nothing.

I could tell  you that the production value alone is enough reason to watch.  I could tell you that Steve Buscemi leaves nothing on the table as Political Boss/Racketeer Enoch “Nucky” Thompson.  I could tell you that Stephen Graham as a young Al Capone and Vincent Piazza as a young Lucky Luciano are two actors that I suspect will be blowing up any moment now.  I could tell you that although there is violence and it is stark it doesn’t over power the story it is merely a tool.  I could tell you that at times all the characters and their place in the hierarchy blend together (a problem I suspect will clear itself up the further along the series gets).

I could tell you all these things and it won’t mean much of anything because this show is something I suggest you see for yourself.  Like all HBO shows I suspect that viewers will either love it or they won’t.  The middle ground is not what they are known for and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  By not going for the middle ground they are able to push boundaries and raise the bar for all other channels.  When I was watching the premiere tonight I was reminded once again why I prefer the medium of television over movies.  With television you have the chance of telling a great story that keeps growing and moving forward.  I for one can not wait to read the next chapter.

My Final Rating:

Obsession:

Get the tattoo already!

Until next week,
Mendie

About Mendie

Mendie is a bit of a renaissance geek. Partly because there are just so many great things to love in the geek world from Star Wars to The Walking Dead to The Hunger Games and partly because her attention span last about....