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Re: Boardwalk Empire

Postby llipgh2 on Sun Oct 24, 2010 9:59 pm

The IRS agent - :shock:
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Re: Boardwalk Empire

Postby Letang Is The Truth on Sun Oct 24, 2010 9:59 pm

I was expecting AEA
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Re: Boardwalk Empire

Postby the wicked child on Sun Oct 24, 2010 10:00 pm

Uh...... WTF was up with the ending?!
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Re: Boardwalk Empire

Postby llipgh2 on Sun Oct 24, 2010 10:03 pm

the wicked child wrote:Uh...... WTF was up with the ending?!


The IRS agent is a pervert...creepy...
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Re: Boardwalk Empire

Postby canaan on Sun Oct 24, 2010 10:10 pm

Letang Is The Truth wrote:I was expecting AEA

haha...i was as well... but the corporal mortification was a nice fall back.

nice touch with the suitcase strap as his makeshift silice.
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Re: Boardwalk Empire

Postby tifosi77 on Wed Nov 03, 2010 8:33 pm

And everyone was complaining about how boring Jimmy was......

Spoiler:
"I think you'll agree that Greek Town belongs to us now." :fist:
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Re: Boardwalk Empire

Postby the wicked child on Wed Nov 03, 2010 8:46 pm

tifosi77 wrote:And everyone was complaining about how boring Jimmy was......

Spoiler:
"I think you'll agree that Greek Town belongs to us now." :fist:


He's becoming more interesting while the rest of the show is kinda stagnating though... which is unfortunate. Needs to pick up the pace ASAP.
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Re: Boardwalk Empire

Postby shmenguin on Thu Nov 04, 2010 9:39 am

tifosi77 wrote:And everyone was complaining about how boring Jimmy was......

Spoiler:
"I think you'll agree that Greek Town belongs to us now." :fist:


jimmy went from a 1.5/10 to a solid 2. i guess that's something? the dude with the mask though...interesting.
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Re: Boardwalk Empire

Postby Kraftster on Thu Nov 04, 2010 9:58 am

I have consistently really liked Jimmy's character.

I have almost decided that the show is too slow, though. It would have been better as a miniseries, I think. So many things that are shown for like 45 seconds then no mention for two or three weeks. I bet we won't see Jimmy's wife for two weeks now
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after her girl on girl scene this week.
. We didn't hear anything about
Spoiler:
those guys that mugged Nucky's guy on the board walk
for three weeks and now it gets brought up last week at the card table. Just not enough pace.
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Re: Boardwalk Empire

Postby canaan on Thu Nov 04, 2010 10:14 am

i want a spinoff entitled "doyle" where it would be him in a mst3k-type situation and all he would do is snicker. id enjoy it.
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Re: Boardwalk Empire

Postby tifosi77 on Thu Nov 04, 2010 12:11 pm

I'm actually fine with the pacing as is. It makes for a more satisfying dramatic payoff of the story when the Big Reveal finally happens.

It would have been standard fare to have Jimmy be a badarse gangster from the first week, and they certainly alluded to that with the hijacking scene. But since it took 6 or 7 episodes to really build him up, when he finally started walking the walk I think it has been much more rewarding. And, frankly, much more plausible. I think it shows confidence in the material that the people telling the stories are willing to spend a bit of time with them before rushing them into something. (altho they have done that with one story line, and that irks me....)

One thing this series does that I don't think any mob/gangster story has done since The Godfather is make genuinely sympathetic characters out of villains. Shoot, they even managed to make Al Capone a sympathetic figure two episodes ago. Alphonse freakin' Capone. I don't think Scorsese has ever really managed to do it, and what I saw of The Sopranos didn't do it either. But it's a real trick to take murders and turn them into people the audience truly empathizes with and hopes for their success. When Al finally ascends to the top of the Chicago heap, I think I might almost cheer.

I like the character of the man in the mask - Richard Harrow. (not too subtle, that naming convention) He's possibly the most interesting character they've shown so far, and he has only had like five minutes of screen time. He and Chalky would make a fun pair.

And regarding Jimmy's girlfriend/fiancee/baby mama..... my wife nailed it right on the head when she guessed four or five episodes ago where that particular storyline was headed. Well done to Mrs Tif.
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Re: Boardwalk Empire

Postby Trip McNeely on Thu Nov 04, 2010 3:04 pm

I'm excited to see how Rothstein and Meyer Lansky fit in during the next episodes
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Re: Boardwalk Empire

Postby meecrofilm on Thu Nov 04, 2010 4:06 pm

tifosi77 wrote:I'm actually fine with the pacing as is. It makes for a more satisfying dramatic payoff of the story when the Big Reveal finally happens.


I agree with this. I guess some people were expected a lot of fast-paced yelling and violence every episode?
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Re: Boardwalk Empire

Postby llipgh2 on Thu Nov 04, 2010 4:14 pm

The pacing of the show is very similar to "The Sopranos".

Which is no surprise considering this show was developed by the lead writer for "The Sopranos".
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Re: Boardwalk Empire

Postby shmenguin on Thu Nov 04, 2010 4:48 pm

the difference being that tony soprano was a compelling character played by an appropriate actor...while nucky thompson is a weak character played by the completely wrong actor.

the main characters aren't very good, so the show isn't very good. luckily, the setting is interesting and the secondary characters are strong, so i'll watch it until the end of the season.
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Re: Boardwalk Empire

Postby llipgh2 on Thu Nov 04, 2010 8:39 pm

shmenguin wrote:the difference being that tony soprano was a compelling character played by an appropriate actor...while nucky thompson is a weak character played by the completely wrong actor.

the main characters aren't very good, so the show isn't very good. luckily, the setting is interesting and the secondary characters are strong, so i'll watch it until the end of the season.


I disagree. Steve Buscemi is very nuanced in his performance as Nucky. He is very understated in his acting.
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Re: Boardwalk Empire

Postby Draftnik on Thu Nov 04, 2010 10:41 pm

I like the show a lot. Its kind of a cross between the Sopranos and Carnivale IMO. Sopranos for the crime/violence aspect, Carnivale for the period angle, slow pacing, and general freakishness of the characters.
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Re: Boardwalk Empire

Postby tifosi77 on Mon Nov 08, 2010 8:43 am

Okay, I have to admit that the last episode got me with a nice piece of misdirection....

Spoiler:
They set it up well to imply that Van Alden was going to send his wife off to New York to see the baby doctor by plundering the hoarded money Jimmy had been sending home. Totally tricked me when Van Alden sent the loot on to Jimmy's girl.


The law enforcement guy remains the most wack-a-doodle character in the show.
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Re: Boardwalk Empire

Postby canaan on Mon Nov 08, 2010 9:01 am

I look forward to this show every week because i love the casting choices (shooter mcgavin ftw) and the pacing is excellent. it does, however, need more 1/2 face, doyle, and chalky.
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Re: Boardwalk Empire

Postby the wicked child on Mon Nov 08, 2010 9:57 am

Mos def needs more chalky. :thumb:
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Re: Boardwalk Empire

Postby Kraftster on Mon Nov 08, 2010 10:00 am

I think upon reflection at the end of the season, the pacing on the whole will end up being just fine. I'm liking the show more and more (of course I've done this flip flop before).
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Re: Boardwalk Empire

Postby shmenguin on Mon Nov 08, 2010 11:08 am

people actually liked this week's? i thought the convention stuff with nucky was insufferable.
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Re: Boardwalk Empire

Postby Kraftster on Mon Nov 08, 2010 11:15 am

shmenguin wrote:people actually liked this week's? i thought the convention stuff with nucky was insufferable.


I liked it more for how the stage is now set. Really looking forward to the final few weeks. How many are left? Seems like it should be winding up but previews look like 3-4 anyway.
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Re: Boardwalk Empire

Postby canaan on Mon Nov 08, 2010 11:26 am

Nucky came off as having some political clout after this episode. In the end, I think Nucky's gonna have the same problem that Tony Soprano had (big fish, little pond) when it comes to the big wigs, but it seems, for now, that some of the heavy hitters in the Rep Convention were really vying for Nucky's vote. This will probably top out as the most important Nucky will be in terms of the political structure, but for one day, he had his moment in the sun.
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Re: Boardwalk Empire

Postby llipgh2 on Mon Nov 08, 2010 2:19 pm

tifosi77 wrote:Okay, I have to admit that the last episode got me with a nice piece of misdirection....

Spoiler:
They set it up well to imply that Van Alden was going to send his wife off to New York to see the baby doctor by plundering the hoarded money Jimmy had been sending home. Totally tricked me when Van Alden sent the loot on to Jimmy's girl.


The law enforcement guy remains the most wack-a-doodle character in the show.


Spoiler:
Van Alden's actions didn't surprise me. I knew he would get into the money, but to send it to Jimmy's g/f (or get rid of it somehow). He probably saw it as a test of faith, and he passed by NOT sending the money to his wife.

That, and he's just a dispicable human being.


I, like everyone else, feels there needs to be more Chalky.
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