BOARDWALK EMPIRE Recap: “The Old Ship of Zion”

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Boardwalk Empire has been dredging up some of its own history this year, but whether the outcome will be different this time around is not yet clear.  You wouldn’t think that, with just two brothers, the Thompson family could fold in on themselves so much, yet that’s exactly what’s happening again.  Cast ultimate blame where you will (it does come down to Nucky), but the reality is that Eli is being forced to turn on his brother (again) to protect his son Willie.  But Willie is also feeling an awful lot like Jimmy 2.0, a fact that Gillian hopefully won’t discover, or he might end up drowned in a whorehouse bathtub.  Hit the jump for more.

BOARDWALK EMPIRE Recap: “William Wilson”

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Boardwalk Empire is entering the back half of its season, and with that comes plenty of set up.  “William Wilson” was almost exclusively about moving pieces into place, which didn’t make for the most engaging hour, but it wasn’t terrible either.  Still, this year’s best episodes are ones that have narrowed the focus down to a few characters, and the show having to add in locational reminders this year (New York, D.C., Atlantic City, Tampa, etc) proves that audiences still struggle when the show fans out too far.  What is this, Westeros?  Maybe they should invest in a map to start each episode like Game of Thrones.  Hit the jump for why you should never order a steak for someone who doesn’t want it.

BOARDWALK EMPIRE Recap: “The North Star”

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After several weeks of building tensions and compelling setup, Boardwalk Empire deflated this week with a woefully predictable and not particularly engaging episode.  Not that “The North Star” didn’t have its moments — time spent with Richard Harrow is always worthwhile.  But in the many one-on-one scenes of the hour, none had an outcome that wasn’t telegraphed from a mile away.  This season also still lacks direction.  Where are we headed?  Most especially, where is Nucky headed?  And shouldn’t him getting his lights punched out happen every episode?  Hit the jump for why “I just hate a goddamn whiner.”

BOARDWALK EMPIRE Recap: “Erlkönig”

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Boardwalk Empire‘s “Erlkönig” takes its name from the Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s poem, which translates to “The Elf King,” as recited by Knox and Eddie.  The story is about an anxious boy who is being carried home by his father.  The boy feels the presence of this King and warns his father, who dismisses it several times as nothing but a rustle or a whisper.  But, when the boy finally cries out in pain, the father realizes the “king” is real, and his son is dead in his arms.  “Der Erlkönig” is about the omen of death, and its namesake episode focused heavily, and with exceeding solemnity, on loss.  Hit the jump for why “In the end, all you can count on is blood.”

BOARDWALK EMPIRE Recap: “All In”

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Nucky asking Meyer to tell him something about himself was an important moment for Boardwalk Empire.  At first Meyer wanted to repeat his resume and his credentials — all important things — but there are lots of men with money with whom Nucky could partner.  His hesitation regarding Arnold Rothstein had nothing to do with funds, it was about A.R.’s singular resolve to win.  Meyer eventually did tell Nucky a story about where he came from and how he came up (with Lucky).  That vignette told Nucky wanted he needed to know — that Meyer was strong, loyal and determined.  It also reminded us of something even more important; for all of its showmanship and tangled seasonal plots, what we really want from Boardwalk are personal stories.  Hit the jump for more.

HBO Renews BOARDWALK EMPIRE for Season Five

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HBO has wasted no time in renewing its prohibition drama Boardwalk Empire just three weeks into its fourth season run.  While the show has had its ups and downs, it remains a strong anchor for HBO’s fall lineup, and continues to provide the premium network with award winners.  (Most recently, Bobby Cannavale won the Best Supporting Actor Emmy for his turn as last season’s thin-skinned gangster Gyp Rosetti).  Hit the jump for more.

BOARDWALK EMPIRE Recap: “Acres of Diamonds”

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I’m beginning to feel I should recap Boardwalk Empire geographically. Nucky tells Sally Wheet (Patricia Arquette) that when he was just an Atlantic City crook he was happier.  Times were simpler then, and back in the first season.  From its Atlantic City roots, the show has sprawled out to Chicago, several New York burrows, Wisconsin and now Tampa.  Forget a boardwalk empire, it’s a national one!  Still, whatever Nucky’s trip to Tampa lacked, it was made up for with Richard’s continued stay in Wisconsin.  Hit the jump for why “anybody who says money doesn’t buy happiness doesn’t know where to shop.”

BOARDWALK EMPIRE Recap: “Resignation”

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After a scattered and disappointing season opener, Boardwalk Empire returned this week with some great setup moving forward, and some fantastic character moments in an episode that felt both insular and hopeful.  I mentioned last week that the show’s oppressively dark atmosphere and over-reliance on violence would be its undoing, unless it showed signs of change and growth and a moral center.  Unsurprisingly, it was Richard Harrow who bestowed us with much of that, but even Nucky had some interesting interactions in “Resignation.”  Hit the jump for more.

BOARDWALK EMPIRE Season Four Premiere Recap: “New York Sour”

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For some, Fall is a reminder of the passing of life, but nothing brings that idea home so viscerally as Boardwalk Empire.  Last season’s premiere was steeped in violence, and the same is true this year.  Really, last season was a bloodbath back to front, with some lulling episodes in between.  That’s become the show’s signature: luscious sets, a somber tone, an unhurried pace and lots and lots of violence.  After Jimmy’s death the show needed to redefine itself, but what it has offered so far is a hodgepodge of things, some of which have been successful (Richard’s emotional journey, Eli’s redemption) and many which have not (Billie’s arc, the splintering of the narrative across several cities, a continued focus on Gillian).  Hit the jump for what “New York Sour” set up, and why it might be the best-named Boardwalk episode yet.

BOARDWALK EMPIRE Season 3 Blu-ray Review

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Having established a solid precedent for its first two seasons, Boardwalk Empire ran a serious risk of letting us down in the third. Having established its sweeping scope of Prohibition-era crime, it seemed to grow more timid, focusing on domestic soap opera elements rather than the marvelous gangster saga it had promised. The character arcs seemed to be stalling, things were moving forward at a slower pace than we might expect. What could be done?

Frankly, an Emmy-nominated supporting figure was a big step in the right direction. Hit the jump for my full review.

New to Blu-ray: AMOUR, EPIC, SCARY MOVIE 5 Unrated Cut, and More

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Here’s a look at this week’s new Blu-ray releases:

15 New Images from BOARDWALK EMPIRE Season 4 Featuring Steve Buscemi, Ron Livingston, Patricia Arquette, and Jeffrey Wright

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The fourth season of the HBO drama series Boardwalk Empire kicks off on the pay cable network in a little over a month, but in advance of the premiere, HBO has unveiled some images from the new season that give fans a tease of what’s to come.  Regular cast members Steve Buscemi, Michael Shannon, Kelly Macdonald, Michael K. Williams, Jack Huston, and more are joined this year by a bevy of newcomers including Jeffrey Wright, Ron Livingston, and Patricia Arquette, all of which are seen in these new photos.  For those worried of spoilers, these images give away next to nothing by way of plot, but they do serve as a nice appetizer for the 12-episode fourth season.

Hit the jump to take a look at the high-resolution images.  Season four of Boardwalk Empire begins on HBO September 8th.

HBO Teasers for EASTBOUND & DOWN, TRUE DETECTIVE, CLEAR HISTORY, HELLO LADIES, THE NEWSROOM, and BOARDWALK EMPIRE

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Tonight’s season finale of Game of Thrones will be one of HBO’s most watched episodes of their year, so it was the perfect time to promote their upcoming slate of programming.  Shortly before the season finale, HBO aired promos for the new seasons of Eastbound & Down, The Newsroom, and Boardwalk Empire; the new series True Detective and Hello Ladies; and Greg Mottola‘s upcoming comedy, Clear History.  Most of these functioned as announcement trailers.  We’re still fairly early in the summer, and most of these programs won’t arrive until we’re firmly in the fall; True Detective won’t even show up until 2014.  But if you’re eager for The Newsroom, it’s a substantial new trailer.

Hit the jump to check out the promos, and come back later tonight when Allison posts her recap of the season finale of Game of Thrones.  As a side note to GoT fans, we’ll be talking about the series on this week’s Collision when we record on Tuesday.

HBO Announces Fall Premiere Dates, Including “Final” Season of EASTBOUND & DOWN

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There’s not much of a shake-up with HBO’s fall drama schedule, which keeps Boardwalk Empire‘s fourth season premiere (see the teaser trailer here) in its usual September spot.  With The Newsroom airing earlier this summer than last year, a comedy slot has opened up at the end of September that will pair the return of Eastbound & Down (for a “final” season, though we’ve heard that before) along with the new Stephen Merchant comedy Hello Ladies, which will serve as the lead-in.  No news yet regarding Treme, whose shortened fourth season should return some time in the fall to conclude the series.  Hit the jump for more spoiler-free specifics about the fall schedule, including the new Larry David movie. 

First Teaser Trailer for BOARDWALK EMPIRE Season 4; Plus Two New Trailers for THE NEWSROOM Season 2

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HBO has unveiled some new trailers for the upcoming seasons of two of its original series.  First up, the debut teaser trailer for Boardwalk Empire season four gives us our first look at the new character played by Jeffrey Wright, Valentin Narcisse.  The character is described as “Doctor of Divinity, philanthropist, student of culture and the man who runs Harlem,” and it’s clear in this brief teaser that he may pose quite the threat to Steve Buscemi’s Nucky Thompson.  Wright’s character is a series regular for the new season, so expect to see plenty of Narcisse when Boardwalk Empire returns this fall.

Additionally, a couple of trailers for the upcoming second season of Aaron Sorkin’s drama series The Newsroom have landed online.  The most recent one is more of a “mood tease,” as we see dialogue-less behind-the-scenes glimpses of the show’s ensemble cast readying themselves to reprise their characters.  The second, longer trailer was actually unveiled a few weeks ago and features the cast and Sorkin talking about the season-long arc that will unfold this year.  The Newsroom season two premieres on HBO Sunday, July 14th.  Hit the jump to watch trailers for both series. 

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