Allison’s Other TV Bests of 2014

     December 19, 2014

In my intro to last year’s “Other TV Bests” category, I said, “if 2014 does even this half as well [as 2013], things should look pretty good.”  We have achieved it folks, and more than we could have asked for.  …

BOARDWALK EMPIRE Recap: “Friendless Child”

     October 19, 2014

In many ways, Boardwalk Empire‘s penultimate episode, “Friendless Child,” was a capsule of the most essential elements of Nucky’s full story over the course of the series.  The waning hours of Nucky’s gangland battle with Lucky and Meyer mirror the …

BOARDWALK EMPIRE Recap: “Devil You Know”

     October 12, 2014

The past is catching up with everyone on Boardwalk Empire, under dire circumstances.  Of course, these outcomes shouldn’t come as a surprise — this is a show about gangsters.  And as Justified‘s Boyd Crowder once said, that kind of chosen …

BOARDWALK EMPIRE Recap: “King of Norway”

     October 5, 2014

The woman who feared the bodies under the boardwalk said it all: there are “all manner of dark doings” happening on Boardwalk Empire.  “King of Norway” found all of its characters in deep turmoil, except perhaps Margaret.  Flashbacks to Nucky’s …

BOARDWALK EMPIRE Recap: “Cuanto”

     September 28, 2014

The past is coming alive on Boardwalk Empire, and not just through Nucky’s flashbacks.  As things begin to take a turn towards the end for the series, Nucky is confronted not only by how his experiences and choices as a …

BOARDWALK EMPIRE Recap: “What Jesus Said”

     September 21, 2014

Even for someone who likes Boardwalk Empire‘s slowest and most meditative episodes, “What Jesus Said” necessitated the use of caffeine to get through it.  The summation of its vignettes seemed to be that you can’t escape who you are.  In …

BOARDWALK EMPIRE Recap: “The Good Listener”

     September 14, 2014

Was Boardwalk Empire‘s episode title referring to viewers this week?  It might as well have been.  “The Good Listener” was essentially a slate of conversations, mostly had by Nucky, that updated us on the current gangster alliances (which are always …

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