Monday, December 06, 2010

look out for that wave

Last night's Boardwalk Empire ended the first season with Margaret and Nucky rejoining forces. One part romance, one part fear of loneliness, one part fear of destitution (on Margaret's part), and one part they both aren't completely sure it's the right thing to do. Still, they had a stronger reason to continue on than Jimmy did with mopey artist Angela. Someday artists will be portrayed as not only depressives or outsiders. Some of us still get the bills paid and have at least one more facial expression in our repertoire than sad clown. I'm still hoping Angela buys a ticket to Paris next season.

Jimmy's dear old dad the Commodore, played by Dabney Coleman, is still jealous of Nucky taking over Atlantic City and just ticked that he's old and ill, so he is enlisting Jimmy and Nucky's disgruntled and preternaturally stupid brother Eli in an as-yet-to-be-revealed plan of betrayal. This won't go well, but it should be interesting to watch when the series returns.
Margaret: There’s a kindness in you. How can you do the things you do?
Nucky: We all have to decide for ourselves how much sin we can live with.
So many of these characters want Nucky to take care of them, but resent him for how he does so. It's the ultimate child/parent hate dilemma. Nucky is the dad of 1920s Atlantic City. If he ever gets to be an actual one, will he change his political and criminal tactics?

Even with wonderful character Richard Harrow's violent dispatching of various D'Alessio's to the required musical montage, the episode itself was fairly gentle. Sort of like the waves lapping out to sea and lulling you to walk a little further into the surf. Here's hoping next season's big wave will knock us all off our feet with surprise.

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