Boardwalk Empire - Season 1 (2010)

Boardwalk Empire - Season 1
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Actors: Kelly Macdonald, Michael Pitt, Steve Buscemi, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham, Aleksa Palladino, Michael Stuhlbarg, Michael K. Williams

From Terence Winter, Emmy Award-winning writer of 'The Sopranos' and Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese BOARDWALK EMPIRE is a lavish period drama set in Atlantic City following the life and times of Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) - the undisputed political and criminal mastermind whose grip on power and control of the city's liquor supply is under constant threat.

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Status: Normal
Run time: 720mins
Origin: UNITED STATES
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Audio Formats: English Dolby Digital
Subtitles:
Television Revision
by Andrew Williams,

Now this is a story all about how... Enoch ‘Nucky’ Thompson (Steve Buscemi) navigates the political system in Prohibition-era Atlantic City, New Jersey, while bootlegging on the side. He interacts with figures both fictional and historical, including widow Margaret Schroeder (Kelly Macdonald), returned serviceman Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt), and prohibition agent Nelson Van Alden (Michael Shannon). Happy days? Boardwalk Empire boasts one of the finest creative teams ever assembled for a television show. Writer and Executive Producer Terence Winter made his name on The Sopranos, the cast includes six of the finest character actors working in America right now, and some hack called Martin Scorsese directed the pilot. By rights, it should be the biggest, baddest, best behemoth on the box. H...

Now this is a story all about how... Enoch ‘Nucky’ Thompson (Steve Buscemi) navigates the political system in Prohibition-era Atlantic City, New Jersey, while bootlegging on the side. He interacts with figures both fictional and historical, including widow Margaret Schroeder (Kelly Macdonald), returned serviceman Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt), and prohibition agent Nelson Van Alden (Michael Shannon).

Happy days? Boardwalk Empire boasts one of the finest creative teams ever assembled for a television show. Writer and Executive Producer Terence Winter made his name on The Sopranos, the cast includes six of the finest character actors working in America right now, and some hack called Martin Scorsese directed the pilot. By rights, it should be the biggest, baddest, best behemoth on the box. However, watching Boardwalk Empire is a bit like watching an All-Star game of the sport of your choice. The great players might all be out there, having their moments, but when it doesn’t feel like they’re trying to achieve a goal that really matters, it’s just not as fun to watch.

The seeds for the season’s primary problems are sewn in the pilot. Boardwalk Empire is so intent on depicting the sprawling, immersive world of 1920s Atlantic City  it forgets we still need to have interesting, dynamic, developed characters to lead us in. While there are certainly plenty with potential, their sheer number means there just isn’t time to develop them all to a satisfying level.

With talent like this involved, though, it would be impossible for Boardwalk Empire to be genuinely poor; it’s just relentlessly above average. The supporting performances are terrific; so much so that you’re left wishing they all had more to do. The direction is first class, the sets are gorgeous, and the costuming remarkable. Still, they can’t cover up problems like the lacklustre narrative tension and aforementioned character glut.

The final frontier: It looks beautiful, brims with talent, and does have its rewards, but at the end of each episode of Boardwalk Empire’s first season, I felt no compulsion to watch the next. There’s an unbelievable amount of potential not fully realised. Yet.

Top Three Episodes: 4) Anastasia. For Michael Kenneth Williams' ‘bookshelf’ monologue alone, this episode is worth a watch. It’s the season’s standout moment. 11/12) Paris Green/A Return to Normalcy. As it closes out Season One, Boardwalk Empire starts to show signs that Season Two might be a significant improvement.

Worst Episode: 3) Broadway Limited. Feels like table-setting for the season to come, and is just not interesting or entertaining enough to warrant the amount of overwrought exposition.

Season MVP: Michael Pitt. In this cast, it’s no easy feat to be the standout, but that’s exactly what Pitt achieves with a consistently nuanced, heartfelt, and thoughtful performance.

3.5/5

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Member Reviews (24)

Enjoyed the first dics and I'm looking forward to the second.
Posted Wednesday, 18 June 2014 See my other reviews
Really enjoyed this series and requesting season 2 now.
Posted Friday, 2 May 2014 See my other reviews
SSP
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I know it has been around for a while, but finally watched the first disc of Season 1 and I really enjoyed it. The quality of the filming and cast is fantastic and the fact that this is a "movie" that is spread over many seasons is great. Looking forward to watching the rest...
Posted Sunday, 20 April 2014 See my other reviews
Purplesue
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I've been wanting to watch this series for a long time. At last I've gotten to see the first 2 episodes & I'm certainly not disappointed at all. Loved the whole thing! Can't wait for next DVD
Posted Friday, 3 January 2014 See my other reviews
How about people rate the program rather than the service. use the contact us section to complain about service.
Posted Saturday, 13 July 2013 See my other reviews
ok...so this series one WAS free streaming...now you have to pay to watch? you want me to get rid of streaming and just get disks? giving 1 star for poor treatment of customers.
Posted Tuesday, 18 June 2013 See my other reviews
Edouard
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Love it! I had seen it once before and I watched it again the second time!
Posted Wednesday, 17 April 2013 See my other reviews
tridev
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Not much that's any good available for streaming...sign me out.
Posted Saturday, 19 January 2013 See my other reviews
I was streaming this up until last week - now it is only appearing in Post?? What is going on - where is it?
Posted Monday, 10 December 2012 See my other reviews
Why isnt this available to stream now. Was up to eps 8. No longer able to watch online. Why? Tv show should be able to watch online. Why is it only dvd now. Not happy.,
Posted Sunday, 9 December 2012 See my other reviews
Magrat
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It was going fantastically, watched the first 5 episodes of Season 1, settled in tonight to watch Episode 6 and whammo, can't stream it anymore. What gives???
Posted Friday, 7 December 2012 See my other reviews
great tv series! where is Season 2 ??
Posted Sunday, 2 December 2012 See my other reviews
Lyn
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Excellent
Posted Monday, 26 November 2012 See my other reviews
Why can't I stream it anymore? This sucks.
Posted Friday, 24 August 2012 See my other reviews
matty
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Just finished watching teh whole season, and got to say NO problems what so ever with the streaming, (im using unlimited ADSL2 and located very close to the switch ;) ) My subscription is the "POST & PLAY Unlimited", 29.99 and been watching the episodes back to back without a single problem, too good to be true, i know :) touch wood!! The show is brilliant, a bit predictable, but exactly my knda thing, if your thing is like MadMen, PanAM, Band of Brothers, Sopranos,... go for it Very happy to find this series BTW, season 2 has finished and the 1st episode of the 3rd season is scheduled ofr 16th sep
Posted Thursday, 16 August 2012 See my other reviews
When will you have series 2??? It's already been shown in the USA and Europe!!!
Posted Sunday, 12 August 2012 See my other reviews
Great series, excellent acting, involving scripts & the sets, decor & costumes are all brilliant. Steve Buscemi is so good as is Kelly McDonald. It is very evocative of the period. Fortunatley had no technical problems with the streaming which made it a joy to watch the series over 2 days, something I don't normally do.
Posted Monday, 30 July 2012 See my other reviews
Owen
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Jammed Half way, hard to gauge
Posted Monday, 18 June 2012 See my other reviews
Denise
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Great series. So much detail. Steve Buscemi is terrific even though he is a gangster character, you can't help but like him. Can't wait for the next series.
Posted Wednesday, 13 June 2012 See my other reviews
garrett
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great tv series - if you are into 20s gangster stories - this is for you. Rated R so not for everyone but worth watching
Posted Sunday, 10 June 2012 See my other reviews
DFE
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Sorry,seen it all so many times before in different wrappings. Glad I kept to my resolution to test 1 disk only of a series I was not familiar with.
Posted Saturday, 25 February 2012 See my other reviews
Jen H
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If you like mobster/gangster movies, then this series is for you. I thought the story line was good. I found the detailing from the era in which the series is set in to be very realistic. I enjoyed just watching what the actor's were dressed in, the architecture, Suffregettes and the etiquette for that period in time ("roaring 20's"). Can't wait to watch the next disk!
Posted Tuesday, 21 February 2012 See my other reviews
Catherine H
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Probably one of the best TV mini series I have seen for a very long time..
Posted Thursday, 9 February 2012 See my other reviews
Marg O
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Not as good as the "Sopranos" but it's pretty close!
Posted Monday, 16 January 2012 See my other reviews
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