Last week's season premiere of Boardwalk Empire possessed a shock and awe quality about it, thanks to the violent side of the bootlegging business. While this week opened in a most peculiar way, exploring the more cerebral part of this criminal element.
We were treated to some amazing dialogue this week, weren't we? Mr. Means talk of paradoxes and the difference between ordinary versus extraordinary men:
Means: Consider me an admirer Mr. Thompson. Ordinary men avoid trouble. Extraordinary men turn it to their advantage. You and I have that in common.
And the great game of quid pro quo Nucky played with Rothstein are why I enjoy those conversations like Arnold said he does.
Gyp doesn't play by anyone's rules. He acts according to his own agenda as if he has a license to step on anyone he wants.
Based on what we saw in the premiere, I found myself flinching each time he spoke to someone, half expecting their next comment to be their last.
Absence certainly makes the heart grow fonder, so I was very pleased to see the return of Chalky White after his no show in the premiere.
While the family matters we witnessed weren't as dynamic as the scenes we are used to seeing this dynamic character in, they were worth watching because we were treated to a glimpse of his past and eventual rise to power, something I hope we learn more about. There is no shame in his game, but Chalky wants more for his children, which is why he does what he does. So when his daughter continued to back talk him and question his judgement, I too felt his ire.
Very intense scene when he confronted her at his club asking her if this was what she wanted. It also made me think of another intense individual saying LOOK AT ME.
Boardwalk Empire Season 3 debut was Eli, as we saw his release from prison. Mickey Doyle can definitely get on my nerves, but he also has had his moments and this week was no exception. His attempts to joke with Eli were hilarious. On the other side of the car, Eli did well to ask the question I'm sure most fans of the show have asked at some point: "how the fu-k are you still alive?"
I wish she would just get over this hospital fascination though. Two episodes in now and we have heard her talk of nothing more than church business and prenatal care. Getting back to my earlier comment about Richard, I don't think it is necessary for her to be featured each week at all. In fact, the only character who probably should be in every episode is Nucky.