Boardwalk Empire: Season 1, Episode 1

Boardwalk Empire (19 Sep. 2010)

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January 1920. On the eve of Prohibition, Atlantic City's Treasurer, Nucky Thompson, condemns alcohol at a Women's Temperance League meeting, where he is noticed by Margaret Schroeder, a ... See full summary »

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January 1920. On the eve of Prohibition, Atlantic City's Treasurer, Nucky Thompson, condemns alcohol at a Women's Temperance League meeting, where he is noticed by Margaret Schroeder, a pretty, pregnant housewife who comes to him for help in getting her abusive husband Hans a job. Later that evening, the duplicitous Nucky privately tells his ward bosses about the opportunity to make huge profits selling bootleg liquor. At a countdown-to-midnight blast at Babette's Supper Club, he assures Jimmy Darmody, a recently returned WWI vet, that his appointment as "Man Friday" to the new Chief Clerk of the Fourth Ward, Paddy Ryan, will lead to bigger things. Jimmy, meanwhile, has higher aspirations and ends up making an alliance that could have dire consequences for both him and Nucky. Written by HBO Publicity

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Real life gangster Arnold Rothstein would later be immortalized in F. Scott Fitzgerald's famous novel 'The Great Gatsby' where Gatsby introduces the narrator, Nick, to a friend and business associate of his called Meyer Wolfsheim, a Jewish gangster and gambler who had 'fixed the World Series' just as Rothstein did in real life. See more »

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In the prohibition party scene at the beginning of the episode the ceiling begins to have multitudes of black latex balloons drop from it. Although latex balloons were invented in the early 1800s they were not put into mass production until the 1930s and therefore were unlikely to be available in such abundance if at all in 1920. However, they might have been procured for an extravagant and decadent party such as this one. See more »

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Margaret Schroeder: I would be honored to name my child after you.
Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson: Enoch? You couldn't possibly be so cruel.
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Pretty good start, but far from perfect
19 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Broadwalk Empire has been the most awaited new show of the season, simply because it has an impressive cast of movie stars and has Martin Scorsese under it's wing. What did I think?

The Pilot was certainly stylized as one would expect. The sets, costumes, and the cinematography are all very impressive, and one can see this show is one that cost a lot of money. Saying that, it is expected from Scorsese as a director, but the Pilot was pretty much what one would expect as well. The episode was fast-paced, introducing a lot of characters, and it did entertain for most of the episode. However, it also remained distant and cold in it's approach, maybe because it was a little too fast-paced and had way too many plots going on. It remained interesting always, but not always as engaging as I would have thought from seeing the critical acclaim it has garnered. Steve Buscemi is pretty good, but I actually think he was the weakest of the cast. To be honest, none of the cast impressed me much, it all seemed like it was clearly an exercise in 'acting'. Actually, the real stand-out to me was the most unknown from the main cast, which was Michael Pitt. He is fantastic and held up most of the Pilot for me.

All in all, I will continue watching, but it already seems like the series is overdoing it, and it was surprisingly not as impressive as I would have thought. Let's just see where it goes from here.


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