Season Review-Boardwalk Empire Season 3

by whifferrack | created - 29 Jul 2012 | updated - 06 Dec 2012 | Public

Overall: 9-amazing

This is my favorite season so far. Everything was bigger, more exciting, and just incredibly well done. I didn't even miss Jimmy, and he was one of my favorite characters. The season started off good, then ended spectacularly. Gyp Rosetti was a fantastic villain. He was both funny yet menacing, and I loved him. I also really liked Richard's storyline, especially what he did in the finale. Nucky's storyline was definitely much more exciting-there was a sense of real danger, and while I would've liked more Chalky, I thought this story came together nicely. Gillian's storyline was much more weird and disturbing, but it fit her character and was pretty compelling. However, Van Alden was way underused. Michael Shannon is a brilliant actor, but he was wasted this season.

The season hit its high point with "Two Imposters", the best episode I've seen of this show. It was moving, violent, intense, and was a masterpiece. I also thought the finale was very well done, and I'm looking forward to next season.

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1. Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014)
Episode: Resolution (2012)

TV-MA | 57 min | Crime, Drama, History

Season 3 premiere. Nucky makes a New Year's resolution; Margaret eyes a hospital expansion; Gillian builds a new business; Van Alden calls a gangster's bluff.

Director: Timothy Van Patten | Stars: Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham

Votes: 1,364

8.5-great

2. Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014)
Episode: Spaghetti and Coffee (2012)

TV-MA | 58 min | Crime, Drama, History

Nucky's relationship with Billie grows as Margaret becomes involved in women's issues at the hospital. A humbled Eli is released from jail as Gyp muscles into the operation.

Director: Alik Sakharov | Stars: Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham

Votes: 1,129

7.5-good

3. Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014)
Episode: Bone for Tuna (2012)

TV-MA | 56 min | Crime, Drama, History

Gyp and his crew choke off the northbound road to New York and forces Nucky to come to an accommodation as he also tries to muscle into AC's prostitution.

Director: Jeremy Podeswa | Stars: Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham

Votes: 1,114

8.5-great

4. Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014)
Episode: Blue Bell Boy (2012)

TV-MA | 57 min | Crime, Drama, History

After tracking down a liquor thief, Nucky and Owen end up spending a long night hiding out from the Feds with the precocious perp. Mickey makes a routing call that will have far-reaching consequences. Capone's feud with O'Banion heats up.

Director: Kari Skogland | Stars: Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham

Votes: 1,147

9-amazing

5. Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014)
Episode: You'd Be Surprised (2012)

TV-MA | 59 min | Crime, Drama, History

A frustrated Rothstein meets with Gyp in Tabor Heights, a paranoid Van Alden is looking over his shoulder, and Nucky goes to great length to insure success for Billie's show.

Director: Timothy Van Patten | Stars: Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham

Votes: 1,101

8.5-great

6. Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014)
Episode: Ging Gang Goolie (2012)

TV-MA | 56 min | Crime, Drama, History

Daugherty's men harass Nucky on trumped up charges and he forms an alliance with Esther Randolph while the rift with Margaret grows wider.

Director: Ed Bianchi | Stars: Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham

Votes: 1,051

8-great

7. Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014)
Episode: Sunday Best (2012)

TV-MA | 59 min | Crime, Drama, History

Easter Sunday allows for several families to share dinner" Nucky, Margaret and the kids with Eli, Richard with the Sagorskys, and Gyp with his wife and kids.

Director: Allen Coulter | Stars: Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham

Votes: 1,077

9-amazing

8. Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014)
Episode: The Pony (2012)

TV-MA | 59 min | Crime, Drama, History

Gillian plots revenge for Jimmy's murder, Billie gets a screen test, and Nicky approaches cabinet secretary Andrew Mellon with an offer he can't refuse.

Director: Timothy Van Patten | Stars: Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham

Votes: 1,124

8.5-great

9. Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014)
Episode: The Milkmaid's Lot (2012)

TV-MA | 54 min | Crime, Drama, History

Nucky is still feeling the effects of the bomb concussion as Rothstein and other allies withdraw their support while Margaret and Owen come to an understanding.

Director: Ed Bianchi | Stars: Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham

Votes: 1,056

9-amazing

10. Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014)
Episode: A Man, a Plan... (2012)

TV-MA | 58 min | Crime, Drama, History

Nucky plans to whack Joe Masseria and Gyp Rosetti, Richard stands up to Julia's abusive father, and Owen and Margaret plan to run off together.

Director: Jeremy Podeswa | Stars: Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham

Votes: 1,260

9-amazing

11. Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014)
Episode: Two Imposters (2012)

TV-MA | 50 min | Crime, Drama, History

After Owen's dead body is delivered in a crate and Margaret leaves him, Nucky spends the next day with a seriously wounded Eddie and Gyp's thugs trying to kill him.

Director: Allen Coulter | Stars: Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham

Votes: 1,769

10-masterpiece

12. Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014)
Episode: Margate Sands (2012)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, History

After promising Rothstein Mellon's distillery, Masseria is persuaded to withdraw his support for Gyp, and Margaret finds an abortionist in Brooklyn.

Director: Timothy Van Patten | Stars: Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham

Votes: 1,685

9.5-amazing