Damn, It Feels Good To Be a Gangster—Season 3
Mother Jones - over 4 years
This review contains spoilers for the previous season of Boardwalk Empire.
At its core, Boardwalk Empire has always been a typical boy-meets-girl story. Boy (Nucky Thompson) meets girl (Margaret Schroeder) in season 1, episode 1. Boy saves girl, and girl's two children, from girl's abusive alcoholic husband. Boy goes through advanced moral degeneration involving murder, cheating, and Prohibition-era corruption, thus upsetting girl. Girl marries boy, anyway, by end of season 2. Boy ends up killing his ex-protégé in a fit of cool time-to-go-full-gangsta rage at end of season 2, lies about it to girl.
And with the first five episodes of season 3, Boardwalk Empire maintains its status as one of the most compulsively watchable shows on TV.
As with all great cable dramas, its flaws are few and far between, but glaring nonetheless. Thus far, the season's pacing can drag, and there are some truly rich subplots that go criminally neglected (particularly that of black gangster/Nucky ally
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