Boardwalk Empire: Season 1 Catch All

I've been psyched, for the start of this show, since I first started seeing trailers for it back in January, and now the premiere is almost here. Anyone else out there, who can't wait for Sunday night?

The cast, and crew, are mostly names I recognize, and whose work I love. And, all the reviews I've seen, are extremely positive. I am very optimistic this will be another fantastic HBO series.

Here are a couple of quotes, from reviews I have come across so far:

Time.com wrote:

While The Sopranos is the instant comparison for this show—given the state, the subject matter, and HBO's history—this is not "the next Sopranos." The more I watched the show, the more I thought the real analogies are more like Rome and, especially, Deadwood.

You had me at Rome.

The Hollywood Reporter wrote:

Not since "Mad Men" has a slice of history been so meticulously re-created for television, from its elaborate sets to resplendent costuming -- though HBO's 2005-07 series "Rome" would run a close third. But whereas few with access to a time machine would want to venture back to war-torn ancient Italy, "Boardwalk" beckons with its depiction of a lively ur-Vegas that seems great fun -- unless you happen to be the victim of its frequent violent crimes.

EDIT: Updated thread title.

And check your local provider, I know Verizon FIOS in MA gets HBO free this weekend. (Maybe Cinemax, too)

Unfortunately, I don't have HBO, but my brother-in-law and his partner are in this, so I'll catch it up at their place soon after it airs

Woohoo! Mink: the series!!!!!

I'm pumped.

I'm extremely excited for this show and hope it will live up to the hype. It is such an interesting setting that really hasn't been explored.

A friend of mine went to the pre show/party in Rockefeller Center Wednesday night and he said he loved it. The tone of the show looks awesome and cant wait to see it.

Count me in on getting in on the bottom floor to this. The cast and the comparisons to Mad Men and Deadwood are just the icing on the cake. Gangsters in Prohibition era America? I would watch a show on that topic even if it were directed by M Night Shyamalan.

. . .

well, not him. But pretty much anyone else.

Between this and the upcoming Game of Thrones show, I am going to get me some HBO.

Glad I have HBO. Should be fun.

Oh, and one more reason, this show is gonna rock.

Michael K. Williams! AKA Omar Little, from The Wire.

Seth wrote:

Count me in on getting in on the bottom floor to this. The cast and the comparisons to Mad Men and Deadwood are just the icing on the cake. Gangsters in Prohibition era America? I would watch a show on that topic even if it were directed by M Night Shyamalan.

. . .

well, not him. But pretty much anyone else.

In case you've never seen it, I highly recommend "Once Upon A Time in America." Great movie that takes place during the same time period. Directed by Sergio Leone, and starring Robert DeNiro, James Woods, and Joe Pesci.

Oh, btw, the book it's based on is supposed to be very good. A factual account which took years to research. It's got the same name.

VicD714 wrote:

Michael K. Williams!

In '30s pimp suits no less. Too bad I'm out of town for the premiere.

my little brother is in it. he's a street punk or something. background stuff. apparently Marty hand picked him! ...kinda wish I had HBO now. for that and game of thrones coming up. the trailer looked sweet.

And True Blood lol. HBO is worth it.

Well, hopefully Comcast will have this On Demand, because I don't trust my DVR.

Rat Boy wrote:

Well, hopefully Comcast will have this On Demand, because I don't trust my DVR.

HBO OnDemand is pretty good about updating every Monday. Love it.

That was great. Some rough bits of clumsy expository dialogue aside, definitely something to be excited about.

Not a bad start considering they have to take so much time setting the stage. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing where they take it.

The ads & previews made Nucky seem like a bigger dirt bag than he actually was in the episode.

Quintin_Stone wrote:

The ads & previews made Nucky seem like a bigger dirt bag than he actually was in the episode.

Yea, he was veering too far towards hapless loser for my liking. I kept expecting him to look up and say "why me?!" in the typical Buscemi movie character fashion. I'm hoping he'll develop into more of a ruthless badass - "you can't be half a gangster anymore" as things progress.

I thought it was a great start to the series, and showed off Nucky's different personas quite well. Politician, ladies man, caring do-gooder, and last but not least ruthless badass. Bouncing the wife-beating husband's head off the gambling table, seemed to demonstrate pretty well, that you don't want to mess with Nucky, when he's already pissed off. I will be thoroughly enjoying this series, if the rest of the season is anything like last night's episode.

VicD714 wrote:

Bouncing the wife-beating husband's head off the gambling table, seemed to demonstrate pretty well, that you don't want to mess with Nucky, when he's already pissed off.

But will he learn his lesson that actions have unintended consequences?

I'm glad they offed the wife-beating husband. My wife wasn't terribly keen on watching some guy hit his his pregnant wife in front of the crying kids, and I don't want to watch this show alone

Quintin_Stone wrote:
VicD714 wrote:

Bouncing the wife-beating husband's head off the gambling table, seemed to demonstrate pretty well, that you don't want to mess with Nucky, when he's already pissed off.

But will he learn his lesson that actions have unintended consequences?

I'll certainly be sticking around to find out.

Oh, this is going to be big. Really big.

Off to a good start. I can't wait to see more.

Buying in. My only gripe was the intro, anyone else underwhelmed by it? Dunno what it is but I remember when watching Sopranos that intro gave me goosebumps. Trueblood not goosebumps but still a great intro and same goes for Madmen.

Just finished it. It's gonna be great.

I think I'm going to lose a lot of time at the office tomorrow on Wikipedia, though...

I'll be invested for awhile. I'm hoping they plan on making it a more intimate story and don't focus too much on what's happening in New York and Chicago. I mean it was nice to see all the big bootlegger names listed to add some point of view, but... I don't really want another show about Capone and Luciano, I want a show about Nucky and his brother.

Also, maybe it was just me, but damn does Michael Pitt remind me of a young Leonardo DiCaprio.

Who was the guy who got shot in the Chicago restaurant at the end?