I will miss, most of all, the sweeping, evocative cinematography. There’s never been anything else quite like it on TV, and I say this as a girl who was obsessed with shows like Rome and Spartacus.
The little girls singing before pedophiliac Commodore took the creepiness factor to twelve.
Capone, on the eve of his downfall: “You think Marlene Dietrich is a dyke?” Never change, Al.
Luciano’s expressions alone deserve an award. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the evolution of this character over the series, and ending with the christening of the syndicate was a great stopping point.
Ahhhh, how I adore sassy, intelligent, resourceful Margaret! The sequence with Kennedy was fantastic. “Here’s an experiment for you. Think about the things you want in life, then picture yourself in a dress.” My only regret is getting cheated out of a whole season of her with Rothstein.
Speaking of Margaret, her final scene with Nucky was exactly as I would have wanted it, illustrative of the subtle sentiment and care they maintained for one another, and an acknowledgement that neither were innocent in all that transpired.
Serious kudos to Stephen Graham for the range he brought to Capone over the series. From the tenderness of fatherhood to the erratic showmanship which defined him publicly. Perfectly captured.
Everyone kept saying that kid was Tommy Darmody and I kept saying, “nope.” Alright, then. I suppose I can accept a bit of retcon to age him another 5 years in order to make this feasible.
The tragedy of Gillian and Nucky is laced together so perfectly in the final sequances. There’s nothing I could say to do it the proper justice. Just… perfection. The alpha, and the omega. *Slow, tearful clap*
As a writer, I can fully appreciate the care that went into the storytelling for this season. This will go down as one of my favorite series finales of all time (also on the list: Six Feet Under, Spartacus).
Overall Score: A+
Season Score: A-
Series Score: B
Sarah’s 10 Point Reviews- “Boardwalk Empire Episode 55: Friendless Child” (TV)
- Before even starting this episode, I’m aware I’m still in deep mourning for Chalky (also still in mourning for Omar, The Wire fans. Michael K Williams is a nonstop boss). Also already missing Van Alden’s reminding us WHY MUST IT ALWAYS BE PANDEMONIUM?
- “Ive played chess and I’ve never had an opponent try to kill me.”
- I’m in the minority of viewers who enjoys the way they’ve woven in the Nucky Origin Flashbacks. It was always fairly obvious what they were building to, but as they inch toward the finish, the effect grows more and more chilling.
- Gillian was always a tragic character, but this is the first time my heart physically ached for her. The first time I could look past her myriad sins. Bonus points for the effect the dual haircuts of her youth and middle age had.
- Young Nucky, Eli, Gillian are so scarily spot-on, that I could be convinced they were part of a genetic cloning program.
- Really enjoying watching the way the crime syndicate was formed. It was an effective background story, to watch them rise, but I find myself wishing Terence Winter would do a spin-off featuring Lansky, Luciano, and Siegel.
- I never in a million years expected to say this, but: I’m going to miss Mickey Doyle.
- It speaks to the power of the storytelling of this show that I am able to both loathe Nucky and still want to see him come out on top.
- I’m still banking on Nucky’s fate being decided by Gillian’s revenge, rather than a rogue execution by Luciano & Co. Which would be an excellent way to bring the series, and Nucky’s rise and fall, full circle as it concludes.
- Is this really the penultimate episode? I’m still in denial. Then again, they’ve killed off everyone I ever loved, so I suppose it’s time.
Overall Score: A-____________________ I read. I watch original cable shows. I take in a movie from time to time. And most of what I absorb can be described in ten bullet points. Thus, Sarah’s 10 Point Reviews was born. You’ll find no rhyme or reason to what and when I review something. My motivations tend to as random as my reviews. You’re welcome to add your own ten bullets in the comments, if the mood strikes. Enjoy!