'Hold Me in Paradise' on 'Boardwalk Empire'
November 8th, 2010
01:50 PM ET

'Hold Me in Paradise' on 'Boardwalk Empire'

So after last week's "Going Nucky" Halloween celebration, I decided to take it easy this week, laying low around the office and sticking close to my cubicle.

While I was refraining from charging extra for cans of Sprite, I had a chance to reflect on the season thus far, and if there's been one common thread throughout each of the eight episodes to this point, it’s been the show's use of symbolism.

Some moments were cleverly covert, such as the muddy tracks in the pristine marble foyer of the Ritz Carlton at the conclusion of episode three, "Broadway Limited.” After Chalky's driver was hanged with the words "Liquor Kills" sprawled onto the car beneath him, Nucky's allegorical footprints seemed to signify the exact place in time when the filth of his illegal dealings began to invade his otherwise clean, docile existence.

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'Going Nucky' for 'Boardwalk Empire'
November 1st, 2010
02:08 PM ET

'Going Nucky' for 'Boardwalk Empire'

“Boardwalk Empire” fans, it’s been an interesting week.

For starters, although I'm not a big Halloween guy, I felt adventurous after last week's episode and came up with the PERFECT scenario for some late October fun.

I decided to “go Nucky.”

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Girl fight on 'Boardwalk Empire'
October 25th, 2010
03:23 PM ET

Girl fight on 'Boardwalk Empire'

Welcome back "Empire" fans. Let's get right to it...

For the five episodes we've seen thus far, each "Boardwalk Empire" episode feels extremely unique. As a matter of fact, I coined last week's episode a smorgasbord. And, to avoid the overuse of terms that mean "large helpings," I absolutely will NOT refer to this week's episode (another gem brimming with drama) as a "buffet." Nope, I'm drawing the line. That's it. No more food terms to describe the show that has offered us so much in its 60 minutes.

IT WAS A CORNUCOPIA! I'm sorry, I couldn't help myself. Episode six, "Family Limitation," was abundant in riveting drama, jolting action and savvy dialogue. Now that I got that off my chest, how about a quick stroll past last night's episode:

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'Boardwalk Empire': Lucy is certainly no Margaret
October 18th, 2010
12:21 PM ET

'Boardwalk Empire': Lucy is certainly no Margaret

Welcome back “Boardwalk Empire” fans. In last week's blog, I found a moment or two (okay, so it was more like five) to wax poetic on the subject of my affinity for the widow Margaret Schroeder.

Since the show began, this character (played masterfully by Kelly Macdonald) has been an increasingly intriguing wrinkle in Nucky's freshly-pressed world.

Well, as of this week's episode, "Nights in Ballygran," I should probably leave some space on this blog for your hand claps and high-fives because Margaret was absolutely magnificent.

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Well-chosen birthday cakes on 'Boardwalk Empire'
October 11th, 2010
11:34 AM ET

Well-chosen birthday cakes on 'Boardwalk Empire'

Another episode of “Boardwalk Empire” is in the books, and I have a confession to make: I have not yet learned how to type anything negative about this show.

“Empire” fans, I swear, I'm trying. This space is certainly not reserved for testimonials on the grandeur and overall awesomeness of HBO's newest drama, but for four straight weeks now, the writers are renting to own here while I keep searching for annoyances as the Atlantic City tale unfolds.

There must be a time coming when some character will be a weak addition to the script, or some storyline will annoy me, right? Actually, I may have one lead on this, but confidence is NOT high – more on that later.

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'Boardwalk Empire' starts to get messy
October 4th, 2010
01:57 PM ET

'Boardwalk Empire' starts to get messy

We’re three episodes in, “Boardwalk Empire” fans, and I'm banging the gavel. Let's make it official: “Boardwalk” is an absolutely fantastic show.

Hasty decision? Nope. Jumping the gun? No way. I've been watching TV for quite some time, and when you know, you just know. My taste in TV has evolved, but the gravitational pull to certain characters in certain shows has stood the test of time. Over the years, I have intently followed central figures as they navigated their respective storylines, and occasionally tried on their shoes to see how it felt to walk in them.

Somewhere between Rocky Balboa, Cliff Huxtable and the brash, infinitely evil J.R. Ewing from "Dallas," I've openly rooted for the main guy/gal to wiggle out of the self-induced jam whether he was hero, villain, or some combination of both.

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