'Board Walk' picks up the pace
Published: Sunday, September 15, 2013
Updated: Sunday, September 15, 2013 23:09
“Board Walk Empire” season three was very similar to season three of “The Walking Dead.” While there were significant moments with major plot points, characters being killed off and really good episodes, as a whole the entire season was a dragged-out conflict that did not need to consume an entire season. Both also featured an antagonist who seemed interesting at first, however once they received more development the character was filled with holes and unanswered questions that did not add mystery but rather irritated the audience. Fortunately for Boardwalk fans our antagonist was finally killed at the end and the plot was allowed to move forward. Overall season three was a good season even if it had its flaws.
“The Walking Dead” season three did not end or fare as well as Boardwalk’s season three did, but perhaps they will take the advice from Boardwalk’s season four premiere and start it off right. The season four premiere delivered so many new characters and interesting plots that I am sure this season will progress a lot better and faster than last season. We start off with my favorite character, Richard, who is on a vengeful search for something the audience has not been told yet, murdering and leaving a bloody trail along the way. The writers have done a great job with Richard throughout the years and I find myself cheering for him even if I don’t know who he is killing or why. We last saw him single-handedly clear out a house full of mobster scum at a brothel in season three’s finale and it sure seems like his body count is only increasing.
In season three we saw Nucky slowly change from the half-gangster, half-politician he’s always been into a full-blown criminal. He now seems harder than he’s ever been. He is unapologetic and no longer fakes a smile for the media or the voters. He no longer cares to entertain the prospects of the gold digging women who throw themselves at him and is looking out for his family and his business. Nucky is no longer a corrupt politician but more of a Michael Corleone Don type running his empire as he sees fit. While we have yet to see him do any of the brutal things we saw him do last season, his darker character suggests it’s all coming very soon.
The reason “Boardwalk Empire” manages to remain one of the best shows on television--on par with “The Sopranos,” “The Wire” or “Breaking Bad”--is because the writers do not seem to ever stop trying. Usually the moment a show becomes popular, audiences begin to see a decline in quality, content, development and more of a focus on silly cliffhangers, absurd plot twists and poor writing because the comfort level among the production team is a lot higher than it previously was. It all becomes formulaic. We have yet to see any of this happen on “Boardwalk Empire.” While season three’s main conflict was unnecessarily long, everything else happening was enough to make up for it and keep an entertaining show at the top of its game. Season four may just be beginning, but there certainly seems to be no indication that the quality is going anywhere but uphill.