Last year, after months of dreaming about it, I finally signed up to Sky. This turned out to be a well timed decision as my installation date gloriously coincided with the launch of Sky’s new channel, Sky Atlantic. This opened me up to the delights of plentiful new series, such as Game of Thrones, Bored to Death and The Borgias, and also to re-runs of classics, like ER and The Sopranos, which I had missed the first time around.
By far the most wonderful discovery was Boardwalk Empire. The series is set in Atlantic City during the prohibition era and focuses on the personal and private life of corrupt County Treasurer Nucky Thompson (based on real life Enoch Johnson). The show was set to be a success from the beginning, being produced by Martin Scorsese and Terrence Winter (of The Sopranos fame). The pilot episode alone cost a staggering $18 million and was well spent with the first series being nominated for eighteen Emmy Awards and winning eight.
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As a viewer, I was instantly captivated by the glamourous sets, costumes and soundtrack which drew me so completely into the world of Atlantic City that I was reluctant to return to my own front room when the hour was up. The language of the prohibition culture was brought to life through beautifully drawn characters made compelling by outstanding actors including Steve Buscemi and Michael Pitt.
There is so much to say about Boardwalk but as the series moved on, I found myself drawn in by the romantic storyline between Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) and Margaret Schroeder (Kelly Macdonald). And I should probably make it clear to you now that the rest of this post is written by a hopeless romantic! As the first series concluded, Nucky’s vulnerability was revealed and I began to hope that their future might be positive. But, as the pair looked out to sea during those closing seconds of the series one finale, uncomfortable glances suggested Margaret already doubted her choice and Nucky doubted her intentions. The audience was left to consider: does she love him or the life he can offer her?
|Nucky and Margaret dine out|
After months of waiting for the second series I was happy to see the series open with Nucky and Margaret enjoying a certain amount of domestic bliss. I was also pleased to see Margaret take on a more significant role in Nucky’s life, with Nucky leaning on her for more than just emotional support (although I was concerned for her own morality of course!).
But Owen (a new Irish character now working for Nucky) loomed on the horizon. And then this week, Margaret took Owen into her bed. I have to admit I’m imensely disappointed that this has happened! We were warned that Margaret would constantly surprise us this series (Kelly Macdonald on Boardwalk Empire spot, Sky Atlantic), but this was something I did not expect. Before Nucky gets shot in the hand, he also eyes up an attractive young woman. So, what now for Nucky and Margaret?! I’ll guess I’ll have to wait until next week.
|Nucky and Margaret: what does the future hold?|