Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Boardwalk Empire Sneak Preview Review 4.10: Unholy Alliances

Continuing with my sneak preview reviews of 
Boardwalk Empire - this one of 4.10 - courtesy of screeners from Starpulse, guaranteed to be specific spoiler free, and to be followed this Sunday with a proper recap/review right after the episode has aired in New York City, just up the road from A.C.

This is a real hit-the-fan episode, bursting with gunplay, verbal confrontations, great lines, and surprising, unholy alliances.

First, on the death count - lots of peripherals killed, and three major characters are in deadly peril from bullets.   I won't tell you their names, because you'd know that two survived, based on their names, and what we know about them in real history.  As for the third ... well, I said above, this review will be specific-spoiler free.

The unholy alliances are disturbing, gratifying and, in one case, a real stunner that drastically ups the ante against Nucky.   One takes place totally in New York City, and we could sort have seen it coming. The stunner entails Atlantic City and NYC.

Nucky gets off the best line, telling Narcisse that he's wanted to ask him a question since ever first they met - "who the fuck do you think you are".   The delivery is vintage Steve Buscemi, in a tone of voice we've admired since Reservoir Dogs.

Alliances - unholy and otherwise - speak to loyalty, and the position of Eli, pressed by Feds, trying to protect his son but loathe to sell Nucky down the river, is the central theme of this taut episode.   The last scene could have come right out of The Godfather - and, come to think of it, there's 1920s music that sounds like it could have come from The Godfather in one of the scenes in Florida.

And I'll be back with more detailed proper review shortly after this episode airs on Sunday.

See also Boardwalk Empire 4.1: Sneak Preview Review ... Boardwalk Empire 4.2: Sneak Preview Review ... Boardwalk Empire 4.2: J. Edgar ...Boardwalk Empire Sneak Preview Review 4.3: Honey, Sunny ...Boardwalk Empire 4.3: Nucky, Sunshine, and Heroin ... Boardwalk Empire Sneak Preview Review 4.4: Downfalls ... Boardwalk Empire 4.4: Bullies and Betrayals ... Boardwalk Empire Sneak Preview 4.5: The Gift of Rage ... Boardwalk 4.5: Two Deaths ... Boardwalk Empire Sneak Preview 4.6: Good Lovin' ... Boardwalk Empire 4.6: Sally and Margaret ... Boardwalk Empire Sneak Preview 4.7: Beds, Promotions, Surprises ... Boardwalk Empire 4.7: Family and History ... Boardwalk Empire Sneak Preview 4.8: The Blues ... Boardwalk Empire 4.8: Knives in the Back ... Boardwalk Empire 4.9: The Imbecile

And see also Boardwalk Empire 3.1: Happy News Year 1923  ... Boardwalk Empire 3.2: Gasoline and the White Rock Girl ... Boardwalk Empire 3.3: The Showgirl and The Psycho ... Boardwalk Empire 3.5: "10 L'Chaim" ... Boardwalk Empire 3.7: Deadly Gillian ... Boardwalk Empire 3.8: Andrew Mellon ... Boardwalk Empire 3.9: Impaired Nucky


And see also Boardwalk Empire 2.1: Politics in an Age Before YouTube  ... Boardwalk Empire 2.2: The Woman Behind the Throne ... Boardwalk Empire 2.3: Frankenstein and Victrola ... Boardwalk Empire 2.4: Nearly Flagrante Delicto ... Boardwalk Empire 2.5: Richard's Story ... Boardwalk Empire 2.6: Owen and Other Bad News for Nucky ... Boardwalk Empire 2.7: Shot in the Hand  ...Boardwalk Empire 2.8: Pups with Fangs ... Boardwalk Empire 2.9: Ireland, Radio, Polio ...Boardwalk Empire 2.10: Double Shot ... Boardwalk Empire 2.11: Gillian and Jimmy  ... Boardwalk Empire Season 2 Finale: Stunner!








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