So I just finished watching the pilot of the new HBO series, “Boardwalk Empire”, and I’m pretty thoroughly impressed.
First off, Steve Buscemi is awesome. Rock and fucking roll. And his character is like a mix of Al Capone and Jesus Christ. The show is all about Atlantic City in the 1920’s, where Prohibition is really totally regarded as a joke.
For instance, in one scene, the crowded, vintage casino came to a quiet pause to countdown to midnight. Not for new years, but for when the Volstead Act, effectivly prohibiting alcohol in the United States, became law. As soon as midnight strikes, the room breaks into wild dancing to the sound of terrible, high-pitched gramaphone jazz, as some 20’s-era prostitutes pop bottles of champagne.
The demand for alcohol, identical to the demand for weed and other drugs now, is so steadfast that the demand will be met, no matter the cost.
Speaking of Al Capone, he’s actually in this episode. No joke. A young one. Quite humourous, but I enjoy that he’s not the main plot. He’s too gangster. Nucky Thompson (sick name, eh?), who is Buscemi’s character, is like a politician, so he basically has to please everyone. The scene starts with him talking at a womens’ temprance movement meeting thingy, describing the ills of alcohol. Immedeatly following, he is doing an alcohol swap by boat at night. Great stuff.
Not quite as good as Mad Men, but to be honest they are extremely different shows.
Anyways, hope the rest of the series is as good as this episode.