The premiere covered a heck of a lot of ground in introducing us to Prohibition-era Atlantic City, N.J., and its kingpin, Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi). Writer Terence Winter seemed to acknowledge that at one point as federal agent Van Alden’s (Michael Shannon) bewildered new partner had trouble keeping track of who was who in Nucky’s gangster/bootlegger world.
We confess that we could’ve used a lineup card to keep track of everyone as well, but despite that, there was a great deal to enjoy in the series debut. Among the high points: the relationship between Nucky and his ambitious underling Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt); Jimmy and a young Al Capone’s (Stephen Graham) off-the-cuff conversation about their business while their bosses were inside; and Martin Scorsese‘s direction, particularly the cutting back and forth between Van Alden’s raid on the funeral parlor/liquor operation and Jimmy and Al stealing the New York-bound liquor shipment.
What were your thoughts on the premiere? Will you be sticking around?
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