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Free ((Watch)) Boardwalk Empire Season 4 Episode 4 Watch Online Video Streaming
Boardwalk Empire Season 4 Episode 4 easily establishes its claim as one of the three or four best dramas on TV. But initial impressions aren't too promising. Sunday's opener is a nasty piece of business in parts, and worse, muddled. Some fans may find themselves wondering where this is going and whether they want to go there with it. You will (believe me, you will) but just gird yourself for something new, and in surprising ways, something better. "Empire" is richer, deeper,
if possible -- even more beautiful. And this does remain very much a thing of beauty and craftsmanship. The huge creative challenge for "Empire's" fourth season is escaping the long shadow cast by the third -- a crowd-pleaser with archetypical villain, Bobby Cannavale's Gyp Rosetti, who tended to suck up so much oxygen there wasn't all that much left for most of the other characters. The series takes its time doing that, and probably needs to. What happens after the extraordinary fifth episode, "Erlkönig," on Oct. 6? Guess we'll all find out together.
Anyone who watched HBO's best-drama nominee Boardwalk Empire won't be surprised to hear that star Steve Buscemi (left) received a nod for best actor in 2010.
Photograph by: Submitted photo , HBO
Eight months have passed since Nucky Thompson was nearly gutted like a fish by gangster Gyp Rosetti in Boardwalk Empire, Terence Winter’s sprawling Prohibition Era ensemble drama about gangsters, gun molls and booze smugglers carting crates of Canadian Club across the border on the sly.
Nucky, played with a deft combination of nervous energy and a growing world weariness by Steve Buscemi, is building his empire again when Boardwalk returns Sunday for its fourth season, but this time he’s lying low, building by consensus and diplomacy, and exercising uncharacteristic patience.
It’s just as well. Arnold Rothstein, Al Capone, Lucky Luciano and the other swells from Chicago no longer trust Nucky to stay on the straight-and-narrow in their business dealings with him, nor he them. Trust is a rare commodity in the bootlegging business, not easily regained when lost. The tension is palpable. Given Boardwalk Empire’s past predilection for violence and mayhem, the unusually quiet opener may well be the calm before the storm.
Boardwalk Empire gets away with a lot — appalling violence, race baiting, full frontal nudity (male and female), explicit violence, etc. — because of its exquisite sense of time and place, and its attention to period detail. The fourth-season opener picks up in New York in 1924, in the burgeoning jazz clubs of Harlem, and Art Deco is all the rage. Whiskey is still be hard to come by, but otherwise life is good: It’s a time for taking account of one’s stock.
The season opener’s theme overall is loss, and trying to reclaim a piece of the past. As the hour begins, Nucky is negotiating a new arrangement with the swells from Chicago, while casting his eye on what looks like a promising land deal in Florida. Chalky White (Michael K. Williams) is eyeing the nightclub business — the Cotton Club sounds like a good deal. Disfigured Richard Harrow (Jack Huston) is restless and uncertain about his direction in life; on the one hand he remains determined to settle old scores, but on the other he hopes to get back some of what he lost before his terrible war injury.