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Boardwalk Empire (S5E01) Season Premiere - "Golden Days for Boys and Girls" - 9/7/14



Nucky (Steve Buscemi) is awash in memories from pier-boy days growing up in 1884 Atlantic City, when the young Nucky (Nolan Lyons) caught the eye of the Commodore (John Elllison Conlee). In 1931 Cuba, Nucky joins Sally Wheet (Patricia Arquette) and, with a U.S. Senator in tow, forges ties with Bacardi Rum in hopes of Prohibition's repeal in the U.S. Working on Wall Street, Margaret (Kelly Macdonald) finds herself in the hot seat when her boss, facing an internal investigation, decides his own future. Down but never out, Chalky (Michael Kenneth Williams) seizes an opportunity to extricate himself from a difficult situation. In New York, Lucky Luciano (Vincent Piazza) sets in motion a bold plan that reverberates all the way to Nucky in Cuba.

Written by Howard Korder; directed by Tim Van Patten.
8 episode final season.
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Re: Boardwalk Empire (S5E01) Season Premiere - "Golden Days for Boys and Girls" - 9/7

Looking forward to this!
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Re: Boardwalk Empire (S5E01) Season Premiere - "Golden Days for Boys and Girls" - 9/7

Pretty excited for what's next.
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Re: Boardwalk Empire (S5E01) Season Premiere - "Golden Days for Boys and Girls" - 9/7

Good start. I liked the flashbacks more than 1931 Nucky.

Looking forward to New York. Nice touch giving Luciano the scar and droopy eye.
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Re: Boardwalk Empire (S5E01) Season Premiere - "Golden Days for Boys and Girls" - 9/7

I'm a little disappointed that they skipped over the Castellamarese War and jumped right to Joe Masseria's assassination, but I guess there's only so much you can fit into 56 hours (?) of TV.

I did like the flashbacks to Nucky's youth. The guy they got to play the Commodore looks and sounds a lot like a young Dabney Coleman, so good casting for sure.

The Cuba stuff reminded me of Godfather II (well, Godfather II meets Reservoir Dogs).
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Re: Boardwalk Empire (S5E01) Season Premiere - "Golden Days for Boys and Girls" - 9/7

At this point, I'm just anxious to see if they can create a satisfying ending. Margaret dying in a hail of gunfire would be magnificent.
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Re: Boardwalk Empire (S5E01) Season Premiere - "Golden Days for Boys and Girls" - 9/7

Originally Posted by Neil M. View Post
At this point, I'm just anxious to see if they can create a satisfying ending. Margaret dying in a hail of gunfire would be magnificent.
Yeah, that caused me to 'lol'.
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Re: Boardwalk Empire (S5E01) Season Premiere - "Golden Days for Boys and Girls" - 9/7

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Good start. I liked the flashbacks more than 1931 Nucky.
I didn't like the flashbacks. Showed stuff they'd already talked about - don't need to see child abuse to know it took place. We saw Nucky work through his Daddy issues during the previous seasons, so why rehash them?

Looking forward to New York. Nice touch giving Luciano the scar and droopy eye.
Was wondering about that. Something with real Lucky, I assume.
Also was wondering if that Don in the NY scene was the real-life model for The Godfather. I got that sort of a vibe.

I liked the Cuba stuff. It's one of the interesting locations to set this world in since we know so little about it. I assume Meyer ordered a hit on Nucky to keep him from Bacardi. Is that what we're supposed to be thinking?

There's no Inside the Episode for this episode -- at least not yet on HBO Go. I really like watching those after the episode is finished and am disappointed that I can't tonight.
edit : Here it is. Don't know why it's on You Tube but not HBO Go, but whatever.
Contains episode 5.1 spoilers *duh*
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Re: Boardwalk Empire (S5E01) Season Premiere - "Golden Days for Boys and Girls" - 9/7

Such a disappointment that we had such a huge time jump and Michael Stuhlbarg is out of the picture. He was a great part of this show and that was no way for his character to just get knocked off with some off hand remark.

Also, no Chicago with only 8 episodes this season? That's such a waste of time.
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Re: Boardwalk Empire (S5E01) Season Premiere - "Golden Days for Boys and Girls" - 9/7

Lucky sharing blood with everyone in the Mafia seems like a good way for everyone to get hepatitis.
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Re: Boardwalk Empire (S5E01) Season Premiere - "Golden Days for Boys and Girls" - 9/7

ZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzz

What a waste of an episode. Is it necessary to waste so much time showing how Nucky got started in AC, his family life, his dying sister? Oh, and don't get me started on a whole bunch of time wasted on Margret in that brokerage house.

With only 7 episodes left and so much in Chicago and NY why not focus on that.
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Re: Boardwalk Empire (S5E01) Season Premiere - "Golden Days for Boys and Girls" - 9/7

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ZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzz

What a waste of an episode. Is it necessary to waste so much time showing how Nucky got started in AC, his family life, his dying sister? Oh, and don't get me started on a whole bunch of time wasted on Margret in that brokerage house.

With only 7 episodes left and so much in Chicago and NY why not focus on that.
Have to agree. Not a bad episode per se, except when taken in light of the fact that so few episodes remain.

Such a tease when Margaret's boss ended up shooting himself.
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Re: Boardwalk Empire (S5E01) Season Premiere - "Golden Days for Boys and Girls" - 9/7

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Lucky sharing blood with everyone in the Mafia seems like a good way for everyone to get hepatitis.
That's exactly what I thought. Was smart of the first guy to get in right away before half the room had contributed their potentially tainted blood.

I enjoyed the episode, and the flashbacks.

Although, I was disappointed that Rothstein's death was barely mentioned.
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Re: Boardwalk Empire (S5E01) Season Premiere - "Golden Days for Boys and Girls" - 9/7

Originally Posted by CPA-ESQ. View Post
ZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzz

What a waste of an episode. Is it necessary to waste so much time showing how Nucky got started in AC, his family life, his dying sister? Oh, and don't get me started on a whole bunch of time wasted on Margret in that brokerage house.

With only 7 episodes left and so much in Chicago and NY why not focus on that.
The point of the show has always been focused on Nucky. Chicago probably wouldn't have even been in this season had they not put Eli and Van Alden there.
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Re: Boardwalk Empire (S5E01) Season Premiere - "Golden Days for Boys and Girls" - 9/7

Originally Posted by CPA-ESQ. View Post
ZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzz

What a waste of an episode. Is it necessary to waste so much time showing how Nucky got started in AC, his family life, his dying sister?
Agreed. Don't see why we have to get a Nucky origin story since we already knew it anyway
Oh, and don't get me started on a whole bunch of time wasted on Margret in that brokerage house.
Andy Greenwald wrote a piece for Grantland and describes a lot of heavy lifting involved in getting everyone back together. He describes the mechanizations involved in bringing Margret back into the fold as "ingenious", so I'm willing to ride it out a bit and see where it leads.
With only 7 episodes left and so much in Chicago and NY why not focus on that.
A little Capone goes a long way and Val Alden's character has been off the rails for years. I'm okay with an episode or two without Chicago. Just like GoT will go an episode or two without an Arya or Bram story.

What really hit me last night was that with Jack Huston's Richard Harrow gone, there really isn't anyone to root for. It's like the show not only lacks an emotional center, it even lacks an emotional periphery. Maybe that's why they're doing the flashbacks? My 13 year-old daughter came in while I was watching the show last night and asked me what it was about. I tried to give a rough sketch of the story. She asked me "So is Nucky an anti-hero?" I thought it was an interesting question. I told her the writers probably want him to be, but unlike Tony Soprano, Walter White or Don Draper, I don't think the audience has any rooting interest in Nucky. What would be the ideal ending for this show? Are you guys rooting for anyone any more?
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Re: Boardwalk Empire (S5E01) Season Premiere - "Golden Days for Boys and Girls" - 9/7

Not a fan of Patricia Arquette on this show, but seeing Cuba was nice. Add me to the list of people disappointed we didn't get to see Chicago.
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Re: Boardwalk Empire (S5E01) Season Premiere - "Golden Days for Boys and Girls" - 9/7

I agreed, flashback of Nucky was boring. What a waste of precious time that could've be used better.
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Re: Boardwalk Empire (S5E01) Season Premiere - "Golden Days for Boys and Girls" - 9/7

I also agree that too much time was given to the flashback scenes. The trailer warned us we'd be seeing some sort of flashback to Nucky's youth - but I didn't expect it to be so much. Hopefully they don't continue that in future episodes.

Glad I don't have to listen to Joe Masseria's horrible accent anymore.

Kind of slow going for me. Hope it picks up.

7 more episodes to go.
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Seems that in the end Nucky just won't be powerful or fast enough to keep up with the big boys.
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Re: Boardwalk Empire (S5E01) Season Premiere - "Golden Days for Boys and Girls" - 9/7

I'm so horrible at understanding people with accents that I feel like I need captions on with this show. I think I missed half of what was said.
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Re: Boardwalk Empire (S5E01) Season Premiere - "Golden Days for Boys and Girls" - 9/7

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I also agree that too much time was given to the flashback scenes. The trailer warned us we'd be seeing some sort of flashback to Nucky's youth - but I didn't expect it to be so much. Hopefully they don't continue that in future episodes.

Glad I don't have to listen to Joe Masseria's horrible accent anymore.

Kind of slow going for me. Hope it picks up.

7 more episodes to go.
The flashbacks are continuing for what I assume is the rest of the season.
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Re: Boardwalk Empire (S5E01) Season Premiere - "Golden Days for Boys and Girls" - 9/7

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Glad I don't have to listen to Joe Masseria's horrible accent anymore.
Yeah, that's a plus. He always reminded me of this guy

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Re: Boardwalk Empire (S5E01) Season Premiere - "Golden Days for Boys and Girls" - 9/7

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Glad I don't have to listen to Joe Masseria's horrible accent anymore.
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Re: Boardwalk Empire (S5E01) Season Premiere - "Golden Days for Boys and Girls" - 9/7

Yeah, the flashbacks were redundant and unnecessary as they revealed nothing we didn't already know, and with an abbreviated final season, it was a straight up waste of time. Everything else was great though, but I'm getting a little tired of Michale K. Williams' perpetual sourpuss.
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Re: Boardwalk Empire (S5E01) Season Premiere - "Golden Days for Boys and Girls" - 9/7

BTW, what year are they up to now - is the prohibition almost over, or still just a few years into it?

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