Boardwalk Empire Season 1 Episode 1: Watch Pilot Online S01E01 – Boardwalk Empire Pilot/Season 1 Episode 1 which was directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Terence Winter aired this evening on HBO.
“Boardwalk Empire” has been hyped as the 2010 version of “The Sopranos” which is a very positive things for HBO seeing that it has not had a lot of good gangster related television shows in recent years. Showtime had “Brotherhood” which did very well for the short time that it was on TV. “The Wire” had a number of similar themes but ended in 2008, and NBC’s “The Black Donnellys” was brilliant but was given a terrible timeslot and never caught on with the audiences.
“Boardwalk Empire” which is based on the novel Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times and Corruption of Atlantic City by Nelson Johnson follows Nucky Thompson wonderfully played by Steve Buscemi , who is the boss of Atlantic City in the 1920’s. He does a great job in the role, and plays it to perfection. He isn’t your typical front man on television, but if he can make the audience relate to him in the same way that they related to Tony Soprano, he should have no problem making “Boardwalk,” which had a huge budget, the next big thing on television.
The pilot is one of the most ambitious TV pilots off all time. With a budget of more than $15 million, it is clear that HBO was willing to go all out to get another successful television show.
The first installment quickly set the action in the prohibition era in the United States and we watched the the politician/gangster just days after the enactment of Prohibition busy telling lies to few women in order to get their support.But we quickly learned that he will be one of these characters that you would love to hate -but you will have a hard time doing so.
After manipulating the ladies a very pregnant Mrs. Schroeder (Kelly Macdonald), comes over asking for a job her drunk abusive gambler husband named Hans. Instead, Nucky give her an impressive amount of money.
But when Nucky finds out than Hans has stole the money ,beat his wife to the point of suffering a miscarriage our favorite new gangster has Hans killed for his cruel actions.
Some have complained that the pilot is too slow for TV audiences, but it is clear that they were just attempting to build character development throughout the first episode. It is a winner, and will easily be renewed for a second season.
What are your thoughts on the episode?
That’s all we have for now on Boardwalk Empire episode 1.*Sponsored Links*