Losing the Little One

It’s a damp day: not cold, but clammy and fatigued. I walk in and see Laila sitting near the bar. She’s tense. Her shoulders are pulled up tight to her ears, and her hands are balled in her lap. I’m about to dig in to something intensely personal and painfully absent in her everyday life. (Trigger warning for pregnancy loss.) Read More Losing the Little One

Boardwalk Empire 4×09, “Marriage and Hunting”

While last week’s episode was about getting your house in order, this episode dealt with family. But, as we see in life, and in this episode, sometimes marriage and hunting are two sides of the same coin. Read More Boardwalk Empire 4×09, “Marriage and Hunting”

New Show Recap: Boardwalk Empire, 4.08, “Old King of Zion”

While recent episodes have been pushing the themes of a changing of the guard, this episode had us remembering just who controls the empire. Like a line in the episode’s namesake suggests,“Waves were rough but that old ship kept sailing.”  There might be a new generation of gangsters and men of the badge waiting in the wings, but isn’t this the same theme we’ve been exploring since season one with Jimmy? That’s because while it’s always a risk, Nucky stays on top. And that’s because Nucky knows how to stay on top. Read More New Show Recap: Boardwalk Empire, 4.08, “Old King of Zion”

New Show Recap: Boardwalk Empire 4×06, “The North Star”

A melancholy Nucky waits in the train station cafe for someone. With each passing train, his coffee cup and saucer vibrate, moving slowly away from him. The waiter explains that it’s the trains and Nucky distractedly wonders, “…you go your whole life without noticing things…” When he looks up Margaret is walking towards him. Read More New Show Recap: Boardwalk Empire 4×06, “The North Star”

The Top 10 Best TV Opening Sequences

Finally, the post you’ve all been waiting for — my personal opinion on the top 10 best opening sequences in television. These are loosely ranked from last to best, because I’m non-committal and I let my emotions get involved near the end: Read More The Top 10 Best TV Opening Sequences

New Show Recap: Boardwalk Empire, “Acres of Diamonds”

Following three seasons of the incredibly charming, though massively flawed Gillian Darmody as a staple of the show, she was a welcome returning character after being absent in Episode 2. After the almost-coup of last season culminating in a massacre in The Artemis Club, Gillian’s brothel, she’s left with no business to run and a bloody and abandoned house of ill repute. Read More New Show Recap: Boardwalk Empire, “Acres of Diamonds”