You’ve probably heard about Boardwalk Empire by now, that HBO original series slated to continue the mobster drama legacy left by fellow HBO original series The Sopranos.
Season one recently wrapped up in the States, but it’s only about to kick off locally come January.
Boardwalk Empire follows the life of Enoch “Nucky” Thompson, the city treasurer and the most influential political figure in Atlantic City.
He is joined by long-time protégé James “Jimmy” Darmody, a young World War I veteran who, like Nucky, has big aspirations for himself.
Due to the crisis caused by the prohibition of alcohol in the 1920s, mobsters, politicians, and even federal agents now look for Nucky to do the bootlegging – smuggling rums, running casinos, and a slew of several other underground businesses.
Boardwalk Empire has garnered universal acclaim for its hardcore detailing of the 1920s, recreating the Atlantic City of old, from the cheapest stores to even real-life mobsters of the said era. Even the way of life is spot on – the poor fishes, the rich dines, and melodies run the whole town.
Another reason to catch the series premiere: The first episode has Martin Scorcese sitting on the director’s chair. An Oscar-winning director known for films like Goodfellas, Gangs of New York, and The Departed, Scorcese and his credentials are indeed, gangster.
The show has now garnered several award nominations for Best Dramatic Series, including a Golden Globe and a Writers Guild of America. Even star Steve Buscemi, most notorious for his cameos in Adam Sandler movies, is now getting serious actor nods for his “Nucky” role.
Here’s to hoping all 12 season one episodes double by the second season. Yes, we’re getting ahead of ourselves and yes, it is that good.
Boardwalk Empire premieres January 6 on HBO Asia.