Boardwalk Empire – The Age of Reason
Season Two: Episode Six
Directed by: Jeremy Podeswa
Written by: Bathsheba Doran
The Spin: In the ironically titled “The Age of Reason”, Bathsheba (of the Bible?) Doran strings together an hour of faith tested. It’s been interesting to watch the divergences of Van Alden (Michael Shannon) and Margaret (Kelly Macdonald), two characters who last season seemed destined for an intertwined fate, or at least that’s what Van Alden desired. Here they are both tested by their faith as Van Alden fears the agent badly burned in a liquor bust might reveal on his death-bed Van Alden’s sins, while Margaret must contest with a demanding priest seeking her to unburden her sins before young Teddy is to make his first confession. What a shock it is for Van Alden to discover that his whore (ah…Paz de la Huerta once again acts her socks off as Lucy) is more resilient than even the audience thought, and his wife is more knowing that he cares to know. Meanwhile, Margaret is as shrewd as ever, testing her boundaries with Nucky while proving to herself she can be true to the Lord and keep a secret at the same time. Oh yeah, and then there’s the trifecta of underlings (Jimmy, the Philly Butcher, and Luciano) coming to near blows before realizing maybe together they can usurp the Holy Trinity (Nucky, the infamous Waxey Gordon, and Rothstein).
Things Learned This Evening: It ain’t Waxey Gordon’s time yet…but that don’t mean his henchman can’t get shot in the head by a bitter Butcher.
Calling Mr. Emmy: Say what you will about Paz de la Huerta…but that look on her face when she first heard the screams of her newborn daughter…priceless.
Wait Until Next Week: What twisted moral will Van Alden abide by now that he finds himself in this new pickle? And damn…I wanna see Waxey and the Butcher go tete-a-tete.
Commentary by David H. Schleicher
To my readers and Boardwalk strollers: Thoughts, reactions, comments?