If the motto “It’s not TV. It’s HBO” felt like an empty boast before, sample the network’s new series “Boardwalk Empire”; the scale of the spectacle on display in the pilot sets a new benchmark for the medium…
Thompson and Van Alden are fictional creations, but “Boardwalk” provides a delightful kick by mixing them up with historical figures including legendary gangsters Arnold Rothstein (Michael Stuhlbarg) and Charles “Lucky” Luciano (Vincent Piazza). Cameos of other famous real folks are so perfectly handled that to reveal who shows up would represent an act of unacceptable spoilage.
Bottom Line: This Prohibition-era drama is nothing short of intoxicating.
Read all of Andrew Wallenstein’s review at Boardwalk Empire — TV Review.