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After a fantastic fourth season premiere, the promo for the second episode, “Resignation,” makes this week look every bit as entertaining. Hold on. Press play before reading on...
There. It only seems appropriate to properly set the stage for the installment that introduces Jeffrey Wright’s Dr. Valentin Narcisse to the proceedings with a little Fletcher Henderson. I say that like I knew who Mr. Henderson was before he was mentioned in "New York Sour." Same goes for former gangster turned club owner Owney Madden, although I had heard of his famous Harlem hot spot The Cotton Club. And they all obviously fit into Boardwalk's plan to keep expanding into the different New York (and other) territories because, well, more territorial infringement means more violent conflicts. "Who's feeling like a hero?" In Boardwalk Empire, probably nobody. There aren't many heroes left on the should have been Emmy nominated drama except Margaret. As you probably noticed, still no sigh of her yet.
The Onyx Club continues to be the focus of the new year (1924) and is also the reason that Dr. Narcisse pays Atlantic City a visit. It seems like the self-proclaimed king of Harlem has a grip on the talent and if Chalky (and Nucky) want their new establishment to be a hit, they'll have to enter into business with another unknown. Every time Nucky tries to take a step back, (or move all the way to a hotel on the outskirts of town), he gets pulled back in but at least the trials will likely bring him and his partner in the Onyx even closer together... if they both make it out of the season alive. I also wonder how Dunn is going to play into the Harlem encroachment. After the way he was treated last week, he seems like a wildcard.
Another major wildcard this week (and for the foreseeable future) is new addition, Agent Knox, who seems as ruthless as he is smart. And unemotional. His three scenes in the premiere were wonderful, introducing him as a naive rookie before pulling the rug out and showing his cold and cunning side. See ya, Agent Sawicki. Finally, we do get to see our favorite former fed, Agent Nelson van- I mean, George Mueller and how things are going for him in Chicago as part of the Dean O'Bannon gang. Probably not good considering that they are the main rivals to Al Capone's growing empire. I mean, he's only just got his brothers involved and we all know that it's just the beginning of their rise. If you didn't, sorry but that's not a spoiler, you're dumb. Tax evasion, bitches! There's a little more Boardwalk in the HBO Fall Preview video below, check it out. But more importantly...
Boardwalk Empire returns with Episode 2, “Resignation,” next Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on HBO. Created by Terence Winter, the series stars Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham, Vincent Piazza, and Michael Stuhlbarg.