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      09-20-2010 02:16 PM #26
      I also thought it was a great premiere. I can't wait to see how this show progresses.

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      09-20-2010 02:19 PM #27
      Yeah, there is way too much TV to watch again. I definitely want to check this out though. I still haven't gotten past episode three of Treme though.

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      09-20-2010 03:37 PM #28
      Quote Originally Posted by BlckBadged_SwissChee View Post
      Love the way the show is put together (Comedian / Road scene, the way the music is used, the set)

      The vaudeville scene was great!

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      09-20-2010 04:07 PM #29
      What does everyone think of Steve Buscemi playing the main roll? I'm still hoping his character will develop into a stronger display as I'm a fan of his from Reservoir Dogs days, so I know he's capable but then I read this review in a rag and had to think it over as some of the points may be true:

      Not impressed at all. Buscemi is clearly miscast. He's at his best when he keeps his mouth closed and just looks nuts--like he did in Con Air. His thin, weaselly, nasally voice carries no threat whatsoever. When he says to Jimmy, "I could have you killed," it's a laugher. He just doesn't have the menacing gravitas of, say, a DeNiro. It's as though he's a comic character. The scene where he's "playing cowboy" and his valet interrupts him is an example. His pounding on the door to get in the bathroom his woman has locked is a metaphor for his puny attempt to appear to be a powerful power broker. His skinny, pasty white body getting out of bed with the other woman is also laughable

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      09-20-2010 04:39 PM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by ElectroMike View Post
      He's at his best when he keeps his mouth closed and just looks nuts--like he did in Con Air.
      That's exactly where I stopped reading. Anyone who considers Con Air to be Steve Buscemi's "best" needs their head checked.
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      09-20-2010 04:50 PM #31
      I thought I was going to dislike him in the main role as well.....for the exact reasons quoted in the article above. I found myself loving his character though....I think the build up of his character thus far shows he isn't powerful because he can out muscle a person...but because he has control, brains and hired muscle.

      If he does start doing more, like what he did to the husband of the preggo chick I will scratch my head.
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      09-20-2010 07:39 PM #32
      Thought was great start, I'm pumped to see the rest of it. Buscemi is brilliant, he does more with an expression then I have seen in any other actor.

    8. 09-20-2010 11:25 PM #33
      Jimmy straight up says to him you're not gangster and that he is. That conversation addresses this issue perfectly and basically says "we know he's not intimidating but we'll have people that can be."

      He plays the weasel dirtbag politician beautifully.

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      09-21-2010 12:47 AM #34
      After one episode, I can honestly say that this is my new favorite show

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      09-21-2010 08:18 AM #35
      Who was the guy killed at the end, and why was he killed?

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      09-21-2010 09:14 AM #36
      Quote Originally Posted by Oliver@triplezoom View Post
      Who was the guy killed at the end, and why was he killed?
      He was the pregnant lady's (who was at the temperance meeting at the beginning of the episode) drunkard husband. He was killed because he beat his wife into a miscarriage and publicly embarrassed Nucky at his casino.

      I think Nucky's wife died in labor ... why else have that guy killed and show him looking at the premature babies on display in that storefront (which was a really weird scene, btw).

      I thought it was a good episode; the only bad thing was sometimes the '20s background music they played got really annoying and was a distraction.

    12. 09-21-2010 09:32 AM #37
      Quote Originally Posted by Scottapotch View Post
      Jimmy straight up says to him you're not gangster and that he is. That conversation addresses this issue perfectly and basically says "we know he's not intimidating but we'll have people that can be."

      He plays the weasel dirtbag politician beautifully.

      Exactly. I think his portrayal shows that not all "gangsters" are all mean-azz cutthroats. Some of them were just more focused on the business side and focused on the $$$. Violence was just a tool to be used only when necessary/last resort.

      Was I the only one who thought that the mortuary/still scene, with the dead naked woman, was used just to set the period (i.e. "its the '20s and women didn't "shave")? I just thought it was unnecessary...even though I am "old school".

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      09-21-2010 09:38 AM #38
      Quote Originally Posted by DSG-TDI View Post
      He was the pregnant lady's (who was at the temperance meeting at the beginning of the episode) drunkard husband. He was killed because he beat his wife into a miscarriage and publicly embarrassed Nucky at his casino.
      No, I mean, the guy who was shot in the head.

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      09-21-2010 09:42 AM #39
      Quote Originally Posted by Oliver@triplezoom View Post
      No, I mean, the guy who was shot in the head.
      Big Jim Colosimo...one of the main guys who ran Chicago before he was double crossed (as shown) by Torrio and Capone for not wanting to get into bootlegging.
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      09-21-2010 10:00 AM #40
      Quote Originally Posted by The Red Baron View Post
      Big Jim Colosimo...one of the main guys who ran Chicago before he was double crossed (as shown) by Torrio and Capone for not wanting to get into bootlegging.
      Gotcha.

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      09-21-2010 10:52 AM #41
      Quote Originally Posted by DSG-TDI View Post
      I think Nucky's wife died in labor ... why else have that guy killed and show him looking at the premature babies on display in that storefront (which was a really weird scene, btw).

      Nucky said his wife died of "consumption" aka Tuberculosis.

      I really liked the premier and think it is going to be a great show!

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      09-21-2010 12:58 PM #42
      Quote Originally Posted by 3Letter View Post
      Nucky said his wife died of "consumption" aka Tuberculosis.
      ahhh good info. thanks!

      that was a good intro. ill be tuning in next week for sure.
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      09-21-2010 10:40 PM #43
      HBO has announced season 2 will be picked up.
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    19. 09-21-2010 11:26 PM #44
      Liked the first episode, definitely has promise.

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      09-22-2010 10:15 AM #45
      Quote Originally Posted by The Red Baron View Post
      HBO has announced season 2 will be picked up.
      Was this due to viewership the first week? How could anyone miss it when they played it on 5 of the HBO channels at the same time

      I am glad...one episode in and I can't wait for this Sunday (been this way since last Sunday). EVen if the story lines suck and characters suck (which I don't think they do) I would be watching it any way due to the era.
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      09-22-2010 12:42 PM #46
      Quote Originally Posted by Scottapotch View Post
      Jimmy straight up says to him you're not gangster and that he is. That conversation addresses this issue perfectly and basically says "we know he's not intimidating but we'll have people that can be."

      He plays the weasel dirtbag politician beautifully.
      That is the impression that I got as well. Thompson wants to be a gangster but doesn't know how to. He has all the people, plays all the right angles, but was missing the muscle. Jimmy gives it to him. And no doubt his take on the Canadian Club heist was the $20k he would have made if Rothstein had straight up bought the liquor. Remember, Thompson was buying it for $40k and selling it for $60k.

      Quote Originally Posted by Oliver@triplezoom View Post
      Who was the guy killed at the end, and why was he killed?
      That was Big Jim Colosimo, who's right hand mad was Torrio, who (according to Wiki) has Colosimo killed to take over his illegal liquor business in Chicago. Al Capone was rumored to be the assassin, but HBO goes with the idea that Frankie Yale was brought in from NY to kill him. Al Capone helps Jimmy pull off the Canadian Club Heist.

      Quote Originally Posted by Wiki on Al Capone
      Capone came at the invitation of Johnny Torrio, his Five Points Gang mentor who had gone to Chicago to resolve some family problems his cousin's husband was having with the Black Hand. He quickly resolved the issue by killing members of the Black Hand who had given his cousin's husband problems. He saw many business opportunities in Chicago, bootlegging following the onset of prohibition. Torrio had acquired the crime empire of James "Big Jim" Colosimo after the latter refused to enter this new area of business and was subsequently murdered (presumably by Frankie Yale, although legal proceedings against him had to be dropped due to a lack of evidence).Capone was also a suspect for two murders at the time, and was seeking a safe haven and a better job to provide for his new family.
      Quote Originally Posted by Wiki on "Big Jim" Colosimo
      When prohibition went into effect in 1920, Torrio pushed for the gang to enter into bootlegging, but Colosimo refused. In May 1920, Colosimo went out of town to marry his second wife, Dale Winter (he had deserted his first wife). After Colosimo returned to Chicago a week later, Torrio called him and let him know about a shipment arriving at his cafe. When Colosimo appeared at the cafe to wait for its delivery, he was shot and killed. The initial murder suspect was his new wife Dale, but no one was ever arrested for the murder. It was widely believed that Torrio ordered Colosimo's killing so that the gang could enter the lucrative bootlegging business. Torrio reportedly brought in New York colleague, Frankie Yale, to murder Colosimo. Al Capone has also been suspected as Colosimo's assassin.
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      09-23-2010 12:52 PM #47
      I loved the first episode, pretty sure Steve's character is just going to build up... pretty suire Scorcese got it all at play and worked out. No doubt he chose the right actor for this.

      My only gripe is the intro --- for something Scorcese, I would've expected better --- but thats just me.
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      09-23-2010 01:28 PM #48
      Quote Originally Posted by colnago View Post
      Was I the only one who thought that the mortuary/still scene, with the dead naked woman, was used just to set the period (i.e. "its the '20s and women didn't "shave")? I just thought it was unnecessary...even though I am "old school".
      My wife immediately said it has to be one of these

    24. 09-23-2010 01:47 PM #49
      Loved the first episode and glad HBO has already picked up the second season. As mentioned before, I too hated the intro. I was saying to myself how horrible it was before it was even over. But the show is amazing thus far! Glad to see a mob series that doesn't stray too far away into fiction-land like the Sopranos did in representing the NJ DeCavalcante crime family.

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      09-28-2010 03:04 PM #50
      Im really enjoying it. Love the sets and the cinematography. Great show.
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