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on 3 December 2013
The background theme in Season Four is the rise of black gangsters and the power of the FBI. Nucky owes Chalky White a big favour for saving his life in Season Three which he repays by gifting the Onyx Club to him. Chalky comes into contact with a sinister Harlem gangster called Narcisse who uses Marcus Garvey's Universal Negro Improvement Association as a front for his activities. He is pseudo-religious and rather than supporting the fight for social, political and economic freedom for black Americans he undermines it with hard drugs. The conflict between White and Narcisse runs through the entire season and drags Nucky into choosing sides.
Nucky expands his bootlegging operation into bringing up rum from Florida and he starts an affair with Sally who runs a bar in the alligator infested swamps. Margaret who terminated their marriage turns up in New York and meets an old friend.
Gillian has finally lost any custody or contact with young Tommy Darmody after a hearing finds she ran a bordello and she sinks deeper into desperation but a saviour appears. Richard Harrow suffers a crisis of confidence, as he finds he can no longer kill with impunity, but he too finds someone.
Van Alden just wants to be a family man in Chicago but gets caught between the ruthless O'Banion gang and the more ruthless Capones and must decide between them.
All the while, as the various plots unwind the Bureau of Investigation (an early incarnation of the FBI) and its new Controller Hoover, is looking at the rise of black power and the possibility that there is organised crime in America. They must choose one of these "threats" to America to concentrate their attention. The BI are just as merciless as any of the gangsters and as they seek to turn players to informers they might just bring down the whole house of cards.
Season Four then is a rewarding experience which takes a good long hard look at the race issues of 1920s America and the fledgling FBI adds a whole new level of tension to the business. Who can be trusted and who has been got at?
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on 26 November 2013
BOARDWALK EMPIRE's 4th season adds even more brutal violence (yes, it was possible) and brilliant character-study with several supporting cast dominating screen-time (Chalky, Agent Jim, Mr. Purnsley, Will Thompson and the twitchy Dr. Narcisse). Even so, Steve Buscemi remains the #1 reason to follow the show religiously. Lots of fun time is spent in Florida and, of course, in Chicago focusing on the rise of Al Capone (A role and accent mastered by British actor, Stephen Graham).

Overall, the finest gift of the EMPIRE is its dedication to realistic-fiction with spot-on set-pieces, costumes and exquisite jazz along with our anti-heroes believable story-lines over the years. BOARDWALK is a gorgeous, potent, harrowing concoction of the bleak, gang-land 20's. To the lost . . .
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on 24 August 2014
This has to be up there as one on the best ever tv series, the stories are addictive and draws the viewer in from the very first episode, so much better than recent cinema offerings, no cgi just pure story telling at its finest. The sets, costumes, performances and period detail are nothing less than stunning. Can't wait for the fifth season!!!!
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on 2 June 2015
Boardwalk Empire has, consistently, been one of the most entertaining and interesting series on TV over the last few years. Steve Buscemi is brilliant in the role of Nucky Thompson and, with great support from a broad range of quality actors, brings prohibition-era America vividly to life. So, why only 3 stars? Well - the dvd version is extremely muddy and lacking in clarity. I had the previous three seasons on bluray, so really noticed the difference! I have numerous dvds of films made in the 1970s that have far better definition - so it isn't just the fact that I have been used to the bluray versions. In my opinion HBO have been very sloppy and should be ashamed for letting a poor quality transfer go public. If they are doing this to try to ensure that people buy the bluray version then............!! Come on HBO you should be doing better!
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on 20 August 2014
Nucky and the ritz are no more, a darker season with dr narcisse proving a slippery foe for chalky n his new club. More shenanigans from eli n son willie..the fbi involvement only clouds the people in this brilliant season 4. Enjoy
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on 8 November 2014
This season does not disappoint yet again, writing and acting quality is of a high standard as usual.
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on 8 November 2014
Just gets better and better,its a Shame that it is coming to and end.
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on 12 September 2014
I never watch this on TV, cant stand the continual "breaks" for the adverts. I just wait for the series to come out on DVD and then watch it in great three hour sessions. Cant wait for the next series 5 and sad to know it will be the last.
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on 7 November 2014
a most enjoyable season, can't wait for the next one
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on 2 February 2015
it really doesn't get much better than this, probably the best season so far, the characters are so well drawn it is hard to imagine this is a script delivered by actors, complete suspension of disbelief, wonderful.
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