TV: Boardwalk Empire 2.10 “Georgia Peaches” Review (**1/2)

Posted: November 28, 2011 in Reviews, Television
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Boardwalk Empire is essentially about the shifting of power, elusive as it may be between the young and the old, the establishment and the reformed renegades. Groups are within sub-groups with one goal in mind — who’s the next ally and who’s the next enemy — a series about the rough dealings of Wall Street business, only substituting stocks and bonds for alcohol and opium.

At the forefront of the power battle all season lies between Nucky Thompson and Jimmy Darmody. And though “Georgia Peaches” is another episode where the two heavyweights never share the screen, the tension is perfectly excruciating. In last week’s episode, we saw Nucky as a man with the experience and more importantly, the discernment to grasp his hold on Atlantic City. At the opposite end of the spectrum, we this week witnessed Jimmy’s abilities (or lack thereof) to control his city, his inner circle, and his family.

For the first time, we saw Jimmy attempting to negotiate with Chalky White to end the black labor strike. But Jimmy only came out look weak and juvenile. For the first time, Jimmy attempts to settle his debt with Manny Horvitz. Only he came out looking disrespectful. And by the end (though he doesn’t know it yet), Jimmy’s miscalculations caught up to him in the most jaw-dropping of ways.

Boardwalk plays these power shifting themes beautifully, but it shifts slowly. Like tectonic plates under the Earth’s crust, the tension is dramatic and at times, overpowering. However, they also move deliberately and it takes real patience to stick with Boardwalk. “Georgia Peaches” is no different, a testament to its show creators who clearly will reward those who stick around and could care less for those who don’t.

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