I honestly do not recall the last time I was enticed to watch the premier of a pilot on television. It could have been The Soprano’s or possibly Alias. I don’t know. But what I do know is there were several shows I wish I had seen from the beginning and make me feel like I lost out on a bit of shared Americana as a result. Shows such as The West Wing, Battlestar Gallactica (reimagined) or Lost just to name a few.
In the case of Battlestar Gallactia I took the route of watching the entire series from beginning to end over the course of a three-month period just so I could catch up in time for the series finale. While I cherish those Frackin’ months more than you can imagine I would have preferred to experience the show week after week over it’s complete four seasons. It would have been much more entertaining to share thoughts about Baltar and Six or the toasters around the proverbial “water cooler” the next day rather than seeking out those who already saw the show. And it sure would beat the hell out of arguing about politics.
Well tonight I caught the premier of a pilot that may very well be worth watching, Boardwalk Empire. From the moment it was announced that Martin Scorsese would be directing a show about 1920 Atlantic City on the eve of prohibition and that Steve Buscemi was the star I couldn’t help but set a reminder. Now I don’t wish to spoil it for you but the show was quite good. Buschemi plays a character by the name of Enoch “Nucky” Thompson, a crooked politico who happens to be the Treasurer of Atlantic City and whose equally morally challenged brother Eli Thompson is the Sherriff.
As the show begins it is clear that Nucky is crooked but as things play out he crosses the line between average corrupt politician to genuine criminal. I will leave it at that at least for now but if this shows ends up being as good as it seems I think it just might become the Sunday night open thread.
Did you watch tonight? What did you think?