Fascinating but flawed ‘Boardwalk Empire’ comes to a close

October 27, 2014 6:25 AM

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Fascinating but flawed ‘Boardwalk Empire’ comes to a close

“Boardwalk Empire,” a bright star in TV’s antihero movement, the fedora-and-wingtip-wearing cousin to “The Sopranos,” “Deadwood,” and “Breaking Bad,” the show that gave us one of TV’s most destructive introverts, he of the buggy eyes and the vampire teeth, will end on Sunday night. And many of us, loyal admirers of the show’s dark and turbulent explorations of trust, mentorship, greed, and savagery, are bereft.

But wait: I can’t praise the HBO show, created by Terence Winter of “The Sopranos,” without first acknowledging that it was consistently uneven, at least until the advent of this extraordinarily powerful final season. Too often, the gangster stories on “Boardwalk Empire” blurred together and failed ...

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