Okay, well, I meant to catch up on everything, and then I ended up working Fashion Week, which, like all event work, probably sounds more interesting than it is ("What did you do?" "Cut circles out of paper for eight hours and then glued them onto string for three hours." "...oh."), but I dig it.
The other thing I did this week was starting some new coverage at the A.V. Club! I’m now recapping Boardwalk Empire (taking over for Noel Murray, whose recaps are pretty great), which is a show that I have a lot to say about, both good and bad. This season opener props up a lot of things we’ll spend the season working through. I’m wary in some cases – oh, so wary, and oh, so many cases – but the actors are almost universally excellent and visually it’s very engaging, so we’ll see how it all falls out.
Speaking of visually engaging, the caps from the opening credits are from Art of the Title, which goes into amazing, beautiful depth about the design process of this title sequence. Interestingly, the final selection isn’t my favorite of the options presented, but a lot of aspects of this title sequence have ended up integrated into the series – the bottles on the beach are the opening image of Season Two, and the opening image of Season Three is the season’s main antagonist standing at the edge of the water exactly as Nucky stands. And though this season opener was centered instead on Richard – continuing the thread of introducing season antagonists instantly? We’ll see – the end of "New York Sour" features Nucky staring out from the Albatross Hotel (because of course) at a deserted stretch of sand and lonely water, which is more tableau than character beat, but counts as a callback for me.
You could make an argument that the beach has never been so well-used for a character beat as when Margaret ran across it at dawn in the first episode of Season Three to watch aviator Carrie Duncan take off on a cross-country flight, as Margaret watched and sighed, not knowing that by the end of the season she’d have dumped Nucky like a bad habit and gotten her ass to New York. On the other hand, though she’s out of that stifling house now, a show that struggled to use her well before might struggle to use her at all when she’s not in the main character’s immediate sphere. I hope that’s not the case. We’ll see. I’LL HAVE A LOT OF THINGS TO TALK ABOUT.
And next week: Jeffrey Wright, who, if this pattern holds, will show up tossing a cigarette into the waves.