Of the three Boardwalk Empire episodes that make up the season thus far, this is the one where the flashbacks came together for me. That’s partly due to the sudden shift from the Thompson household’s miserable, mundane poverty to the surreality of the vintage boardwalk. Everything suddenly feels off in a way that perfectly captures what memories feel like when they’re warped over the decades and turned into personal mythology. The effect is almost dreamlike, from Mabel and Mr. Beckert’s abrupt, creepy dialogue to the slow pan from a barren beach to Mabel’s sleeping parents.
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