Boardwalk Empire – Sunday Best (Filthsposition)
I did some thinking. And I came to the conclusion that “Sunday Best” was, in my opinion, the greatest episode of Boardwalk Empire ever made. Given that Homeland also offered up its best episode ever tonight, this has been one hell of a night for amazing TV.
This was definitely one of the most unusual episodes of Boardwalk Empire, second only to “Under God’s Power She Flourishes”. Boardwalk Empire is a show that doesn’t like to focus itself on plot too much, it is more interested in the journey than the destination. It focuses on atmosphere, and exploring the detours offered by the world of Atlantic City in the 1920’s. It gets into the nooks and crannies of that world, rather than just cutting straight to the point. Back in Season 1 that irritated me, but now I think that it is the show’s greatest strength.
No episode has pushed that approach to storytelling further than “Sunday Best”. The mission statement of this episode was seemingly to push the plot forward as little as possible (although Gillian and Gyp’s final moments were admittedly important to the story). The aim here was just to show what the characters of Atlantic City are getting up to on Easter Sunday. Despite that, this was not a sluggish or boring episode in the slightest. It was as I said the most alive and absorbing episode they have ever done. The characters have never felt more real. And by the way, this episode continues the season’s trend of being significantly better in its odd-numbered episodes (1, 3, 5 and 7 having been the standout episodes of this season).
This was an episode that was pretty much all about character, all the time. And they nailed it. This was an episode jam-packed with moments that were sad, funny, scary, romantic, whimsical, elegant. You name it, this episode captured it.
I’m blown away. I’m just blown the f*ck away.