Margret signing over Nuckys highway land to the church was cute.
Everyone talking two pages back about Nucky being a good guy at heart, that sometimes does bad things?
"You never knew me. I am not looking for forgiveness."
Some thoughts I had on the white-gloves/tracking number forum:
Nucky's gonna kill his wife. Sure, he said he'd be happy with just his family...he also needed to prevent her from testifying. We'll see how far away from "forgiveness" he can get when he learns there aren't millions coming his way on the land deal.
And that scene with him "proposing" in the kitchen? Some of the best acting and writing I've seen in a long time. He knows he can't underestimate or outsmart her because her guard is up and she will see right through him...so by acknowledging that first, out loud, she takes his lies as truth because she believes he's finally put her on equal footing...which means he is subjugating and outsmarting her. I wouldn't have put it past him to intentionally play with the girl right outside her window, waking her up to that on purpose. Awesome.
And in response to a comment that female characters are "failing" in the show:
How awful was that marriage ceremony? "Let women be subject to their husbands as to the Lord, for the husband is the head of the household..." Yikes.
But I wouldn't say the new Mrs. Thompson necessarily failed. She took a drastic action, strong in its way, to work towards discovering a hard truth: if the man she was married to really loved her, or if he's nothing but lies. And the little girl figured out crutches: so that's something.
Apparently people were more disturbed by the polio storyline than anything else. Steve Buschemi actually threw the script across the room when he first read the beginning of that. It was a devastating disease.
Revealing Jimmy's story and developing him further before offing him was perfect. A lot of shows use the same tactic before getting rid of a character. You'll notice some abnormally long (almost uncomfortable) shots focusing on the person during those back-stories or whatever focus is put on them. This is a way of making viewers get more attached to a character and "do" justice to them before they're gone.
But to me, it doesn't make sense to introduce a whole new narrative device (the extended flashback sequence) to flesh out a character that will no longer be part of the plot going forward. It may yank a few chains but it doesn't really serve the story....unless they intend to employ that device to further explain the history of James and Nucky next season.
The back story explained why he tried to kill his mother, why he killed his father and why he kind of lost the will to live. It was Oedipus Rex completely, even with the vague leg injury (Oedipus meaning swollen feet). Does his mom, kills his dad inherits the kingdom...
Exactly. It tied up more loose ends than anything else.
I think it leaves some loose ends. The plot alludes to a much more complicated relationship between Nucky and James than has been revealed. That seems like some rich territory to mine story wise and would do much to explain Nucky's character and why he felt so betrayed by James. The Oedipus plot-line seems like a side story.
The way they wrapped up Jimmy's story was great. I thought they might cop out at the end, like Nucky shoots and OH SNAP! HE SHOT ELI or something. It's been pretty obvious for a while that he's lost, was never going to be the man to run anything. The only way he would have survived would have been to crawl back to Nucky or run away to Chicago, both would be redundant although a storyline with Jimmy washed up, murdering people for Heroin money would've been fun.
I just hope we don't lose the tin man in all this. I feel like he'll just be floating around in the background since he has no allegiance to anyone, maybe he'll go after Nucky....or kill himself.
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