Re: Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
I too didn't get much fleshed out from the flashbacks. It was sort of a retelling of the story I felt I already knew. And because of that I sort of liked the ending. The Darmondy family sort of finally getting even with Nucky. But if that's going to be the overriding theme of the season, why do it with new performers re-interpretting characters we already knew and were comfortable with, just to drape this newer material over the top of it that felt like a totally different story.
We know Gillian had a relationship with Luciano, I would've more interested in something that put her prominently using those bozos in order to exact her revenge, and it would'nt have required the time jump in order to get the main theme of Darmondy retribution across. They could've easily juggled the timeline for other historical moments. Had it seem like Nucky was creating the national syndicate, then have Luciano turn on him for Gillian at the very end. They could've blown the Gillian history open through her with Luciano.
I don't know. It just felt like there were ways to get what they wanted with a seven year jump forward folloed by a 40 year flashback backward. I'm sure the Darmondy retribution was the endgame when the first scene was written a decade ago or whatever. And I'm sure it was supposed to be Jimmy until there was whatever contractual / backstage issue pushed that relationship toward what really was the shows apex to me.
And I really feel like losing Rothstein was a huge blow to this season.