Boardwalk Empire fans are hoping that like other HBO classics, the extravagant Martin Scorsese production ages well with time. Through last season critics hotly-debated the shows merits, some called it a huge letdown, while others were extremely excited for another season. The season two premier which aired last night, opened with lots of literal bangs, but did it open with any critical bangs?
Boardwalk Empire has set itself up for a season of brilliance. While many called the show too slow and full of complicated characters, the season two premier showed the show is just starting to settle in, argues The Hollywood Reporter's Tim Goodman. "It’s clear from the early going in Season 2 of Boardwalk Empire that all the seeds so patiently planted and nurtured last season will be blossoming with real beauty in this one." Now that we know the characters, the show can develop, continues the New York Daily News's David Hinckley. "Boardwalk Empire loses sight of neither the large nor the small pictures as it moves into season two. While we know the players now, so they don't surprise us as much, the show keeps them always in motion and often a step ahead of what we expect."