Originally Posted by Jekyll
I just couldn't figure out what the hell was actually happening. I think I was confused by the crosscutting between the feds raiding the funeral home and Jimmy hijacking the liquor. I initially thought the feds were in the woods by the road where the hijacking was taking place. I also wasn't sure if Jimmy ended up working with the feds or not. Watching this episode half asleep was probably not a good idea.
I am with you on this... I cannot figure out why they melded the scenes together, very confusing. Also, why wasn't Nucky more pissed off about the hijack? I mean, he was the one with everything to lose, yet seemed somewhat "thankful" for his "share." And why was it his "share?" It was all supposed to be his. I just didn't get it. I, too, was half asleep.
I think the clothing, scenery is just too costumey to invoke a real sense of identification. We all identified with Tony Soprano in some way. He seemed like a real guy. Same with Don Draper. Nucky doesn't seem like a real guy. I like the show so far, but this is no Sopranos or Mad Men. It is just too fake. The set and props (those damn babies?) are just unrealistic.
Also, they changed Nucky's name b/c the writer/director/producer wanted artistic freedom. Nucky was only in his 30's when this took place in real life, he was a big, fat guy and plus the storyline takes a lot of liberties with the actual events, etc. This was mentioned in the pre-show piece that HBO presented on Sunday evening.