I loved the opener and can't wait to see the storylines play out in Season 3. The only bum note struck was the apparent ease with which Nucky & Margaret transitioned through the off-camera bombshell of Margaret's betrayal with the land deed. Even Nucky's opportunism to repair his damaged PR by becoming a perceived philanthropist or his reluctance to take on single-parenthood of his step-children could not have realistically saved her life after signing away the permanent securement of Nucky's financial and political dynasty. He could have done away with her and still played the big shot and adoring husband by doing charity to honor her. For me, that was the sole "Huh?!" moment of episode 301.
Matt, I don't usually address reviewers directly, as everyone is entitled to their opinion, critics included. But you may wish you had this one back when the sting of a disappointing episode fades a bit. It feels very mailed in. 230 words and most of them devoted not to the episode or to the series, but to your personal level of disgust. Really? Eight seasons, 100 episodes and a fanatically loyal fanbase deserved more reflection from the TVFanatic Weeds beat writer than "It sucked so bad that I don't really know what to say about it."
I didn't hate the finale. It was definitely better than Dallas' "Bobby in the shower" or the abrupt "Don't Stop Believin'" fade to black on The Sopranos. Keep in mind that the decision to end the show came from Lionsgate TV, not from the creators, after writing was underway.
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