The characterizations are uniformly fascinating, especially Buscemi's as the coldblooded yet oddly sympathetic crime lord (2011 Emmy, Best Actor in a Drama Series), and the production values, acting, writing and direction remain first-rate thanks to executive producer Martin Scorsese, who won an Emmy for directing the series pilot that set those high standards.
And the season careens to a shocking finale involving the demise of a major character that must be seen before tuning in to the third season premiere.
The '20s never roared louder.
The Blu-ray edition includes the documentaries “Living in 1921” and “Secrets of the Past: Storytelling in Episode 11 (reflections on the pivotal episode “Under God's Power She Flourishes”), a character guide, a “Back to the Boardwalk” recap of season one, audio commentaries and much more.
— Gene Triplett