Originally Posted by mr. wally
it clearly is not in the league of band of brothers, sopranos, the pacific.
i'll probably keep watching it, but it just isn't really grabbing me. i think you could say i don't find it compelling.
I don't think it's fair to compare this to BoB or The Pacific. Those were both mini-series that had to rush violently towards a fixed point in time over a limited number of episodes. Boardwalk is a series that isn't rushing to a definite conclusion.
A fairer comparison would be Deadwood. Like Boardwalk it chronicled the evolution of characters at a certain point in history. Unlike The Sopranos (which was purely fictitious) it has to fall in line with an established series of events so they can't just ramp up the action purely for dramatic effect either.
It's a slow building series so I can see how it wouldn't appeal to a good portion of the audience, but for me part of the appeal lies in the depiction of the time and feel of the show. Having these people wandering inside that time and their reactions to the world is part of the attraction.