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I never felt motivated enough to write any reviews here on TV.com. I came close on several occasion but always chicken out. I probably have to really squeeze my brain juice if I had to write a full review. This small article took more than an hour for me to put it up.

However, Mob City episode 3 and 4 are one of the best two hours of television this week, I finally had to do it! I am 90% sure Tim or anyone at TV.com is probably NOT going to write a review!

So finally my maiden SHORT review. Let's just called it a discussion. Do not expect much as writing is not even a hobby of mine.

I am certainly not going to do a recap. Its two episodes and lots of stories to cover. I am not going to put photos too. Looks too complicated. Okay I lie, I will try to put up a few photos. So far I am ranking it number 3 on my weekly list of favorite TV episodes (Have not watched scandal and Nikita yet).

IMHO, this week is way much better than the last two episodes. Shame on those who stopped watching after last week. For those who did watch, would you agree with me that you really enjoyed it? (Read on your own risk. This discussion contains spoilers !)

Mob City episode 3 and 4 had a very different feel from the last two. Lesser of the Film Noir homage nonsense and no voice over at all ! More exciting mob stories and very entertaining gun fights scenes. Could it be because Frank Darabont directed the first two but not these two episodes. The wonderful stellar cast finally had scenes to really pulled their weight in these two episodes.


EPISODE 3

Episode 3 started off by explaining to us what happened with last week blackmailing and Jasmine's involvement. It showed us how badass Bugsy Siegel is. Watching Bugsy beat up his own men, do a mob hit himself and trying to sell his Las Vegas plans was really fun ! Edward Burns does a fantastic job.

Neal McDonough was just as wonderful as ambitious police captain William Parker. He decided to go against his own boss wishes and make it his team mission to capture Bugsy. He did it rather hastily and might pay the consequences of doing so.

One of the other highlights of this episode was watching Robert Knepper's Sid Rothman acting opposite Jon Bethral's Joe Teague in the police interrogation room.

Finally the BEST and last scene of episode 3! I am calling in the Carousel gun fighting scene. It lasted a whole ten minutes and worth watching every second of it.
It involves the three stooges (Bugsy men) trying to take out a key witness and Detective Joe Teague coming to the rescue.
Here are some photos.






Episode 3 is the BEST so far in this series! I really liked it a lot!


EPISODE 4

Episode 4 is not as good as 3 but it does move the stories along and set things up nicely for next week finale. It got me excited and looking forward to them.

Episode 4 started with William Parker waiting at the airport to meet and arrest Bugsy.

Bugsy : "What you what to do, put me in the electric chair"
William Parker: "This is California, here is the gas chambers"

The fun with this two will continue later in this episode in a jail cell scene.

After Bugsy goes to jail, the mob rival gang decided to hit his operation while he is in jail. Those were the fun (and violent) scenes for this episode. The best was from Milo Ventimiglia as Ned Stax talking his way out of trouble when the gang hit one of the upper classy joints (full of dentist gamblers).

I did not like Mickey Cohen (Jeremy Luke) last scene at the Banana factory. Probably that is how the title of this episode came about. I mean I could think of 100 more interesting ways to torture a man than to jack a banana up his ass ! Not to mention your hands might get somewhat dirty.

The two guys from Parker's mob squad trying to plant a listening device into Mickey Cohen office was quite fun to watch too. It was definitely much more difficult those days to wire tap someone.

As I mentioned before, this series has a really good cast so to stand out from all these fantastic actors are not easy so I must give mention to Robert Knepper. The guy is really a master of playing psycho !

Even watching him play the violin is poetic ! I loved it so much I have to put the photo up.



Mob City could be developed into a series about 2 leading man if it ever gets to season 2. It could be about a street smart cop who use his gun fighting skills and a lawyer who use his brains and charm. While Jon Bethral show off his skills in episode 3, we see Milo here showing off his charm in this episode.

The final scene of this episode were Sid Rothman in Joe Teague house probably to try to get Joe to lead him to the one and only witness. Not as exciting last scene as episode 3 but that set up nicely for next week's finale.

That's all folks ! I do hope more people will watch episode 3 and 4 after reading this small review.
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Great review. Especially for a first attempt. Thanks for doing it.

I'm really enjoying this show. Particularly the cheesy film noir bits.
I am so glad 'The Cult' got cancelled so we can see Robert Knepper as a classic mob hit man. He was made for that role.

And I have to say I'm pleasantly surprised at how well Edward Burns pulls off
Siegel. That's not an easy role to do serious. Bugsy nearly always comes off as comical on film.

All in all a great little show to get us through the hiatus.
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Thank you very much. I have just did the review for episode 5 and 6 as well but I lost the review I wrote so its just photos for now.

I always think Edward Burns is a very good actor. TNT is so impressed they are giving him a new show to write and star in.
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Thanks for the review! I was disappointed to find no staff review.
I thought these episodes were much improved on the first two. Less cheesy film noir and more developed characters and story lines. We finally got to see Bugsy Seigel in action but it was the scene between him and William Parker in the jail was fantastic. I didn't like the carousel scene as much, I found it too long and I didn't get the focus on the horses at the end of the episode. Milo Ventimiglia has shed the horror of Heroes for me, and Iddo Goldberg is really creepy as Leslie Shermer. It's Robert Knepper who is stealing the show for me though as Sid Rothman, he is terrifying in such an understated why, and it makes him feel truly dangerous/psychotic as opposed to just another meat head thug. I hope this show continues, I'd love to see Vegas get developed, and to see the police using new technology was really interesting too.
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Yes I don't know Iddo Goldberg but he was creepy alright. Good Job. The 2 actors who played the 2 mob squad detectives trying to plant the hearing device did a good job too but I did not have time to goggle their names and put them in the review.

I would loved for the next 2 episodes to be good and hopefully with an ending if there is no season 2. What I will hate is the show leave us with a cliffhanger without a season 2.
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Episode 3 was directed by Frank Darabont and episode 4 was directed by Guy Ferland.
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You are right so he can direct well if he do not try so hard to pay homage to Film Noir. Michael Sloane was the writer of the episode not director.
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I'm so glad these episodes were reviewed. Good job;-)

I just finished watching them and was very entertained. The acting is top notch, the stories/plots are interesting and there is just the right amount of "melodrama". There is a lot they can explore/develop with the characters and plots but I was under the impression that "everyone dies". I think the promos for the series even mentions everyone dying. If that is true that the final two episodes are going to have breakneck pacing and will be action packed.

Some critics/people think/say "noir" [often] has a tragic or bleak conclusion and I get the feeling this is the path Mob City will be heading down. I don't know much about noir (definitely not an expert) but I'm sure there are noir shows/films where justice prevails (virtue rewarded and vice punished) and/or happy endings but I'm skeptic about this being the case for mob city.

Finally, Neal McDonough doesn't creep me out anymore (he was a scary freak in Justified). Robert Knepper still plays a creepy character (he does it so well). Both are very talented actors imo and I'm glad McDonough isn't getting typecast as a psycho. He's probably been in many movies/shows but during the first two episodes I still was remembering his Justified character whereas with the last two episodes I am no longer biased/clouded by his prior roles.

Bingeing this show would of been best imo. Now I have to wait until next week for the final two episodes.
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Thanks for liking the review. I will try to do one for the final 2 episodes too.

The rest of the cast might die then there will be NO season 2 which would be sad. However real life characters such as Bugsy Siegel (only died in 1947) and Mickey cohen (live til 1976) will not die till later unless the series time jump which I doubt.

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I watched the last half of episode 3 and then turned to American Horror Story shortly after ep 4 began. That probably was a mistake since I am not really digging AHS this year. Luckily, I did get to see the carousel shoot-out which was exciting and unique. I think Joe Teague should have stayed on the ground to get easier shots (like his first one), but that would have detracted from the entertainment value of the scene.

I like the whole look of the show--settings/scenery, costumes, etc. The actors are strong as you noted, and there are quite a few familiar ones on this show. I doubt it will take off and earn a regular series after this mini-series, but I could be wrong.

You did well with your first review! :)
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Thank you.

I hope they would be a season 2 but I too doubt it will happened. The cast will have no problem finding other jobs. Robert Knepper will always have psycho character waiting for him. I hope he will be a lead in a long series. Too bad for him Cult got cancel but Cult was a poor show.

I always thought of Edward Burns as a movie star. He is doing many independent projects in recent years.
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Quite a few big movie stars have taken TV roles in the past few years. TV is so much better than most movies these days. That did not used to be the case, but I think we are living in the golden era of TV now. :)

I believe Edward Burns started out doing indie projects but not sure about that.
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Good job.
I would have probably made a joke about checking the ripeness of fruit!

I really like this series, and these 2 episodes were an improvement on the first 2 and if they had put something like the shootout of episode 3 in episode 1, then this show would probably have got more buzz
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Thank you very much. You are right! I suspect it might have something to do with Frank Darabont directing the first 2 episodes. 3rd episode was directed by Michael Sloane, a name I will be looking out for since I really liked the way he directed it.
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Personally liked episode 4 better. Really thought it showcased all of the cast in an interesting and compelling way but can't bash on episode 3 because it was amazing as well!
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Yes. With such a wonderful cast, they should give good screen time to all of them. I do hope the show makes it to season 2 and we can see more of the cast grows their individual character.
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I hope they extend the episode count for next season like with The Walking Dead and air one episode a night so we can enjoy it weekly for a longer period of time. So yeah I hope that Frank's enthusiasm gets them a second season and another shot at making it more!
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Loved your review! I just promoted it to the homepage so look for it there. Keep up the great work :)
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Thank you so much.
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