Angela Darmody: Killed by Lazy Writing
I hope nobody was too surprised by what happened to Angela Darmody and her girlfriend Sunday night on the usually stellar “Boardwalk Empire.” If you were surprised, then you haven’t been paying attention to pop culture very carefully. The character played by Aleksa Palladino is just the most recent victim.
As I had predicted, Manny Horvitz (William Forsythe) descended on Atlantic City with blood on his mind. He believes that Jimmy Darmody, who he’s been needling over a debt, was the architect of a failed attempt on his life. He chokes the location of the Darmody home out of bootlegger Mickey Doyle and creeps in during the middle of the night. When he finds Jimmy’s wife Angela in the bed and the shower running, he takes her hostage and waits for the bathroom door to open. When it does, he shoots the figure that emerges. It’s not Jimmy Darmody, though. Instead, he has shot Angela’s new girlfriend. He is genuinely surprised, but wastes little time in terrorizing and killing Angela despite her pleas for mercy. Horvitz makes sure that both women are dead, shooting each one extra time after both are already lying still in blood on the floor.
I should have predicted the eventual victim of Manny’s wrath here on LeBlog last week. I was pretty sure of who it would be. I did not make that prediction, however, because I wanted to believe that it wasn’t true. I told my wife, but I guess nobody would take her word for it. I sure wish I hadn’t been right.
There was ample reason to believe that the writers were done with Angela. Very recently, she and Jimmy had admitted to each other that they were not in love. If Angela is not married to Jimmy, what is her place in the show? This is a show about gangsters, not about painters. Also, this was happening at a time when Jimmy’s status as top man in Atlantic City appeared to be getting the better of him. Oh, and there was that psychopath butcher coming for him, too.
But there’s a much more powerful reason that I believed Angela’s days were numbered. It’s the same reason Shirley MacLaine’s character had to die at the end of “The Children’s Hour.” It’s the same reason Sandy Dennis died in “The Fox.” It’s why Tara on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” was shot dead and why Tara on “True Blood” was shot in the head just THIS SEASON.
I can’t lay out the situation any clearer than it was done at this site:
The specifics there have a lot to do with the controversy over Tara’s death on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” but the same cliche visited on that fan base has been visited on those of “Boardwalk Empire.”
I will continue to watch this show, but I am disappointed by the laziness and thoughtlessness of its writers this week.
I am sorry, Angela. You deserved better. So did we.