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Sopranos Open Thread

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:49 pm

I meant to post this last night, but we had a power outage and I just got back online tonight.

Assume that the entire comments section is one giant spoiler.

UPDATE: An excellent theory is articulated here. I won’t put it in the post, but it is a spoiler, sort of.

15 Responses to “Sopranos Open Thread”

  1. I can’t believe it was all a dream!

    See Dubya (de9683)

  2. How could a mere power outage stop your trusty Treo?

    Bradley J. Fikes (1c6fc4)

  3. The Treo has been dead for weeks.

    I finally got it working tonight.

    Patterico (2a65a5)

  4. Nobody cares about the Sopranos?

    Patterico (2a65a5)

  5. To semigeeks like me, Treos are much more important than the Sopranos. I’ve never watched even one episode. I hardly ever watch TV. Yes, I’m culturally illiterate.

    Glad you got the Treo working. One would think all you’d have to do would be to post a call for help, and the dextrosphere would be rushing to assist.

    Bradley J. Fikes (1c6fc4)

  6. Who are these “Sopranos” of whom you speak?

    The Other JD (044292)

  7. I used to watch the Sopranos back in ’99-’01. But then I got a cable modem and my cable bill shot up to $140 a month so I canceled HBO. I figured I’d just get the DVD’s sooner or later.

    fngJD (49df46)

  8. I stopped watching the Sopranos when Furio started redecorating his kitchen.

    alphie (015011)

  9. I saw two episodes back in 00 or 01 and decided it was stylishly done, and a cool idea, but I loathed all the characters. There’s not much suspense when you don’t care if they live or die. “Oh, is that jerk gonna get shot? No? Darn.”

    The ending sounds like a pretentious mess, and I’m very glad I didn’t get involved in it.

    See Dubya (de9683)

  10. A poster at Captains’ Quarters has the best thought I’ve seen yet:

    I think Tony got popped. During the first episode of this season, when Tony and Bobby were talking out in the fishing boat, Tony said something about never seeing it coming and everything just going black…and that’s exactly what happened in the finale. R.I.P. Tony Soprano.

    Patterico (2a65a5)

  11. I’ve only seen 4 of their shows, and didn’t see the finale, but I have to say, I’m outraged! Whatever happened on the final episode is a travesty. A TRAVESTY!

    It’s important to have an opinion, even if it’s uninformed. I think…

    Kevin (1c20c1)

  12. I watched the first three seasons on DVD, then kinda gave up. With two small kids in the house, when we have an hour or so of time to do adult thing, let’s just say adult things get done.

    We watch “Seinfeld” reruns!

    I loved the first season — Tony’s mom is a classic character. But I became quickly annoyed with the “he’s got TWO families, a mob one and a real one — get it?” stuff. I got it, I got it. Got it a looong time ago. Much of the profanity and nudity seemed tossed in because, well, it’s on HBO and we can do that here. So let’s! Of course the obligatory rape story pops up. (Still a great episode, BTW.)

    I really loved the “Pine Barrens” episode from season 3. Truly a small film masquerading as an episode.

    It was the water-cooler show for a short while, but so was “The X-Files”. No one talks about it now, and Mulder is way cuter than Tony.

    Viktor (8da40e)

  13. I’ve watched it on and off since season 1, dang seems like a long time ago now.

    Ending seems like it could be EOL, (End Of Line), for Tony or totally open for follow up big screen flicks.

    I did think it was fitting that Phil got outted by the Fibbis and then perma retired.

    At any rate I think the series was somewhat revealing into one possibility of how and what organized crime could be like in the world today. It’s believable scenarios for sure.

    The end was indeed strange, and like many others thought, “fine time for the sat to go out”!

    TC (b48fdd)

  14. I think the ending is there is no ending. I’m betting on a Soprano’s movie.

    DRJ (2d5e62)

  15. I’m only a casual Sopranos watcher, having seen only a handful of episodes since the first season.

    Still, I liked the ending. I thought it really put Tony in his place.

    Does it matter whether that last instant was Tony recognizing his daughter, or a bullet going through his brain? The sum of Tony’s life is either a bullet or the fear of a bullet, and both are better than he deserves.

    I thought denying the audience “closure” on Tony’s life was a brilliant way of denying him (anti)hero status. Tony was just a thing that happened, a thoroughly evil thing.

    Glen Wishard (b1987d)

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