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Sopranos is back. Bang Bang!

Postby Sugarcubes Forever » Tue Mar 14, 2006 2:53 pm

Anybody watch the 'season' premiere of the Sopranos?

I've heard that the final 7 episodes won't air until early in 2007, so the cliffhanger from Sunday night is not as shocking as I first thought.

Andy Dehnart writes this week for MSNBC an interesting review of the season opener, including an explanation of the opening monologue.

I for one am perplexed. As a viewer I don't really want to sit through the desintigration of the series ala Six Feet Under, with the lead character dead. Somehow that series wrap worked. Both shows dealt (in their own ways) with the themes of death. But I just can't believe that they'd whack Toni with 19 more episodes in the can. It would be for the audience like watching the last season of Star Trek without Capt. Kirk. No fun, man. Nemoy couldn't carry the show, even with Bones and Scotty in tow.

I've been critical of some of the past seasons. But over the last year I've watched all of them again and found that even the weak spots in the series are pretty damn strong. Sunday's edition was, in my opinion, up there with the better episodes of the past, but where it goes from here I won't even speculate. I'm still trying to wrap my head around the last 60 minutes.

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Postby D. Phillips » Tue Mar 14, 2006 3:18 pm

Even if Tony dies, that doesn't mean he's not in the remaining episodes. We can safely assume that from the ads HBO's been running to promote this season.

I have been saying all along that they should kill off Tony before the end of the show (though maybe not THIS soon) and show how the families react. Just like when Jackie died in the first season and we saw the jockeying for position and the manipulation of Uncle June. I'd love to see what happens to Tony's crew after he's gone, especially Chris and Pauly.

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Postby steve-o » Tue Mar 14, 2006 3:20 pm

Word.

There's no way they'll kill Tony. I know the writers have already shown that they don't care about killing major characters, there's still no way. Especially not like that.

And if you're interested, the Post had an online discussion yesterday with Dominic Chianese aka Junior. Who knew the guy had singing career? I for one am going to get a copy of "Ungrateful Heart."

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Postby Tom4 » Tue Mar 14, 2006 3:24 pm

They're not gonna kill Tony. Not with that gunshot, at least. They were foreshadowing a heart attack. I think Carmela will keep having those Adrianna nightmares and might wise up. That, plus Tony's diet, and the guilt of being responsible for Gene's hanging, plus overall stress will help bring him down. I also think Vito and Phil are in cahoots and Chrissy could be getting whacked. Phil's not over his brother dying just yet.

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Postby D. Phillips » Tue Mar 14, 2006 3:29 pm

There's clearly something up with Vito and Phil. What with Vito telling Gene he could be boss someday, God forbid something happens to Tony...

I also love how this episode was all about showing that Tony's crew had eclipsed Johnny Sack's. Chrissy offering to buy Johnny's car--in cash! Carm stopping by to show Ginny her Porsche. Awesome and sure to build some resentment.

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Postby Sugarcubes Forever » Tue Mar 14, 2006 4:37 pm

Every time Carmela pulls something like that I'm a little shocked. Falco plays that role so well. She'll get you to sympathize with her to the point where you might almost think she's guiltless, then Carmela does something just striking enough to shock you back to the fact that she's at least in some ways a partner in what Tony does.

Reminds me of the time when she brought food to the office of the lawyer that she'd asked to write a recommendation letter for Meadow. Yikes! No need for Carm to "threaten" someone. She's too cool for that. She just gives you the eye and smiles. That's the worst kinda evil, man!

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Postby n8 » Tue Mar 14, 2006 5:05 pm

do you all know how foreign (and silghtly obsessive) this sounds to someone who's never watched the show before? ehh, i played poker online for two hours last night. we all have our vices...

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Postby Tom4 » Tue Mar 14, 2006 5:58 pm

n8 wrote:do you all know how foreign (and silghtly obsessive) this sounds to someone who's never watched the show before? ehh, i played poker online for two hours last night. we all have our vices...


Haha, yeah I know we probably sound crazy, but the show is addictive. Like Six Feet Under, the plot and characters are so well-written it's hard not to get wrapped up in it. Plus, there's so little good TV on nowadays, more people flock to fewer shows for respite. I'd recommend renting the DVD's starting from Season 1 and see if you don't get hooked.

To switch topics slightly, opinions on Big Love? I thought the first episode was interesting enough. Loved the "God Only Knows" opener--will have to wait and see how things unravel this season. It's always tough to judge a show by the first episode, but HBO's got a near-flawless track record.

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Postby D. Phillips » Tue Mar 14, 2006 6:20 pm

Tom4 wrote:
n8 wrote:do you all know how foreign (and silghtly obsessive) this sounds to someone who's never watched the show before? ehh, i played poker online for two hours last night. we all have our vices...


To switch topics slightly, opinions on Big Love? I thought the first episode was interesting enough. Loved the "God Only Knows" opener--will have to wait and see how things unravel this season. It's always tough to judge a show by the first episode, but HBO's got a near-flawless track record.


Paging Arli$$...

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Postby worpswede » Tue Mar 14, 2006 9:34 pm

D. Phillips wrote:Paging Arli$$...

Fucking funny! And I never felt the love for "Rome" either, except for the sex scenes, which I attribute from watching "Caligula" one too many times as a teenager (It was the only porno I owned during high school because I could pass it off as a 'historical' movie to the folks). But enough about my teenage masturbation strategies... I'm liking "Big Love" so far and I let out a "Holy Shit!" at the end of the season opener. Tony ain't goin' nowhere...yet. Uncle June couldn't hit the toilet with his own piss stream, let alone a vital organ with a handgun.
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