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SOPRANOS--da lass seezin.

 
 
Reply Sun 8 Apr, 2007 07:04 am
This will be my official commentary spot on the 9 new episodes that , they say, constitute the last season of the Sopranos. Like it or hate it, this show has been a rainmaker for HBO and has launched several careers, including the really miscasting of James Gandolfini as "Tiny" in the recent reprise of Robt Penn Warrens book "All The Kings MEn".

Tonite , appropriately, Ester Sunday, is the start of the latest , and last season. I shall give my comments . ANyone wishing to similarly comment or refute my comments may do so.


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Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Sun 8 Apr, 2007 07:23 am
The hype on this upcoming last season has been absolutely outrageous. The PR and marketing people at HBO have outdone themselves. You can't pick up a news magazine without seeing a major feature on the Sopraons. Time even has a time -line on past episodes of the show. I'm waiting for National Geographic to do a photo spread on the "locations" used on the program. As I've never seen a single episode (don't have cable), I can't possibly comment on the merits of this PR blitz. But I'm impressed.
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eoe
 
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Reply Sun 8 Apr, 2007 07:49 am
Looking forward to it...
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farmerman
 
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Reply Sun 8 Apr, 2007 10:34 am
If youve got a good video store, the first 6 years of the series are available that way.
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Thomas
 
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Reply Sun 8 Apr, 2007 10:48 am
F'ckn bookmark.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Sun 8 Apr, 2007 04:57 pm
The Sopranos is ending?


Goddamn.



I missed most of season Six, but now I have the DVDs clutched safely in my hot little paw.
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OCCOM BILL
 
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Reply Sun 8 Apr, 2007 07:14 pm
Thomas wrote:
F'ckn bookmark.
Laughing Laughing Laughing
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squinney
 
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Reply Sun 8 Apr, 2007 07:17 pm
Let's whack this c*ck sucker and be done with it.
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Roberta
 
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Reply Mon 9 Apr, 2007 04:49 am
So Tony cheats his family in monopoly and gets the sh!t beat out of him by his brudder-in-law.

What a wuss.
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farmerman
 
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Reply Mon 9 Apr, 2007 05:39 am
The web is probably set for Tony's downfall. The opening mguffin was the pistol that Tony threw away in season 5 when Phil was taken down by the FBI in a raid. Tony and Phil were talking out in Phils Backyard on a wintery day. Tony sees the Feds coming and runs, while he runs he dumps the pistol, which was found by a kid. The kid emerges 2 years later trying to sell some dope and he had the gun The gun was loaded with hollow points and this is apparently a state violation in NJ. The gun is traced back to Tony and hes arrested by the locals. The case is dropped (not really cause the Feds scarf up the gun and let the local cops know that a RICO case is being prepared by the FBI and this gun would be a neat accessory)

Tony, trying to level out from family **** and the gun thing, goes up to his brother-in-laws (Steve Chirripa)cabin in teh Adirondacks where they have a "dysfunctional family picnic" As Roberta said, In a Monopoly Game Tony insults his sister janice, who caught Tony cheating ( Remember, shes The crazy bitch who murderd her made husband in a previous year) Because of the cheating incident Tony wont let off that Janice used to give guys blow-jobs "under the boardwalk" in Atlantic City. Bobby flips out at the apparent insult to his wife and a fight ensues, which Tony loses. The antisocialness of Tony manifests itself as this ass whuppin is being worked over in Tony's mind
1. Its an insult to the leader iof the family (who takes smaller issues than this to heart and deals with them brutally). This gets Tony's mind going about possibly exacting some sort of revenge

2. Bobbie scored a "lucky punch" and Tony needs to refight the fight .

A business trip follows with Tony and Bobbie leaving together after the fight. This trip involves a mass purchase of Canadian Prescription Drugs and has Tony beginning his little plot on Bobbie. He realizes that Bobbie, besides being a good "earner", has never killed anyone. SO Tony fixes that by making him do a job on a Canadian youth who was attempting to acquire the child of one of the CAnadian prescription drug dealer's daughters. Tony negotiates a "reduction in cost " by including a free whack on the "problem party", the actual carrying out of the contract was then assigned to Bobbie. Also, on the road trip up to Canada Tony and Bobbie must refight the fight. The second fight is not shown on screen at all but, in the meeting with the Canadians, Bobbie is seen with his face all swollen up. Later, This was not missed by Janice on their return. She takes Bobbie aside and says"You let him win, thats smart"
Tony is, after all, one sick puppy and he doesnt countenace disrespect> HE just has an unusual way of exhibiting his dislikes.
BTW, Bobbie gives Tony a submachine guun as a birthday present.

I believe that the seeds of the end has been set to include these few items in achieving a denoument of the entire series.

All in all, Id give it a B+. It was good and nicely paced. The entire fight and the "rematch" offscreen was a good touch .
However, a few left over issues from last season were just (apparently) dropped, or apparently dropped. Maybe theyll resurface later .
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patiodog
 
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Reply Mon 9 Apr, 2007 05:48 am
I stopped watching around 4 years ago.

What have I missed?
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dlowan
 
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Reply Mon 9 Apr, 2007 07:42 am
A great deal...unless you stopped watching because you didn't like it.
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au1929
 
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Reply Mon 9 Apr, 2007 08:24 am
I would give last nights episode an eight out of ten. Not too gory but just enough violence.
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Chai
 
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Reply Mon 9 Apr, 2007 08:28 am
AJ - He's growing up in some ways, and in others he's still the same little **** he ever was.


Carmela: AJ! There spaghetti sauce all over these pants! I told you to get the pants that just came from the dry cleaners!

AJ: Is it my fault your closet light didn't come on?

But, he's really good with his girlfriends baby.
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farmerman
 
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Reply Mon 16 Apr, 2007 06:24 am
It appears that several plot lines that could lead to the series denoument have been placed on our plkates for consideration

1Bobbie Baccala and Tony's fight will tend to be replayed in Tony's mind

2Bobbie's hit in Canada was done in an hammy fashion. He driopped the gun without wiping

3Tony's gun has been taken in by the FBI from his escape from Johnny Sac's home 3 years ago
--------Last Night
1The movie that was produced by Christopher has a certain cast similarity to the life of Tony and the disappearance of Adrianna

2Chris and Tony are beginning to recognize that each is a "****"

3Johny Sacramoni's death leaves a power vacuum and several reluctant candiddates for the job.

4Phils brothers hit by Christopher was remembered as an anniversary

5 Silvio (Stevie Van Zandt) survises a hit and is miffed at the attempt

6Pauly Walnuts is a ****.

7 Tony reminds us that "someone and he have differing opinions about the organization"

OK, I think that enough plot lines are in the works. Now how bout getting it on for the year. Weve been pretty much treading water here.
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Chai
 
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Reply Mon 16 Apr, 2007 06:30 am
Best line from last nights show, credited to Paulie Walnuts...

The cancer spared me, but got Johnny
Ride a painted pony, let the spinning wheel turn.



Deep.
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au1929
 
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Reply Mon 16 Apr, 2007 06:37 am
It is a good thing that this is the last season. IMO It has been reduced to the level of a second grade soap opera.
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Chai
 
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Reply Mon 16 Apr, 2007 07:33 am
au1929 wrote:
It is a good thing that this is the last season. IMO It has been reduced to the level of a second grade soap opera.



You know, I agree.

It's like they're just going through the motions.
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eoe
 
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Reply Mon 16 Apr, 2007 07:35 am
Chai wrote:
Best line from last nights show, credited to Paulie Walnuts...

The cancer spared me, but got Johnny
Ride a painted pony, let the spinning wheel turn.



Deep.


That's a line from Chicago's "Spinning Wheel", correct?

"What goes up must come down
Spinning wheel, spinning 'round..."
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Chai
 
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Reply Mon 16 Apr, 2007 08:17 am
eoe wrote:
Chai wrote:
Best line from last nights show, credited to Paulie Walnuts...

The cancer spared me, but got Johnny
Ride a painted pony, let the spinning wheel turn.



Deep.


That's a line from Chicago's "Spinning Wheel", correct?

"What goes up must come down
Spinning wheel, spinning 'round..."



Blood, Sweat and Tears actually. Cool
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