Monday, June 11, 2007

Girl #1 & Girl #2 talkin' bout the Sopranos finale



Halt! Sopranos spoilers lie therein! Proceed with caution!

Even Tony Soprano cannot deny the power of Journey
by, Girl #1

Wow! People are straight up pissed about The Sopranos ending last night, huh? I don't really understand why. I mean, it ended with what is quite possibly the greatest song of all time, so what's not to love? I was one of the many who thought Tony was destined to die at the end of the series. I was convinced that the only way to end the series would be to kill off the main character. I must say that I am very glad I was wrong. Since they turned the violence and killing up to 11 this season, I almost forgot what made the Sopranos so great. It was not just another mob story. It was a story of a man, and I'm talking about Tony Soprano here, a man trying to live his life who also just so happens to be the head of a Italian crime mob. Everyday isn't killing for Tony. Sometimes he just plays some Journey on the jukebox and eats some onion rings. Tony Soprano, he's just like us! Except while he eats his onion rings he has to be worried that the guy at the counter may murder him in front of his entire family. For all y'all who wanted more, perhaps you should talk to someone about your anger issues. I have not cringed away from the tv so much since Sanjaya was on American Idol. I think this season should have fulfilled any and all desire for bone crunching violence on tv. You keep listening to that jam, Tony. I hope your court case turns out ok. It's good to know that you're out there, taking 'er easy for all us sinners. Even if we can't watch you do it anymore.

Sopranos makes me want to 'hold on to that feeling'
by Girl #2

Not since my favorite show of all time, Seinfeld was nearing its series finale, did I feel so much anticipation, depression, and downright anxiety about a show's ending than did I about the Sopranos last hurrah. I agree completly with Girl #1's ponder of why so many people are upset about the ending. But I'm not as nice as Girl #1.

You people are idiots.

I for one was not one of the many who believed that Tony would/should die to close out the series. As horrible as Tony can be at times, he is the antihero who everybody loves and I just really never thought it would make much sense to kill him just because it might bring closure. One thing I did predict was the downfall of Phil Leatardo, and I thought for sure he would get it good. If you weren't satisfied with the literal bone-crushing whack job of the New York boss then don't bother to call yourself a Sopranos fan. Every viewer out there wanted that to happen and guess what, thats what they got, and you people still want to complain. And what a lot of people tend to forget is that, like Seinfeld, The Sopranos is a comedy. Sure there is drama, there is killing, but where the writing really gets good is the subtle humor that you are constantly having to keep your ears and eyes open to catch. I find myself cracking up at times during some of the most "serious" scenes. For example, a lot of people were incredibly irritated with the fact that Meadow went back and forth in a gigantic parking spot trying to parallel park, but just couldn't do it. But if you paid attention to detail, you would notice that the car she was driving happened to be the Lexus that advertises itself as "the car that parks itself." Or how about when AJ quotes but then mispronounces "Yeats" making himself look like an even bigger whiny jackass. If thats not a genius and hilarious implementation to the script, I don't know what is.

But seriously people, what more did you want? Did you really think a huge escapade of killings and raw violence was really the way the show wanted to wrap itself up? Why change your style and everything you have made this show to be on the last episode just to go out with a bang? David Chase wrote over 80 episodes and none of them would have made a blow out ending much more sensical. The finale along with the last few episodes especially provided me with so much tension and excitement that I could barely contain myself watching even down to the last wire in the final scene where you had no idea if some crazy madness was about to stir or if life would just go on until the next crazy day started up again. It was such a classic but innovative ending that when you think about it, really should please everyone. Let your imagination run wild and you create the ending for the character the fans of the show have come to have a love/hate relationship with. And props to David Chase for making everyone think for moment that the cable went out right before the last scene. That itself deserves accolades. This episode was good and they gave us so much, including Journey.

Do yourself a favor and go rewatch the episode. I've already seen it twice and it gets better and you find more things the second time around. And do yourself another favor and if you say you are a fan but hated the ending, watch the whole series from start to finish and then try to tell me this ending isn't the most perfect, bittersweet way to say goodbye... or possibly hello. If that truly was the last time we see The Sopranos though, I will always hold on to that feeling.

14 comments:

Jackie said...

Well, I saw the humor/hypocriticalness in A.J. bitching about society and the world, and how we are all slaves to our car...and then he is driving around in a friggen brand new BMW. What a spoiled brat.

But I thought the ending sucked. I thought my DVR crapped out on me for the first time, and even called my parents to check if it went black for them as well.

Anonymous said...

Picking Journey "Don't Stop Believing" to close the show was amazing! I foudn a list http://collegecandy.com/buzz/3398 of all the songs on the series finale from last night. worth checking it out...

jambles said...

i enjoyed the finale...but i like open-ended and ambiguous, slightly pretentious things, so take that for what it is worth. my only issues arise with a.j. and meadow. but it wasn't completely vague; you know tony's going to get into some trouble with the law and probably serve some jail time (which answers back to phil saying tony never did any real jail time so he wasn't really that hardcore). i could ramble on and on, but i don't think anyone would really care, so i won't. anyway, i thought it was good and fitting. and obviously the use of journey was sweet.

also, phil's skull being run over was sweet. i liked seeing the kid vomit cause that is what i would have done. can you imagine?

finally...i love slash. i want to bone him so hard before a show that he can't stand up properly. or at all, so he wouldn't be able to go on and thus would just stay in bed with the likes of myself. and then more boning would ensue.

Lozo said...

this is why america doesn't let girls be in charge of anything important.

Anonymous said...

I think Tony did die. That is why it went black. Bobby said that you don't even hear the gun shot when you die. The last scene was seen through Tony's point of view, then it went black. What if the guy came out of the bathroom and capped Tony's ass? That is juat a hypothesis. I tried to read both opinions on the finale but it was too long and I don't have the attention span for such things. I will just say, the show is so great. The ending was so not great. I wonder what Isabella Soprano thinks about being shut-out of the entire family for 6 years?

Andrea Soprano

Anonymous said...

Also, I thought Lola turned off the television at the very end. Lola, we later learned, was an innocent bystander.

Andrea

Karl E said...

At first I thought, "What the @#$%!". Then after realizing that it was the actual ending at first I was a little dissappointed, but then I realized what incredible writing went into that episode. I was left thinking that the show could easily continue on, so many possible story lines! It really was genius.

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