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Thursday, April 19, 2007


Everybody's talkin' 'bout the first two episodes of the final season of "The Sopranos."

Here's my two cents:

Christopher's distraction ("Cleaver") is one thing, but when he slept with that junkie chick Tony earlier courted (Julianna Margulies), THAT was disrespectin' the boss. (Remember when Tony belt-whipped Assemblyman Zellman for taking up with his old "comare"?) Tony didn't belt-whip Chrissy, but this considerable slight made him question Chrissy's loyalty -- hence Tony's discussion with Bacala in the boat. Tony has made it clear time and again that when it comes to appointing a right-hand man, blood is key. But Tony sounded like he was willing to stretch the issue by heaping more confidence on Bacala who is, after all, a brother-in-law if not a brother.

That is, until the drunken Monopoly brawl.

That was a jaw-dropper. Who, like me, thought Bobby was gonna get his face rearranged when he and Tony took that little ride the next day? Tony assigning Bobby to take out Laundry Boy was penance -- and probably not the ONLY penance.

I'm sure you picked up on this: When Janice spilled to Carmela about an old "boyfriend" who hit her and made her go ballistic -- "I'm not proud of it" -- she was talking about the late, unlamented Richie Aprile. "In the end, he went his separate way," is one way of putting it.

What a surprise to see Johnny Sack again. With all the pressure to wrap up "The Sopranos" with a nice, pretty ribbon, David Chase could certainly have left that character alone. But "The Sopranos" never fails to surprise. What a touching coda for the character. A friend said Vince Curatola should get an Emmy for that one episode.

The restaurant whacking in Episode 2 had echoes from the restaurant whacking in "Godfather" I.

I found Little Carmine's TWO speeches unbearable. Who wants to hear about this idiot's dream or his light dinner after skinnydipping? You could just feel Tony seething.

Where is Chase going with Phil Leotardo? How will the Tony/Christopher thing play out? Why does Carmela keep bringing up Adriana? I can't imagine how they're going to wrap this thing up, but I hope we aren't disappointed. "Sopranos" fans DON'T expect that pretty ribbon, but at the same time, we've come to expect so much from this show. The bar is high.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

there are also 'echoes' of GF2 in the first episode when Tony is sitting in the chair. Janice comments to Bobby..."I've seen this sitting in the chair thing" (Michael Corleone sitting in the chair at the Tahoe compound before Fredo gets whacked.

2:50 PM, April 20, 2007  
Anonymous gail jeanne mcgillicuddy said...

I've always thought Adrianna would "somehow" come back from the dead (read soap opera), like she didn't really die, just was severely wounded, and living in the witness protection program for the past few years or something. Maybe she'll be the one to pull the trigger on Tony.

5:02 PM, April 20, 2007  
Blogger Mark Voger said...

To Anonymous: Yeah, Tony was thinking long and hard on this dilemma. Somehow, I don't think it's over.

To Gail Jeanne McGillicuddy: Well, David Chase has said over and over that Adriana is dead. I think they killed her offscreen because she was a character we really sympathized with. "The Sopranos" has served up so many gruesome whackings that we didn't need to see this one.

4:34 PM, April 22, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No one has mentioned the shot of the blood on the monopoly house, maybe the one that was stuck on Tony's face? Blood on Tony's house, shades of what is to come. Book.

7:39 AM, April 23, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought Paully Walnuts was going to get it for sure this last episode. Perhaps if he had fessed up on the boat about being the one that told Johnny Sac the joke about his wife, he might have gone overboard like Pussy. When they focussed in on that hatchet I thought it was curtains for sure. I was cringing - I'd miss those silver wings.

12:51 PM, April 24, 2007  
Blogger Mark Voger said...

To Book: "Blood on Tony's house" -- ooh, clever!

To Third Anonymous: I'd bet anything that Tony, Chrissy, Silvio, Paulie and Bacala are gonna make it to the very end. They're the Five Stooges.

11:09 PM, May 02, 2007  
Anonymous dazy said...

wow! I really love to watch Sopranos episodes Tony Soprano is an absoloute legend..Story is realy very intresting.

3:01 AM, April 23, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These two of the sopranos episodes were terrible and were fully surprising especially to see to see Johnny who sack again.

1:43 AM, May 17, 2008  

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