Jun 12, 2007
Yesterday I watched the series finale of ‘The Sopranos’. Within the last year I was able to catch up with the previous 85 episodes to get prepared for the ending. After avoiding spoilers all day on various media outlets I hooked up my Dell to the TV and watched the final 60 minutes with my roommates.
The main reason I’m posting this is because I’m shocked on all the coverage around the net and in the news. On Technorati “Sopranos” is the second most popular search on their site. On CNN they have had two “Latest News” stories   on the finale and their first article is listed as the most popular item still today still trumping Paris Hilton (thankg god…). It also seems people are storming wikipedia defacing David Chase‘s entry out of anger. The HBO website also has been getting assaulted with complaints and service cancellations over the finale.
My feelings on the finale are a little different then I think some people. First I’ve only recently got engaged in the show. Some fans have probably been watching since 1999 and invested so much time (similar to my time investment in 24?) that the finale has been the episode they’ve been waiting for. Closure to a eight year ride? A final goodbye to The Family Soprano?
Did the finale deliver that? I think so…
Did the finale the deliver the desired closure? As a whole I don’t think so…
Look at this picture. When I first saw that I thought we would get to see Tony in New York becoming the Boss of NYC or something crazy. Tony moves out of New Jersey and goes to NYC? Something we haven’t seen before? A New Beginning?
The finale showed nothing we haven’t seen before in the Sopranos. Closure I found was delivered to a degree (Tony’s kids are on their way doing well, Carmella is a woman, Tony spoke with Junior, Phil got what was comin to him, blah blah) but not huge epic ending above all endings.
Second, the more I thought about it though the more I ended up liking the finale but mostly just for what is was. The Sopranos is not a show like 24, or Lost where their best hours need to come at the of a season. With those shows you EXPECT the finale hours to be action packed, clear up all story lines, or have cliffhangers. The Sopranos gave us something to think about, something to discuss, something to dissect and something to argue.
Creator David Chase said: “”I have no interest in explaining, defending, reinterpreting, or adding to what is there.” I agree with him 100%. The finale was left for the viewer to do what they want with it. Rather then spell everything out (Six Feet Under Finale) they left the story open to theories (Tony gets whacked by the bathroom guy/Place the viewer into Tony’s mindset/Dream Sequence) and other internet speculation and craziness.
Regardless, the finale is what it is. Tony Soprano has brb’ed and more then likely never coming back. The final episode packed 12 songs somehow in 60mins (Sopranos Series Finale CD?) and at the same time spawned a million opinions. As a whole I would recommend the entire series to anybody. At the core is a family drama but contains violence, nudity, anger, drugs, and humor. In the end a finale wasn’t bad but I felt was a tad anti-climatic but is good for what is was and tried to accomplish.