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The Sopranos – ‘Made in America’

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 [1] [2] 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.

Category: Television


7 Responses

  1. Vo says:

    And yet, another classic show I have never watched.

  2. bun says:

    i dont get into the sopranos that much, but i love that picture of vanberge.

  3. vanbergs says:

    I see what you’re trying to say, Vanlandw, but I don’t know if I necessarily agree. Yeah, Chase didn’t want to provide a cookie-cutter Christmas present of an ending to his phenominal series. No tightly wrapped packages for viewers on this one. For that, I have to give him credit. He delivered a unique and emotional finale the likes of which no series has ever seen before. I watched it several more times, and I still feel the same as when I first saw it: I’m not signing for the package he delivered.

    Anyone who knows me knows how I feel about endings to anything. Unless there is a period at the end of the sentence, it’s hard to win me over. The finale to The Sopranos was almost a Cliffhanger with no end on the horizon. That’s almost as bad as if Travers never would have said “FETCH!…Deux it!” in the actual Cliffhanger film. The way I feel, is that Chase could have provided the same emotional connections with a finale that wasn’t so ambiguous. One of my favorite series finales is actually the last episode for “Roseanne”. Laugh all you want, but that episode was insanely well-done and pretty much kicked you in the balls/ovaries, depending on your gender.

    I wasn’t expecting some big battle between crime families, or some outlandish action sequence, because the Sopranos was never about that. But what I was hoping for was at least a conclusive scene that didn’t leave fans hanging…especially mid-Journey lyric.

  4. Vanberge says:

    Vanlandw – you have done a good job here. But i am going to write a post to voice my opinions rather than state them in your comments. :-)

    You’ve done a fine job!

    I love your site and love the sopranos and love vanlandw and love vanbergs and love stunt planes.

  5. Vo says:

    vanlandw. I found this. I thought of you.


  6. Vanberge says:

    What is your banner graphic of?

  7. vanlandw says:

    vo – good comic i’m catching up on it periodically

    vanberge – http://www.terrygoodkind.com/images/book_thumbs_large/stone.jpg

    My banner graphic is a slighly updated version of the book cover from Stone of Tears

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