Monday, June 11, 2007

Sopranos Final Episode...

... Sucked.

No, your HBO feed didn't go on the fritz, it was just (show creator) David Chase's cruddy ending.

Wait! There was no ending. Just a blank screen. With no sound.

I might be wrong on this one, but I think I know why the guy has only written and directed one other episode (the pilot). He's the George Lucas of the small screen: great on the BIG idea-- not so good with the specific details (structure & dialogue).

The run-up to the final episode has been wonderful... but, boy, what a let down the final hour turned out to be-- completely disjointed and totally unsatisfying.

Yeah, I got the message: we should remember the good times... and life goes on. Blah, blah, blah. Give me the Dallas "It-Was-Only-A-Dream" series finale-- I think I prefer it as the most satisfying-of- the-unsatisfying of cop-out endings.

Chase has been clear that he hates TV's normal storytelling techniques.


It's never good to piss-off your audience. Us "groundlings" out here prefer our stories with a beginning, middle and end. It's satisfying. It's good structure. It's what keeps us returning... and keeps you on the air.


At 6:52 AM, Anonymous Joe said...

I didn't think it sucked Jonny Boy. You have three shady characters starting to move around within the restaraunt, Medow jogging in, in a moment you will have the entire Soprano clan right where you want 'em and Bada Bing Bada Boom..(BLACK OUT)

Or you have the set up for a motion picture.

At 1:52 PM, Anonymous Mad Myke said...

I was ok with the ending. Showing the typical banality of family life.One thing with the abrupt ending was the

At 3:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you didn't like the ending, you should stop watching, just like all the other protesters out there.

Yeah, that's it, you've watched your last episode of the Sopranos! That'll show 'em!

At 8:51 PM, Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I cou;dn't disagree with you more! I thought it was brilliant, and totally in keeping with every other episode. It had an ending just wasn't what you wanted!
For me, it had everything it has always had...tension, humor, and no, everyone didn't get slaufgtered...THAT would be another writers vision....Ohil Leotardo's death was one of the most gruesome things ever! What more did you want? How The Soprano Family ended up was exactly how they began. A Perfectr ending, on every level.

At 11:41 AM, Anonymous Drivers License Scanner said...

Loved the Sia track at the end.


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