Wednesday, April 11, 2007
"The Sopranos" -- Out With A Whimper, Not A Bang
It's a shame, in a way. "The Sopranos" was building to a series finale where Carmela officially turned her back on Tony and the lavish Mob life that left her hands covered in blood. Unfortunately, that finale took place at the end of season four with the episode "Whitecaps," widely and rightly considered one of the best hours of TV ever. But the show kept on going, with increasingly diminishing returns. Season Six part two kicked off to a so-so 7.7 million viewers. That's a great number for HBO, but far down from the series peak. It just doesn't matter that much anymore. Personally, I was simply bored by the episode. "The Sopranos" deserved better, but we'd have to go back in time and pull the plug earlier to accomplish it.