Monday, April 17, 2006
Surfing Through "The Sopranos"
I lost interest in "The Sopranos" in season two, so don't think I'm trying to jump on the "Sopranos ain't so good" backlash as the series finale approaches. But surely anyone would consider last night's episode a horrible mess. The gay mobster runs away and we spend an interminable amount of time in a small town where he goes to a diner, orders breakfast, takes a walk, sits by a waterfall and then goes antiquing! This took about 20 minutes of the show but seemed to last for hours, adding absolutely nothing to our knowledge about the guy or what might happen to him. (It made the endless wedding reception scene from the week before seem brisk in comparison.) Equally dull: the reactions of the other mobsters, the guy's wife and Meadow (who whines about liberal issues and then shares damning info that could get the gay guy killed -- what does she think is going to happen, that they'll march with him in a gay pride parade?). And Carmela's gone from a strong woman who grew to bitterly regret her life into a wife who pouts when Tony hasn't broken the kneecaps of the building inspector yet. Dull, dull, dull.