As I hope tonight's series finale of "The Sopranos" is great, my mind has drifted to Pam and Jim.
If you watch "The Office", you know the Pam and Jim relationship is key to the storyline. We all root for Pam and Jim and hope their timing syncs up. The season three finale that aired last month was pretty sweet for us Pam and Jim fans. Pam's reaction is the money shot.
June 10th has been circled on my calendar for a while and now that date has arrived. Tonight I'll be watching the series finale of "The Sopranos".
Series finales can be tricky. Expectations are often pretty high and everyone's looking for some type of closure. The last time I said goodbye to a show I loved, it was "Six Feet Under" and their final 6:48 left me feeling totally fulfilled. Click that link to watch it.
I hope David Chase was up to the challenge. I hope I'm not left bitter and disappointed after tonight's episode. I hope it's great.
I just finished watching the season five finale of The Sopranos. Another brilliant episode of one of my favourite television programs and things are set up very nicely for their final season.
I know a lot of people who read this site haven't seen the finale yet and don't want me to spoil it for them so I'll just say a couple of lingering issues were tied up tonight. It was once again television that's far too good for tv.
What frustrates me the most is the length of time I now must wait before I can view another new episode. The delay between season 4 and 5 was well over a year and it looks like we're in for a similar delay before season 6. Hell, Michelle will be walking before I see Tony again. Marron!
Go ahead and read it again, I'll pause for effect. Three years ago I was writing about how there was one season to go on The Sopranos. I jokingly stated that Michelle would be walking by the time this was settled. At the time, she wasn't even born yet. And walking? She's practically driving.
They managed to wait a couple of years to air this final season, and then they broke this season up so we're only finishing it this week. That's three whole years between season finales.
I've been thoroughly enjoying the series for years, but the waits were long, brutal and inhumane. After Sunday I'll never have to face another two year wait. Tony Soprano will either be wearing cement shoes, in the witness relocation program or laying low in Woodbridge. I'm done waiting. Three more sleeps...
The last couple of Thursday nights I've watched Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. NBC is burning off the final episodes of this cancelled show. I'm still watching, but I've been watching since the beginning.
Part of Studio 60's problem, other than that name I can never remember, is that it's overly dramatic to a point where everything seems so contrived. I now watch to joke with T about how overblown everything is. Suddenly, dude's on drugs, baby isn't kicking, ratings are falling, someone is suing someone or other and dude's brother is a hostage in Iraq.
I liked that pilot episode. I think I'm watching today because of that pilot episode. Watch this opening scene and you'll see what hooked me.
We were treated to another strong episode last night, which leaves us with two more in the series. I have no idea how this is going to end, but I'd bet it ends badly for Tony. I'll miss Tony, but not like I'll miss Peter Paul Gualtieri.
Peter Paul Gualtieri, or Paulie Walnuts as we know him, is my favourite character on The Sopranos. Ask Taryn how much I cherish every word he utters. That delivery, those words, that persona - it's perfect. It's a shame I only get to spend two more nights with the man, assuming he survives for the finale on June 10.
A fan put together a little "Best of Paulie Walnuts" video, which seems appropriate at this time. He's one hell of a good Waste Management Executive.
I recently wrote about the lack of action thus far in the final season of The Sopranos. I was giving episodes titles like "Tony Plays Monopoly" and "Tony Goes Fishing", because not much more happened.
I'm happy to report that something finally happened last night. There's only a few episodes left, so you had to figure something significant would occur sooner rather than later. I won't reveal the "something" that happened, but it happened early and I suspect something else will happen next Sunday.
The Sopranos is half way done their final season. It's the home stretch with but four episodes remaining. As a long time fan, I must say I've been disappointed thus far this season.
Everything that transpires seems to be a set-up or a red herring. There's little excitement, just build up to what better be one helluva final episode. The inactivity has gotten so bad, I give the episodes Dick and Jane type names after each airing.
These aren't really spoilers, but if you're sensitive about such things you might want to abort. There was "Tony Plays Monopoly", "Tony Watches a Movie", "Tony Goes Fishing" and last night's ep, "Tony Gambles on Sports and Loses". It's a whole lotta nothing from what used to be the best show on television.
There isn't much time. This had better end with a significant corpse, or two. I'm not a violent man, but if Tony, Christopher, Silvio and Paulie Walnuts are all breathing when this thing ends, I'm gonna be pissed.
Taryn and I have been watching this show called "This American Life" on TMN. It's a Showtime series based on the excellent radio show of the same name. If you've never heard the radio program before, do yourself a favour and download the most recent episode here. Each radio episode is a free MP3 for one week after its airing.
The television program is remarkably good. TMN has aired three episodes thus far, and each one has lingered with me well after the initial viewing. To steal a description from the TMN web site, "each episode will explore a single theme or topic through the unique juxtaposition of first-person storytelling and whimsical narrative, allowing for the show’s distinct and original voice."
I can't wait for the next episode. The only thing that pisses me off is that a program of this quality came out of the USA. Where's my "This Canadian Life"?