For no other reason other than I feel like it, I'm going to start sharing the opening theme songs from shows I used to watch. This will likely be a little heavy on nostalgia and therefore full of 80s sitcoms.
We'll start with Growing Pains, a show I used to watch. It starred Canadian Alan Thicke and Jesus freak Kirk Cameron. It's still one helluva good theme song.
It's funny, but I find I drop at least one Degrassi Junior High reference every week. Lately, it's been a great deal more frequent with thoughts of purchasing a Joey Jerimiah hat and changing the name of our ball team to The Zit Remedy. Then, there was my retelling of near fight over Shane. Degrassi Junior High remains a key part of my day to day thoughts and speech.
I've written about Degrassi before. I loved that damn show. The principle characters were my age so we sort of went through primary school together. When they went to Degrassi High, I went to Michael Power. I rooted for Joey, watched Wheels self destruct, saw Snake deal with his gay brother and Spike get knocked up by the aforementioned Shane. These were my peeps, and I miss them.
I had found peace with The Sopranos finale. I had closure. Tony and his family would live on without me, and I was okay with that. Now, I'm wondering if Tony in fact perished in the finale.
Web sites like this are popping up all over the place. There's a growing belief that it wasn't the lady Tony saw before it all went black, but the beast who would take his life. Many suspect it was the guy wearing the "Members Only" jacket. He went in the bathroom before Meadow entered, and we all know what happens when shifty looking characters come out of the bathroom. The biggest clue, in my opinion, is the flashback to Tony's discussion with Bobby Bacala. "You probably don't even hear it when it happens," Bobby said.
I don't think TV is evil. That doesn't mean we let James park himself in front of the boob tube for hours at a time, but I'm very cool with him watching a little tv at night before bedtime.
I've been working with James to get him into shows I can watch with him. I simply can't do the Treehouse thing anymore, and James is five now and ready for older fare. Teletoon is our saving grace in this regard and there is where we found a show that keeps us both riveted.
It's called The Ripping Friends, and I instantly recognized the animation as that of John Kricfalusi, creator of my old favourite Ren and Stimpy. The next thing I noticed was that the voice of Crag belongs to none other than Mark Dailey of Citytv. When I watched Porky's on Citytv in the late 80s, it was Mark Dailey who narrated the bumpers and reminded me I was watching late great movies on Citytv. It's a local production, even the new generation Degrassi girl Miriam McDonald does voices.
The Ripping Friends give James and I a chance to chill together before bedtime and I have only John K. to thank.
I intentionally waited a couple of days before writing this entry. Immediately following The Sopranos series finale on Sunday night I posted this entry which featured the song that played during the pivotal closing scene. In the comments, there was a discussion about the episode and I revealed some of my thoughts. Two days removed, I'm ready to go on the record.
Anger When the episode cut to black suddenly, with Meadow walking in the door and the word "stop" heard in Jorney's "Don't Stop Believin'", I was ready for the credits to roll, but I wasn't happy about it. I was angry at David Chase, royally ticked that he would do this to us. There was no resolution, no closure, no sense of finality. It was total SNAFU and it will all continue to unravel, only I won't be able to watch. I was disappointed.
Acceptance About twenty minutes later, I started to come around. To quote a comment I left on that entry at 10:17, "It's not what I was looking for, but it's probably what I needed." Part of what I liked about the Sopranos was that it didn't do things just to do things. It's a well acted, well written show and very difficult to predict. I never knew where we were headed, and I could accept that I'd never know.
Beauty Two days later, I love the ending. I intend to watch that episode again in its entirety and I'll probably watch that closing scene a half dozen times on demand. Every shifty looking character in that diner had me on the edge of my seat. Every time Meadow hit the curb parking her car, my heart rate increased. This series had me riveted and that final scene was no different. The fact nothing happened is brilliant. Tony never paid for his chosen lifestyle. My boy Paulie Walnuts is still kicking. It is what it is, and why should it be anything else?
I've read theories as to what really happened in that diner. Some claim it's the Lady or the Tiger conclusion. Did Tony look up because he saw Meadow or did he see his killer? I have no doubt he saw Meadow. Tony, his wife and his two children were united for a typical family dinner out. Paulie Walnuts is probably breaking someone's gonads right now. I'm just sorry I can't hear the crack.
The Sopranos, it turns out, was never about mobsters and violence and organized crime. That's the family business, but this show was about Tony and his family. Tony's prime concern was keeping his family together and safe and at the end they're in tact and unified, for better or for worse. Perhaps that is closure...
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...