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Marc M. Woolman
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Posted: 11 June 2018 at 2:07am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Tony's Brazilian Mistress bearing
Tony's child????
I don't know what you're referring to.
Tony has no Brazilian Mistress nor
illegitimate child.
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Greg Kirkman
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Posted: 11 June 2018 at 9:41am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Shouldn’t have watched the episode so late, last night! 

I misheard the dialogue. I just double-checked a transcript, and it seems that Carmella was referring to a mutual friend’s Brazilian mistress getting knocked up, which is what prompts her to tell Tony to get a vasectomy. My initial, mistaken impression was that Carmella was implying there was a possibility that Tony had knocked up some off-camera mistress of his own.
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Greg Kirkman
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Posted: 23 June 2018 at 12:09am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

“Bust Out”.


Another great episode, with lots of emotional complexity. First and foremost, we see many facets of Tony Soprano as he interacts with people while under the stress of a potential prison sentence for Matt’s murder. He tries to bond with AJ, has a nice moment with Meadow, nearly gets into a full-on, physical fight with Carmella, and coldly admits to Davey that he let him into the card game so as to exploit and profit from his old friend’s business. 

The latter is pretty horrifying, since we see the effect that the situation has had on Davey. Watching him contemplate suicide in his basement with an unloaded gun manages to be simultaneously hilarious and pathetic. My favorite moment in the episode, however, is the sight of Uncle Junior—still under house arrest—lazily watching THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL. 

The big fight between Tony and Carmella is shocking, but not unexpected. It’s an immensely effective moment when the episode cuts to handheld/shaky-cam as the tension between them escalated into violence. Of course, Carmella had previously implored Tony to stop cheating in the previous episode, but here we have her flirting with (and kissing) Victor. It seems that her flirtation with Father Phil in season one was just a warm-up for her own adulterous behavior. Edie Falco really knocks this one out of the park, since we can clearly see so many of Carmella’s facets in this episode, too. Her vulnerability, her righteous anger, her charm, her motherly tendencies. 

The bookend scenes with the witness are comedy gold. The opening paints him as a ridiculous exaggeration of a proactive Good Citizen reporting on the Matt’s execution, whereas the climatic scene humorously tosses all of that out the window once his wife realizes that Tony Soprano is the primary suspect in the case. 

Definitely a lot of great moments and character bits in this episode. This one ran extra long—it’s an hour instead of the usual 45-ish minutes—but it went by at a good clip, and the extra time was not wasted with padding. Lots of good character development, here.
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Flavio Sapha
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Posted: 26 June 2018 at 3:26pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Man, I may have watched the whole series 5 or 6
times...with Greg doing this ep-by-ep thing, I may go back
once again!
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Flavio Sapha
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Posted: 26 June 2018 at 3:29pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

JB: It's interesting, to me, that some have compared this
show with GAME OF THRONES -- not in terms of content,

++++

There´s this clever Wisecrack video that points out that
both shows depict "interregnums", periods of chaos and
transition, due to a void of central power...

Link!
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Greg Kirkman
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Posted: 30 June 2018 at 12:17am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

“House Arrest”.


A highly-entertaining, low-key, “calm before the storm” episode. Lots of fun to be had from watching Tony deal with his self-imposed “house arrest”, while Junior deals with his literal one.

I’ve really developed an affection for Junior. Steals ever scene he’s in, and his extreme sarcasm and sailor’s mouth (juxtaposed with his giant glasses and friendly face) are comedy gold. In this episode alone, we see him having to deal with a stent, a CPAP machine, and getting his hand stuck in the kitchen sink. For six hours. Hilarious.

Meanwhile, Gandolfini ably portrays Tony’s boredom and frustration with having to—gasp!—actually spend some time managing his legitimate business. After not having even been in his own office for eight years. Hilarious. 

Nothing of major consequence happens in this episode, but I really appreciated the down time with the characters. Lots of fun and revealing little moments. In terms of character exploration, Dr. Melfi actually gets the most to do, since she’s still struggling with her growing alcoholism and her inability to drop Tony as a patient. 
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Greg Kirkman
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Posted: 08 July 2018 at 10:08pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

“The Knight In White Satin Armor”.


A great episode which has some big laughs mixed with important developments. 

It’s simultaneously funny and sad to see Big Pussy become gung-ho about working for the FBI...and then his stakeout of Christopher (...who plans to steal Pokémon cards!) ends in that horrific car accident which puts an innocent man into a coma. Yikes. 

Carmella’s increasing depression and paranoia over Tony’s infidelity is moving stuff, too. Edie Falco does a wonderful job of portraying her hard-as-nails exterior when in public, and her vulnerability when she’s alone. There’s also a big laugh when Vic Musto realizes that Carmella came to thank him for stopping their affair before it started, since he’s absolutely terrified of Tony Soprano, and wants nothing to do with his family. And, in addition to Irina name-dropping the episode’s title, and Janice wearing a satin wedding gown, Vic could also be considered Carmella’s hoped-for knight in white satin (paint) armor. A nice, subtle bit a thematic resonance, there.

Quite a twist to see Uncle Junior determine that Tony is better for his operation than Richie. The entire season has been building toward a civil war, or another attempt on Tony’s life, and seeing Junior suddenly take Tony’s side—If mainly for selfish reasons—is rather refreshing.

But, of course, the big moment in the episode is Janice’s murder of Richie. Unfortunately, I was accidentally spoiled regarding this twist, a few weeks back, despite my attempts to avoid spoilers as much as possible. So, it didn’t have as much impact as it would have. That said, it’s quite a shocking moment. One of the big laughs of the episode is when Janice says “He usually takes out the clip!” when referring to her creepy gun-sex roleplay with Richie. Of course, in retrospect, that was obviously a setup for this big twist. Quite a way to (literally) send Janice packing. 

Amazingly, Janice has solved two major problems (namely, herself and Richie) for Tony, and yet the use of “I Saved The World Today” over the closing credits serves as ironic juxtaposition when set against the continuing disintegration Tony and Carmella’s marriage.
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Marc M. Woolman
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Posted: 09 July 2018 at 12:09am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Janice is a great character! NOBODY can get on Tony's
nerves as well as she can! :)
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Trevor Krysak
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Posted: 09 July 2018 at 5:20am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

You're nearly up to the third season. Get ready for Ralphie. For fun count the number of Gladiator references. There are a lot of them.
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Greg Kirkman
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Posted: 10 July 2018 at 4:43pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

“Funhouse”.


A very gripping and memorable season finale. It lulls one into a false sense of security, since it initially gives the impression that it’s gonna be a “decompression” type of episode which depicts Tony’s inner life via his fever dreams. Nope!

The dream sequences themselves are properly surreal and well-done. Lots of neat little camera and sound design tricks. And, of course, Tony’s subconscious tells him what we’ve known for some time: Big Pussy has been flipped by the FBI. 

Unfortunately, I knew going in that Pussy wouldn’t survive the series. That tidbit filtered into my brain via the pop culture grapevine, some years ago. That being said, the whole sequence of events is masterfully executed, if you’ll pardon the phrase. Tony makes use of his illness to search Pussy’s bedroom, and things just go downhill from there. The whole sequence on the boat just builds and builds and builds tension. The fact that it’s on a boat allows for the use of handheld shaky-cam, which adds to the tension and uneasiness of the sequence. This is a plot thread that’s been waiting to be tied for quite some time, and it doesn’t disappoint. Pussy is a likable mobster, so his departure from the show is unfortunate. But, it feels properly earned.

Of course, immediately after Pussy’s murder, his “disinformation” causes the FBI to come knocking on Tony’s door, which is a wonderful bit of karma. The ending montage after Meadow’s graduation could be viewed as a sort of “triumph montage” for Tony, since things are going relatively well for him. That last shot of him, back to full health, cigar in hand, could be seen as an ascendant moment. But...there’s an emptiness and a sense of melancholy to the whole thing. Like it’s a hollow victory, since Tony, y’know, just murdered one of his best friends.

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Greg Kirkman
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Posted: 05 August 2018 at 10:04pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

“Mr. Ruggerio’s Neighborhood”.


The third season starts off with a bang, and it’s a hilarious one. This episode is relatively light on the drama, and big on the laughs. The FBI’s efforts to bug the Soprano home (The Sausage Factory!) in the aftermath of Pussy’s death are full-to-bursting with gags. My favorites would be the use of the PETER GUNN theme, the Feds rolling back the videotape to examine the condition of Tony’s water heater, and the agent staking out Carmella (Mrs. Bing!) being far, far more interested in Adriana and her amorous tennis instructor.

The B-story here is Tony (Papa Bing!) dealing with Patsy’s likely knowledge that Tony ordered his brother’s murder. Great moment when the A- and B-stories briefly collide, as the Feds watching the Soprano house catch sight of Patsy’s half-hearted assassination attempt on Tony, his half-hearted suicidal gesture, and his whole-hearted unirnation in Tony’s pool. 

Meanwhile, AJ (Baby Bing!) continues to rebel, and I immediately got the vibe that Meadow’s (Princess Bing!) roommate is bipolar, which will probably go somewere. Guess we’ll see.

A wonderfully fun and clever episode, with the ironic ending—the FBI’s determined efforts yielding a recording of a boring conversation between Tony and Carmella about roughage and floss—serving as the icing on the cake. 

I’m delighted to see that the show has resisted the temptation to go all-dark, and retains the sly sense of humor that has so endeared it to me!
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Marc M. Woolman
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Posted: 06 August 2018 at 2:41pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

This is the one series that gets
better with every season.
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