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s4 ending
Furio just left for good I guess and I'm super bummed. :( But at least he didn't get clipped...

Wtf at Ralph's death lol. Did Joey Pants just want out?
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i don't think so. his arc was always building towards that conclusion anyway. shame tho because he was great in every scene he was in.

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I suppose but the same-episode "OH MY POOR SON!!!!" subplot out of nowhere, which directly leads to that later in the *same* episode, felt really last-minute from my perspective.

I'm not sure where they could have went with Ralph, but I was never sure of where they were going with him since his character was introduced anyways. He just kinda showed up at the start of s2 "Hey guys I'm here!" then dicked around with various subplots until "the big one" (Johnny Sack), then randomly gets clipped for debatably no reason smack in the middle of s4, with little lasting consequence for the rest of the season. "Oh I guess he died. Moving on..."

Like I already said, he's one of my fave chars, so that's clouding my judgment admittedly, but from a writing perspective it feels more "I need a way off this show, guys" than "This is something we've been meticulously building towards since Ralph's intro."
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i feel like a lot of storylines end up being resolved too quickly. the way the show is written feels very meticulous so i'm not sure if the conclusions feeling rushed is because they are, or because they're presented so undramatically.
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Started watching this. Just wanted to :clap for HBO making their series' so damn short per season. Been watching lots of long ass tv shows like Batman TAS which has like 40 eps for the first season alone (granted they're 24 minutes long but still). I hate these 26 ep seasons with one hour long episodes like Star Trek. Too much show. I figure I'll be able to finish Soprano's in a few weeks.

I haven't watched HBO religiously in years. What are the best HBO tv series in general and in the past oh say, ten years besides The Wire, Rome, and Oz?
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Six Feet Under, Deadwood and Curb if you never got around to it.

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Oh, right. I like Curb. Have to catch up.
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This show is so good. :lawd And it's not even like, the big memorable scenes. It's the "forgettable" ones.

Because even those "forgettable" scenes (relative to the series) are still expertly crafted to a, frankly, insane level of precision.

How is Gandolfini as good in the little moments as he is in the big ones? Same question to the writers.

I slept on this show a little too long.

Yea, Gandolfini is one of a kind. Heís the glue that holds it all together.


Also, in the moment, lots of fans turned on the show for how they handled Furio. He couldíve been an all-time bit character but they just let him drift away.

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Started watching this. Just wanted to :clap for HBO making their series' so damn short per season. Been watching lots of long ass tv shows like Batman TAS which has like 40 eps for the first season alone (granted they're 24 minutes long but still). I hate these 26 ep seasons with one hour long episodes like Star Trek. Too much show. I figure I'll be able to finish Soprano's in a few weeks.

I haven't watched HBO religiously in years. What are the best HBO tv series in general and in the past oh say, ten years besides The Wire, Rome, and Oz?


The era of 22-24 episode seasons of hour long dramas  :lawd




















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lol any show with over 6 episodes per series in this era of content tends to feel long in the tooth and padded to fuck in the middle (looking at you netflix) :trumps

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This show is incredible.
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After watching a lot of The Soprano's I have an Italian new York accent because my autism is capable of copying accents of people I find interesting. I'm from Houston and people think I'm from New York because I got my accent from listening to New York hip hop. Now I'm going to get more questions lmao
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Please start speaking like Paulie 24/7 in real life

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Yoo tawkin ta me?
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How do you say 'whore'

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Best parts of The Sopranos


Tony's sleep apnea breathing 24/7

Paulie's anecdotes

Whenever Sil would get fed up and flip his shit

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Show does a great job making you sympathize for Tony and then having the realization that he's a massive piece of shit fall on you like a ton of bricks.

edit: and then thirty minutes later it makes you sympathize with him again. Jesus Christ this show is a rollercoaster of emotion.
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I don't think most people get the ton of bricks feeling though. In the same way people don't get that feeling from Breaking Bad and instead identity with Walt and want him to win.


Tony is a piece of shit and constantly does terrible shit, however so does almost literally everyone else on the show and especially in his world, people are often even worse.

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rooting for people on the show tho? to me it's like watching american psycho or something; a character study of a group of god-awful people living out their day-to-day lives.
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Oh yeah people definitely rooted for Tony and I think often Silvio and Paulie because of how entertaining they were

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I don't think most people get the ton of bricks feeling though. In the same way people don't get that feeling from Breaking Bad and instead identity with Walt and want him to win.


Tony is a piece of shit and constantly does terrible shit, however so does almost literally everyone else on the show and especially in his world, people are often even worse.

Yeah I was never one of those people with Walt. Sopranos does the formula way better. The therapy sessions go a great length to humanize Tony and make you fall in love with him. And then you see what he's really capable of and you're like,"oh." It's wonderful juxtaposition that Breaking Bad could only dream of.

BB is a slow burn. Soprano's says "this man is unholy" by the end of the first season.
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S1 review:

Fantastic character study show. Can't wait to see where it goes next. I'm fascinated in where all the characters end up.

Best episode: Isabella
Worst episode: A Hit is a Hit
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The show is one of the best to rewatch.

Also, fucking hilarious too. The Sopranos is a really good dark comedy. In fact, IIRC it was originally pitched as one to the major networks before going to HBO.

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I loved the final scene of s1. It truly felt like all of those people were stuck in limbo together. Even when they want to get away from each other, they can't. Utterly tragic. And the kids are roped in as well!
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Season 2 so far is meh.  Introduces too many characters.
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Christopher is turning into the most fascinating character. What the fuck.
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Fuck Tony

Re: ruining Meadow's concert

Fuck his sister too. Hope she gets whacked.
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Janice :rage

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She needs ta die
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Holy fuck. Just when I think s2 is inferior in every way to s1 and outright sucks they pull me back in!
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sopranos has no bad seasons
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It was hard to see where the season was going.felt all over the place.
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Season 2 review:

Meh. A big theme in the season is that life is pointless. This is an accurate theme to describe this season: pointless. It reiterates too many storylines from season 1. Pussy being traitor, Christopher's existentialism and sense of place, Lucia being a bitch, Junior and Tony fighting for power. Big things happen like Christopher getting shot ultimately becomes nothing. Dude has a chance to actually reflect and literally disappears for half the season after. Dog shit writing. Things happen to the characters and nothing indicates a change or attempt to change. And while you can say "eh they're shitty people" this makes the show have zero conflict. So far in both seasons there's someone trying to usurp Tony's power. The whole Richie thing wasn't that interesting. Compare with the Wire and each characters conflict. Many, by the end of season 2, question why they're in this from Dee all the way down to the guys on the docks and even the cops. A major problem with Soprano's is that it has a main character. Thus, we know nothing major will happen to him. He's basically bullet proof by the plot so storylines like Richie feel pointless. Most every episode in this season besides a few felt like filler. Of the storylines only the FBI, Carmela, the therapist and a few others have any sense of weight and meaning. Carmela is the most developed character by far and at this point the most captivating. Interesting characters like AJ and Meadow and their relationship with Tony are barely capitalized on and they rarely show up in the show despite being called The Soprano's.

Mediocre sophomore season. I rate it a C.

Best episode: Funhouse
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I wonít spoil anything, but donít expect the following seasons to be as tightly plotted as that first one. Once Chase got the confidence that the show was going to stick he really starts fucking around with audience expectations and televisionís norms in regards to storytelling.

I have more opinions on the topic, but I donít want to influence your mindset.

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I started season 3 and more bullshit.

Watching this now just makes me want to rewatch The Wire instead.
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:dunno I thought s2 was pretty good and didn't notice much dropoff. I have a minor disappointment with one character's storyline but for me personally it's hard to know if (as TA said) that's Chase subverting expectations or a legit criticism, still deciding.

Season 3 starts a bit slow but ramps up and I really loved it. Some amazing one-offs IMO.
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Re: It's that time again, time to rewatch The Sopranos for the 50th time
« Reply #100 on: July 10, 2020, 08:22:18 PM »

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Re: It's that time again, time to rewatch The Sopranos for the 50th time
« Reply #101 on: July 11, 2020, 10:30:39 PM »
Midway through s5 and I've come back around after mid-s4 kinda lost me a little.

Every episode is basically a movie. If I really squinted during the first three seasons I could see a sub-Hollywood budget, but that line has disappeared in the last two seasons. I'm not an expert in camera lenses (yet) but I feel like they're the biggest (only?) giveaway of the series' "TV-ness." And even then, as soon as s4 started I noticed a big step up there -- the "look" of the series shifted slightly, got a bit more contrasty with some nicer bokeh on closeups. Smoother and longer camera movements too.

Anyways couldn't help but gush about the production as I've been making various mental notes until now. :P
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Re: It's that time again, time to rewatch The Sopranos for the 50th time
« Reply #102 on: July 11, 2020, 10:31:55 PM »
My only thing is I hate when a character becomes really likeable because I feel like no one on this show is gonna have a happy ending (maybe the kids?), but that's also great because it creates this constant tension about characters you care about. Uggh I hate it lol.
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Re: It's that time again, time to rewatch The Sopranos for the 50th time
« Reply #103 on: July 14, 2020, 08:00:27 AM »
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Re: It's that time again, time to rewatch The Sopranos for the 50th time
« Reply #104 on: July 14, 2020, 08:05:24 AM »
Would watch an edit where every gun is replaced with pew pew scifi shooters.
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Re: It's that time again, time to rewatch The Sopranos for the 50th time
« Reply #105 on: July 14, 2020, 10:14:37 AM »
If I had to rank Sopranos seasons

3 = 5 > 4 > 6 > 2 > 1

1 being like an 8/10, and 3/5 being pretty much perfect.
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Re: It's that time again, time to rewatch The Sopranos for the 50th time
« Reply #107 on: July 14, 2020, 10:18:02 AM »
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Re: It's that time again, time to rewatch The Sopranos for the 50th time
« Reply #108 on: July 14, 2020, 11:17:18 AM »
If I had to rank Sopranos seasons

3 = 5 > 4 > 6 > 2 > 1

1 being like an 8/10, and 3/5 being pretty much perfect.

I dont hate 3 at all, but it's easily the lowest on my ranking. Surprised you rate it that highly. It does get very good towards the end though, mostly the many first episodes I am not a fan of.

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Re: It's that time again, time to rewatch The Sopranos for the 50th time
« Reply #109 on: July 22, 2020, 11:44:26 PM »
Last few episodes of s5 :o
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Re: It's that time again, time to rewatch The Sopranos for the 50th time
« Reply #110 on: August 15, 2020, 11:26:16 PM »
Season 3 is great and much better than the waste of a season in 2. Things actually happen!
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Re: It's that time again, time to rewatch The Sopranos for the 50th time
« Reply #111 on: August 18, 2020, 10:05:24 PM »
Season 3 owned and fuck Ralphie
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Re: It's that time again, time to rewatch The Sopranos for the 50th time
« Reply #112 on: August 21, 2020, 10:53:01 AM »
Season 4 is great too.

Seems season 2 is the only stinker around here.
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Re: It's that time again, time to rewatch The Sopranos for the 50th time
« Reply #113 on: August 21, 2020, 03:09:33 PM »
Season 4 :bow

This isn't even the best ep of the season and yet it's such good tv.

https://tv.avclub.com/the-sopranos-watching-too-much-television-1798168230
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Re: It's that time again, time to rewatch The Sopranos for the 50th time
« Reply #114 on: August 21, 2020, 08:19:50 PM »
season 4 lights a fire on every single characters ass and turns it up bit by bit every episode.

Masterful shit.

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Re: It's that time again, time to rewatch The Sopranos for the 50th time
« Reply #115 on: January 04, 2021, 01:54:34 PM »
Rewatching the sopranos  :nope
Watching the Turkish adaptation of the sopranos  :ohyeah

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Re: It's that time again, time to rewatch The Sopranos for the 50th time
« Reply #116 on: January 04, 2021, 01:55:17 PM »
:lol
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Re: It's that time again, time to rewatch The Sopranos for the 50th time
« Reply #117 on: January 12, 2021, 12:55:18 PM »
Finished the series and what a show. Might be the only show I think is on par with The Wire. Whereas the Wire tackles social ills and systems, The Sopranos is analysis of the human soul and spirit. A+ shit. Whoever says the show hasn't aged well is a dumb dumb. What's incredible is how the show gets better through the seasons. At first I thought it a good show, but I truly think season 5 is when all the plots start to unravel as the true depth of the series reveals itself. What a show. I was utterly addicted through the end. I think it might have more lasting power than The Wire even, at least in the form of rewatchability. I can't wait to watch it for the second or even third time. GOAT tier shit.
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Re: It's that time again, time to rewatch The Sopranos for the 50th time
« Reply #118 on: January 12, 2021, 01:13:43 PM »
Maybe I should watch The Wire now :lawd
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Re: It's that time again, time to rewatch The Sopranos for the 50th time
« Reply #119 on: January 12, 2021, 03:48:49 PM »
I don't think I said The Sopranos didn't age well, I think I said it was starting to show it's age (which is normal, the pilot is from 1997, season 1 is 20 years old) the last time I watched and I didn't think I wanted to go back to it again to leave the memories alone.