- I'm dropping HBO as planned tomorrow morning
- During the last (I can't even call it a show), I thought about buying the disc sets, but not now.
- I didn't mind Tony making peace with people including helping Bobby's kids, seeing Uncle Junior, Little Steven, Anthony Jr because I expected that
- However, besides Phil getting whacked the rest of the episode was pretty boring
- Heck, I wouldn't have minded the ending IF THE REST OF THE EPISODE WAS DECENT
But that ending was terrible. Leave it up to the viewer to decide? Come on. That was lame. I paused the show about 53 minutes into it and said to my wife, nothing can happen because he doesn't have enough time. 10 or so minutes of a setup for nothing...what a waste.
I have a much more detailed thought to describe what this ending was like but I can't go into it because some day my kids will read this blog. However, let's just say it involves something ending WAY before you planned it to while in the bedroom...
Look David Chase, we didn't need you to leave it up to us to figure out our own ending. That's not what we pay you for (yes via HBO). We want to be entertained by a professional. Probably the only thing good about this is The Sopranos can now live forever in user generated content and video. BA DA BING.
Sure some people will say it is brilliant and say he got what he wanted, people talking about it. (BTW - you can read Sepinwall's column and at 12AM 17 out of the top 20 Hottest Trends on Google were for The Sopranos) And, they'll also tell you, that's what David Chase does. Perhaps now that Chase and Company have left it up to the viewer, it can spawn all sorts of endings from Sopranos fans. Good luck HBO you were a good thing, but now we're........(see PS Below)
BTW: I dropped HBO this morning via DirecTV. It was fast and painless and completely automated. I wonder how many other people dropped it today?
PS: More updates from the Sopranos message board over at NJO.com. Besides angry people like myself, there seems to be three schools of thought on the end scene:
- Tony Gets Shot: Here's the theory. Perception changes to Tony. The restaurant is loaded with enemies of Tony. Meadow's face when she walks in is upsetting because she sees Tony getting whacked by Phil's loyalists in the restaurant . Final proof is Tony and Bobby talking on the boat and Bobby says you never see it coming.
- Tony Lives but in Fear: The guys in the room are representative of Tony being nervous the rest of his always looking for the hit that may come.
- DVD Sales: DVD allows you to fill in the blank for one of four endings. If this happens this is the ultimate example of David Chase selling out!!
Anyway, still upset with anything but #2 above. I don't go with #1 because there seems to be WAY TOO MANY enemies in the NJ restaurant to coordinate that hit and Tony made peace with NY. Sure Phil's relatives would be upset, but who are they working for? Finally, this from a post from NJFan26:
This morning I heard an interview with Frank Vincent, the guy who plays Phil. He said that the last scene was meant to symbolize that Tony would have to live the rest of his life being paranoid about who is walking in the door whether it is the FBI, a hit, or just anyone coming to take him away our take him out. That is his ultimate punishment. He can never relax without having to look over his shoulder.
Is David Chase brilliant and was the show over all these seasons brilliant? Yes and Yes. I still don't like the ending unless it was #2. Oh well.
Some more final thoughts for you folks that subscribe to #1. I replayed the ending on TiVo:
- You don't see Meadow's face near the door. The last time you see her is running from her car with a very normal reaction
- The Man in Member's Only Jacket as he is credited is Paolo Colandrea who was just picked for this episode and he's not saying what his role was
- And finally that is NOT Janice who walks into the restaurant