Active Topics | Member List | Search | Help | Register | Login
TV
Byrne Robotics > TV << Prev Page of 11 Next >>
Topic: Meeting THE SOPRANOS Post ReplyPost New Topic
Author
Message
Marc M. Woolman
Byrne Robotics Member
Avatar

Joined: 17 April 2008
Location: Canada
Posts: 2028
Posted: 20 March 2018 at 1:07am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Lol, the series doesn't stay so
"90's".There was a long battle played out
between the producers and James
Gandolfini, over salary, that delayed one
of the seasons for a very long time.

The series' last season is 2006/2007 so
Blu-ray, Plasma & LCD TVs,etc. start to be
referenced. (Though I think the show ended
just before the Android/Apple smartphones
exploded.

Edited by Marc M. Woolman on 20 March 2018 at 1:08am
Back to Top profile | search
 
Greg Kirkman
Byrne Robotics Member
Avatar

Joined: 12 May 2006
Location: United States
Posts: 15621
Posted: 22 March 2018 at 7:03pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

“The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti”.


A very fun episode, as all of the mobsters, fearing indictment, begin “spring cleaning”. The sight of Tony casually taking money, handguns, and Uzi, and a shotgun out of a ceiling vent is hysterical, as his his hiding those items in Livia’s closet.

We get a look at Dr. Melfi’s family life, and the growing strain in her relationship with Tony, as he takes out his frustrations on her. I’ve lost count of how many times Tony’s stormed out of her office in anger, at this point.

The best and funniest subplot would be Christopher’s continued obsession with making a name for himself, be through writing a screenplay or becoming a made man. Of course, he’s totally sloppy and loud (shooting a bakery clerk out of sheer impatience, digging up Emil’s body out of paranoia) when he should be keeping a low profile. It’s incredibly telling that he’s absolutely thrilled to see his name in the newspaper in a list of suspects being investigated by the FBI.

And we have Livia deliberately telling Junior that Tony’s seeing a therapist, which, of course, would be a potential liability for the Family. The implicit danger of Tony speaking to a shrink has been there since the pilot (since even the appearance of ratting or talking about things to be kept within the Family), so this development isn’t too shocking.
Back to Top profile | search e-mail
 
Greg Kirkman
Byrne Robotics Member
Avatar

Joined: 12 May 2006
Location: United States
Posts: 15621
Posted: 22 March 2018 at 10:25pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

“Boca”.


An episode which starts out as absurd, then gets pretty dark and emotional. Absurd because the main stories are almost laughable. Junior, being an old school Mafioso, is reluctant to let anyone know about his talent regarding Bonnie’s...er...boca...since it would be deemed a sign of weakness. Tony clearly feels the same way, and both men reveal their know about each other’s theoretical weaknesses (Tony’s being the therapy, of course) on the golf course.

The other plot is ridiculous, at first. Monsters trying to bribe/intimidate a soccer coach into not taking another job? This isn’t exactly high-stakes stuff. Then comes the reveal that Coach Hauser is a pedophile, and things get dark. Tony only reluctantly calls off a hit on the man at Artie’s request, then mixes prescription drugs and alcohol before making a spectacle of himself in front of his wife and daughter. 

As Dr. Melfi notes, Tony does seem to have a drive to “fix” things around him, no doubt stemming from feelings of not being in control of his life. And, of course, there’s a cold war brewing with Junior, who seems more and more willing to murder Tony, in part because of Livia whispering in his ear.


A very enjoyable episode. Hard to believe there are only a few more to go in this first season!
Back to Top profile | search e-mail
 
Vinny Valenti
Byrne Robotics Member
Avatar

Joined: 17 April 2004
Location: United States
Posts: 6593
Posted: 23 March 2018 at 11:00am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

"shooting a bakery clerk out of sheer impatience"

---

Dunno if you know, but that's a bit of a callback to his role in Goodfellas, getting shot in the foot.

"It happens."
Back to Top profile | search
 
Greg Kirkman
Byrne Robotics Member
Avatar

Joined: 12 May 2006
Location: United States
Posts: 15621
Posted: 23 March 2018 at 1:15pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

I haven’t seen GOODFELLAS in many, many years, but I did read about that bit of trivia after I watched the episode. Michael Imperioli is a joy to watch on this show.


And, aside from obviously being influenced by THE GODFATHER films, the in-universe characters of THE SOPRANOS constantly make references to those films, to the point of saying, “Y’know, like in II” and the like. They don’t even need to name the films. Just the numbers!
Back to Top profile | search e-mail
 
Marc M. Woolman
Byrne Robotics Member
Avatar

Joined: 17 April 2008
Location: Canada
Posts: 2028
Posted: 24 March 2018 at 4:41am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Boca is such a fun episode! "Sports
parents" and the
rules/beliefs/superstitions that the
wisebgu6s have. They're like school girls,
lol.
Back to Top profile | search
 
Greg Kirkman
Byrne Robotics Member
Avatar

Joined: 12 May 2006
Location: United States
Posts: 15621
Posted: 24 March 2018 at 5:12pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

“A Hit is a Hit”.


A fun episode, one which really shows Drea de Matteo coming to prominence. There’s also the culture clash of Italian, Jewish, and a lack mobsters coming together when Massive Genius insists on reparations from Hesh. Lots of fun moments from Christopher as he and Adriana try and break into the music scene. His insistence that Richie take drugs to improve his music, which escalates to hitting Richie with his own guitar is comedy gold. 

Meanwhile, Tony is facing a culture clash of his own, as he gets chumming with Cusamano’s buddies on the golf course, and is treated as something of a Mafia curiosity. Less obviously awkward is Dr. Melfi’s dinner with the Cusamanos, where she actually seems to take offense to,all of the Mafia jokes being thrown around at the table. And then there’s the moment where she goes to the bathroom to peek at the Soprano house. Hmm.

Back to Top profile | search e-mail
 
Greg Kirkman
Byrne Robotics Member
Avatar

Joined: 12 May 2006
Location: United States
Posts: 15621
Posted: 28 March 2018 at 11:49pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

“Nobody Knows Anything”.


A great episode which keeps numerous plot threads chugging along, provides some good laughs, and generates a very interesting dilemma for Tony. The opening sequence is wonderfully absurd, and we finally see Big Pussy get some story attention, as he becomes a potential traitor. 

Of course, the traitor ends up being Jimmy (or does he?), but the whole experience certainly puts Tony even more on edge, as does Makazian’s suicide. Tony is clearly shaken when he learns that the man had anxiety and depression not too unlike his own. Loyalty and the old code of mobster ethics are the principles Tony Soprano lives by, as is illustrated by his assertion to Meadow that their home is “1954”. All of the forces conspiring against him within his own Family—some without his knowledge—are an obvious source of stress. 

Carmella telling it like it is to Livia is a great scene, and Junior finally putting a hit out on Tony is clearly the catalyst for what will come in the season-ending episodes. 

And the scene of Paulie taking Pussy to the sauna and insisting that he undress—hoping to confirm whether or not Pussy is wearing a wire—is hilarious.
Back to Top profile | search e-mail
 
Greg Kirkman
Byrne Robotics Member
Avatar

Joined: 12 May 2006
Location: United States
Posts: 15621
Posted: 08 April 2018 at 4:59pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

“Isabella”.


A great episode which sets up the season finale really well. Lots of laughs in this one, too, particularly Tony’s depression, Christopher accidentally stopping the first attempt on Tony’s life, and the awkward Soprano family dinner. In stark contrast, the second attempt in Tony’s life is quite shocking and tense, although the hitmen themselves are pretty blatantly incompetent.

We also have the tense first meeting (sort of) between Dr. Melfi and Carmella, and it’s obvious that Melfi has all but admitted to herself that her life is in danger. Meanwhile, Livia continues her usual act of pretending to be downtrodden and/or senile as a cover for her plans, and Uncle Junior has a some very funny reactions in this episode to Livia, the hitmen, and Tony’s crew reacting to the his arrival at the Soprano home.

Of course, the through-line of the episode is Tony’s budding relationship with Isabella. I had a feeling that she’d turn out to be a lithium-induced hallucination, since it makes perfect sense. In the throes of depression, Tony’s imagines a perfect woman, a nurturing Madonna figure who would make up for the definiciencies of his domineering mother and nagging wife. 

The end of the episode sees Tony basically getting his mojo back after the assassination attempt, and I’m very eager to see how things play out. Now that I’ve finished my rewatch of STAR TREK: TNG (aside from the movies), I can finally turn my attention to THE SOPRANOS. Yay!
Back to Top profile | search e-mail
 
Greg Kirkman
Byrne Robotics Member
Avatar

Joined: 12 May 2006
Location: United States
Posts: 15621
Posted: 16 April 2018 at 12:29am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

“I Dream of Jeannie Cusamano”.


An immensely satisfying first-season finale which ties up numerous running plot lines while also setting the stage for the second season. Lots of big laughs in this one, too. My favorite bits would be Artie confronting Tony with a hunting rifle, Paulie touching poison ivy during the Hilton Mikey Palmice, and Tony calmly telling Dr. Melfi that she’s been a good doctor to him after revealing that he life is in danger and she needs to go on the lam. We also reach a tipping point in the Tony/Melfi relationship, as he initially physically attacks her for daring to suggest that Livia was behind the attempt on his life, then comes back demurely to earn her that she’s in danger. Lorraine Bracco really shines, here, as Melfi goes from hiding a pair of scissors in her sleeve for self-defense to unprofessionally cursing out loud as Tony explains that she needs to go on the lam.

It’s very satisfying whe Tony finally sees though Livia’s constant smokescreen of senility (and now a faked stroke), and realize that she was indeed responsible for the attempt on his life. We also have the end(?) of the flirtation between Father Phil and the long-suffering Carmella. Perhaps most interesting of all is Junior being arrested and offered a deal if he fingers Tony as the de facto head of the Soprano Family...and turning it down out of ego and spite. 

I’ve greatly enjoyed this first season, and am eager to begin the second. As noted when I started watching, I had no idea just how friggin’ hilarious this show is. It manages a perfect balance between humor and drama. The humor can be truly absurdist, at times (which is right up my alley), but it never quite feels over the top, somehow. Love the tone and the style of it.
Back to Top profile | search e-mail
 
Greg Kirkman
Byrne Robotics Member
Avatar

Joined: 12 May 2006
Location: United States
Posts: 15621
Posted: 22 April 2018 at 10:04pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

“Guy Walks Into a Psychatrist’s Office...”


We hit the ground running in the second season premier with an amazing opening montage (set to “It Was a Very Good Year”) that catches us up with what everyone has been up to. Tony’s relationships are strained across the board, and his self-medicating isn’t helping. We also get a big expansion of the family in this episode, with the introduction of Carmella’s parent’s Tony’s hippie-moocher sister, Janice, and his more level-headed sister, Barbara. 

Some very funny moments in this one, especially with Christopher’s thugs providing some education in the finer points of stock-brokering, and Dr. Melfi running her practice out of a hotel room. Her unexpected reunion with Tony is a strong and well-earned scene, and her distress over the suicide of a patient because of her involvement with Tony underscores the collateral damage that his criminal activities result in. Tony’s failed attempt to find a new therapist is also quite funny.

And, even with Big Pussy finally back on the scene, there’s still an undercurrent of tension between Tony and his men. To say nothing of the fact that Tony has one of his men executed for spreading (correct) rumors that Tony intended to murder his own mother. Yikes. 

A satisfying kick-off to the season which builds on what’s come before while also laying lots of foundation for what’s to come.
Back to Top profile | search e-mail
 
Marc M. Woolman
Byrne Robotics Member
Avatar

Joined: 17 April 2008
Location: Canada
Posts: 2028
Posted: 23 April 2018 at 1:42am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

I loved that the season one finale
establishes that Tony's wife, Carmella,
will succinctly and perfectly call someone
out on their bullshit.
This quality if her's is always enjoyable
when it pops up.

I know Junior's response to the Feds
offering him a deal smacked of pride and
ego, but I think that was for show. Uncle
Junior is old school, he's no rat and he'd
never take a deal.

Season 2 introduces 2 of my favourite
characters of the series, Tony's crazy,
scheming sister Janice, and Bobby Baccala.

While it's clear that Tony's mother was
certainly in on the decision to kill Tony,
it's also quite clear that her dementia is
real.
Back to Top profile | search
 

<< Prev Page of 11 Next >>
  Post ReplyPost New Topic
Printable version Printable version

Forum Jump
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot create polls in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum

 Active Topics | Member List | Search | Help | Register | Login