The Sopranos

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Never watched it when it came out and slowly catching up, while carefully avoiding the error of binge-watching.

I once said I'd never pay for content, but it really isn't all that expensive.
A helluva lot cheaper than I would have spent on travel if travel were feasible these days. :pound_head:

Analysis after first three episodes:
What a breath of moral sanity after arguing politics on the internet. :BigGrin3:
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It was pretty good
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Like Breaking Bad, you actually feel for the villain of the story
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It's quite good. He is an antihero, which is different from a villain. Villains typically have no redeeming qualities at all, and the only thing the audience is supposed to feel for them is fear and loathing. An antihero is someone who does objectively bad things, but who you are also supposed to like and feel sympathy with.

I'm jealous that you're watching it for the first time with fresh eyes. One of my favorite TV series.
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If he's a former Mafia boss, that means he's a rat fink, right? :evil:
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Making a villain into an antihero is a good trick
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Classic Sopranos dialogue:

Tony Junior (rebellious teenager) says God is dead.

Tony Soprano: You'll have to kiss His ass anyway. :)
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Tony Junior - Fuck you dad, I will murder you in your sleep
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There was one scene, Tony at dinner with his family as I recollect.

He went into an expletive laden tirade about something. All the family members looks suitably intimidated.

Except this one cute little girl she was sitting there laughing. They must have prepped her, probably Tony himself .. "sweetie .. this is an act, don't be scared etc etc.

Pretty funny. lated a second .
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OK I've watched them all in the correct order now.

I vaguely recall people complaining about the way they ended it without recalling what exactly the problem was.
Personally, considering it had to end, I think they did it just right.

In the last scene it just cuts off (as in all the episodes). No denouement or final episode vibe.
Considering it's a soap opera / slice of life (that happens to be about a mobster and those around him) that is exactly right.

The final cut off is not a major plot cliffhanger.
A rival boss is whacked in the last episode. But that has happened a few times before. Not a major climax like the original The Godfather.
It ends on a up note in the life of the primary character and his immediate family.
A few loose ends not tied up (because in real life they never are).
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I understand there is/was a spin-off in the works called Newark to be released 9/20 but I can't find anything for it. Presumably Tony's son Anthony all grown up and made. donno.

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Rob Lister wrote: Wed Nov 25, 2020 9:52 pm I understand there is/was a spin-off in the works called Newark to be released 9/20 but I can't find anything for it. Presumably Tony's son Anthony all grown up and made. donno.
Huh, didn't know.

Is this what you mean:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Many_Saints_of_Newark

Stars Michael Gandolfini as a young Tony Soprano. It's supposed to be a prequel to The Sopranos.

He's got some big shoes to fill. Wonder if he can pull it off.
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