Posted by: Opey | June 11, 2007

Don’t Stop……

Well, it’s over. The series finale of the Sopranos came and went Sunday night. For many people, though, it passed and left us with a sense of emptiness and a lack of fulfillment. It is not a feeling that a piece of us is missing, but instead a sense that too many of our questions will go unanswered. For those of you that missed the episode (warning: Spoilers), Phil was shot and killed, Paulie held to his loyalties and even bent over backwards to please Tony, AJ seemed to move on from his depressive state, and the Soprano nuclear family seemed to be unscathed. Following our viewing of the episode, me and a friend discussed the meaning of both the final scene, where the Sopranos are sitting in a diner while the song “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey plays and then the screen fades to black, as well as some other aspect of the last episode and previous episodes. My friend was appreciative of the episode, pointing to the fact that it focused on the major premise of the show, the trials and tribulations of one man who participates in the mafia. He also enjoyed the final scene in that it left us where we began. I am generally in favor of cliff hanger endings. In this case, though, I felt we had more newly posed questions, and old ones left unanswered, than we had questions answered. The situation with Paulie was somewhat unresolved, as was the individual situations with Meadow and AJ, not to mention the situation between Tony and the FBI. All of these plots were touched upon, but it ended there. I also came away with an unfulfilled sense in regard to the status of the NJ and NY mob. Had Phil not died, I would not have felt the need to put a bow on both groups situation/structure, but with his death a new storyline was opened/hinted at. I truly believe that the last few seconds of the show where the screen went black was a purposeful act by David Chase to allow for discussion and creativity on the part of the viewing public. This would have been a tremendous and inventive ending, had there not been so many questions left unanswered and vague symbols left undefined. Needless to say, bring on the movie.


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