The Sopranos Last Season

What a time it was, working on that show. Glad I'm not there, not mixing enough, and doing this videoblog thing. Yeah. I considered "The Sopranos", when watching an entire season on DVD over a single weekend, operatic.
clipped from www.nytimes.com
But the main difference between “The Sopranos” and its spawn wasn’t prurience, it was ambition. Most shows overreach, or “jump the shark,” when they pile on too much melodrama and too many dead bodies. On “The Sopranos” it was the opposite: The show lost its way when it put murders and mischief aside and weighed itself down in ponderous character sketches and too many Bergmanesque dream sequences. Those flights of fancy were not surprising given how often the series was hailed as Shakespearian or Dickensian. Norman Mailer recently called “The Sopranos” the closest thing to the Great American Novel in today’s culture.

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