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Monday, June 11, 2007

Talk about Anticlimactic......

Well it's the end of an era....hopefully. It appears that last night's final episode of The Sopranos was uninspired and uneventful. I eventually weaned myself off of the Sopranos media train two seasons ago. Just chalk it up to an overdose of real gangsterism (or is that gangsta-ism). But I must commend the series creator, David Chase for streching the story to such a degree that a movie must be imminent. Check out the Orlando Sentinel's take on the last show:

This series finale had to be considered a disappointment for anyone expecting a definitive, socko ending. In a more poignant scene, Tony visited Uncle Junior (Dominic Chianese). Tony realized the older mobster, who had bedeviled him for years, was hopelessly senile.

In the most violent scene, rival mobster Phil Leotardo (Frank Vincent) was shot in the head. Then a vehicle ran over his skull, sickening onlookers.

In the lighter moments, Paulie Walnuts (Tony Sirico) was freaked out by a cat that stared at a poster of Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli). But when last seen, Paulie and the cat were sunning themselves.

The final moments of the Soprano dinner came after A.J. repeatedly tested his parents in the last episode. A.J. burned up his $30,000 car. He also flirted with joining the Army, which stunned his parents. At the fade-out, A.J. had found a job in filmmaking.

Series creator David Chase, who wrote and directed the finale, gave it a life-goes-on feel with no definite resolutions for Tony's immediate family. For a show that was considered one of the greatest dramas in television history, the ending wasn't that dramatic. But it leaves open the possibility that Chase could revisit Tony and serve a more compelling conclusion.

For more from the Sentinel, click below:

Did 'Sopranos' finale go out with a bang or a whimper?

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