Monday, June 11, 2007

The Sopranos

Wherever I turned today - ESPN, CNN, Jim Rome, local sports talk shows - I could not get away from it. The Sopranos series finale... I have never seen an episode of the Sopranos, so maybe this is biased. But seriously, who cares about the unresolved ending? Hello! These are fake people!! Why is it dominating the airwaves everywhere I turn!!

12 comments:

Head Dude said...

This is something on which the Dude and I can agree -- I'm sure the Sopranos was a fine show, but I just never watched it. I wish I watched The Wire too, but just haven't. That said, I also agree that the idea a show should end dramatically isn't always a good thing. Why must things end nice and tidy? Would a big four-person whacking in the end have made people happier? And isn't the fact the immigration bill is dying a little more significant than this in the news?

The Dude said...

I've also heard good things about The Wire. But I just don't have time for serial television shows. I already watch every Daily Show and Colbert; my one Netflics documentary every week; other TV watching is pretty much limited to live sports (I don't even watch the highlight shows on ESPN any more) and news (Countdown, love Olbermann). Any other free time I have to myself is spent reading, which I find infinitely preferable to watching shows about fake people.

Head Dude said...

I'm down to just The Office, Family Guy, Simpsons, and Entourage, but like the Dude have given up Sportscenter unless there's some big story I want to watch. And with the Mavs' early exit and the Rangers hitting the crapper, I'm on a bit of a sports vacation, which has led to plenty of time for non-fiction reading. Lord what have I become?

The Franchise said...

I also don't watch much "regular" television, though the wife and I do bond by watching CSI (Las Vegas, of course!). I attempted to watch Sopranos when A&E started it from the beginning last year, but I just didn't have the time to keep up.

That being said, I do enjoy peoples' reactions to TV shows, and the backlash against the finale is quite amusing. Contrast that with Lost (another popular show I've never seen), which most people were dumping on all year, yet apparently had a fantastic last episode.

I think ambiguous endings are fine, but I believe the majority of the TV-watching public wants everything tied up with a nice ribbon at the end.

Grizzly said...

Maybe I can add some intellect to this discussion. I have watched every episode of The Sopranos. In fact, I sporadically have gotten HBO just to watch.

And I thought the finale was fantastic. Better than I could have hoped for. The show was about the mundane details that also were done by a mob boss (i.e. making your son clean his room).

It's great by David Chase that he created an episode with this much discussion and such a split in what viewers thought.

The Dude said...

Grizzly would then love to hang out with some of the other associates at my law firm... They just spent an entire lunch talking about the Sopranos... I was so bored I almost started talking about the NBA Finals

Grizzly said...

Dude - I am quite interested... how much would I make at your firm? I have two years experience as a legal draftsman. And of course, infinite knowledge of "The Sopranos."

SportsGal said...

Dude, your firm should hire me! I've seen every episode of the Wire (which I started watching as per Devin Gordon's recommendation in Newsweek) and Lost (it's true... an uneven third season with a kick ass finale) and almost all of the Sopranos, which I'm planning on catching up on on DVD at some point. More importantly, the newspaper industry is in shambles. So what do you think I'd make?

Oh, and as a public service announcement to the vast DudeSpin readership, the Wire is unquestionably the best show on TV. I'd really recommend renting the DVDs. It takes some time to get into, but it's well worth it.

The Dude said...

I had no idea that the SportsGal had a law degree. As for Grizzly, I am assuming that he's not serious, because if he is, email me. I get 10k for bringing someone to my firm, and I'm generous enough to split that fee with Grizzly, as long as he continues to share pictures from Alaska.

SportsGal said...

While I don't have a law degree per se, I've covered lots of trials... first and second degree murder, bankruptcy, involuntary manslaughter, arson... plus I was on a jury for a guy who threw his girlfriend out a window. Isn't that enough? How hard can it be?

Head Dude said...

Trust me, if a trained monkey could review documents at a big law firm, then you easily could.

The Dude said...

Oh I have no doubt that Sportsgal is smart enough to work in any big law firm; She had me at hello. Nevertheless, all law firms still seem to require a degree from a law school.

I've also successfully trained monkeys to take depositions.