Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The Sopranos - Season 4

The saga of the Soprano families continues. This was a really important season, with the single most important plot event of the show so far occurring at the end. It's not quite something you won't see coming, but it's still a bit of a surprise to see the central dynamic of the show change so dramatically. The pivotal scene is extremely well acted by the main characters, and it might be the biggest moment in one of history's best shows, as I've been told on more than one occasion that I shouldn't even bother watching the last two seasons. I still well, although I can't say me expectations haven't been tempered, especially since I already know about the non-ending.

They really did a good job that year of creating a story with tons of interweaving facets. Everything connects nicely without seeming contrived, and even though they still stay focused on a few topics per episode, it's all balanced very well. Janice dates Ralph who continues to cause Tony problems who's dealing with more pressure from Carmine in New York. Furio deals with feelings for Carmella who finds out about Tony's continued infidelity and has more arguments with her kids. While in jail, Paulie gets led on by Johnny Sack who is furious over comments made by Ralph. Chris' drug problems hurt Adriana, who's being used by the FBI. It all goes round and round and never gets boring. Hits get called for and canceled at the last second, and bad situations continue to get worse without being predictable. It's quite funny sometimes too, and the dream sequences are still fresh and some of the best put to film. The Sopranos is a darn good show.

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