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Monday, March 13, 2006

Tubeservations: Tony Soprano Cries Uncle

The Sopranos return- with a bang.

I had been alerted to a "twist" in last night's episode, but didn't know what it was and was able to avoid being spoiled. It was worth the wait, and kept me interested through a solid but uneventful "background" episode- the kind we've come to expect from TV's most intriguing drama.

That said, I did like the other major storyline- the "retirement," or lack thereof- and thought that, as a mood-setter, the episode did its job. Let's hope Chase and co. now move into the meaty goodness of serious storytelling.

There were plenty of red herrings to the twist- would Tony's weight push him towards a coronary? Would Uncle Jun stroke out? Would Johnny Sack get whacked in the can? The writers managed to come up with something more shocking than anyone imagined.

How great was the shot of delusional, toothless, crazy Uncle Junior blowing a hole in Tony Soprano's enlarged gut? And I dug the lack of promo at episode's end to increase suspense, a tactic used by Six Feet Under wne Nate was buying the farm.

Of course, the trailers for the series were loaded with other shots of Tony (with another woman, twirling a baby, eating ad nauseum), so it's highly likely Tony won't be sleeping with the fishes. Not to mention that it would be pretty tough to deliver 19 more episodes sans the big guy.

My theory on the shooting: Uncle Junior was punishing Tony for overcooking his ziti. I know in our house, it's gotta be al dente, under penalty of death.

2 other geekspeak:

  • best observation of the week from o and a... uncle junior is the guy from the six flags commercials (cue the wacky music)

    By Blogger joevideo, at 6:05 PM  

  • You're forgetting the possibility that Sunday's episode was really the last one and what will follow will recap what happened leading up to Tony's death at the hands of Uncle Junior.

    By Blogger Frank Strovel III, at 7:10 PM  

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