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Old 06-11-2007, 05:33 AM   #451
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I caught some of the song titles from the jukebox upon rewatching the episode, and a lot of pausing:

Those Were The Days
Only The Strong Survive
Somewhere In The Night
Turn Turn Turn
I've Gotta Be Me
A Lonely Place
This Magic Moment
Since I Don't Have You
I'm Alive
Who Will You Run To
Magic Man (Live)
Don't Stop Believing
Any Way You Want It
Rock It, Billy

just thought I'd throw that out there
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Old 06-11-2007, 08:25 AM   #452
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Just watched it
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i also liked how the episode was filled nearly wall-to-wall with music -- and no show has ever used popular music better than The Sopranos -- and the show is justly famous for how it ends an episode with a nearly always shockingly apt choice of music.

but not this one.

i hear people's frustrations, and i would have also enjoyed something more conclusive, but this abrupt viewer-gets-whacked ending was truer to the show's own ethics.

also, there was a bit of of FY to the Sopranos fans who protest that the show isn't violent enough. that they want more bloodshed. kind of like, "you want more whackings? fine -- we've just whacked you."

frustrating, but appropriate.

could there have been a better ending? of course.

but this one works by not working; or, because it doesn't work, it weirdly does work.
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Was that simply an elabourate mindfuck, or the most brilliant thing ever? \
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I really think all the people crying foul is hilarious. I was yelling "I knew he was going to do something like this!" last night as soon as the screen went black.

So, we were whacked. Life goes on for us all.
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Eh, whatever. I'm over it. I can't call it brilliant. The ideas were running thin all season. The ending was lazy imo. Bye-Bye.
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[q]Some will win
Some will lose
Some were born to sing the blues
Oh, the movie never ends
It goes on and on and on and on[/q]
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I hope Grey's Anatomy, on the other hand, ends with the hospital blowing up.
even i'd watch that.

mcdreamy blown to mcbits
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I am not convinced at all that the cut to black is supposed to represent the viewer getting whacked. I stand by my original reply, it was lackluster. I don't find it "arty" or brilliant. I wasn't demanding a bloodbath but it all being about nothing doesn't really have to be nothing. I mean, how many seasons of Seinfeld did they do?
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I am not convinced at all that the cut to black is supposed to represent the viewer getting whacked.
it has to mean sooooomething though. i mean it wasn't an editing mistake where they accidentally cut off the end and put in 5 seconds of blackness instead. this was done for a purpose. and what else could it represent besides death? death comes unexpectedly, with darkness and silence, which is exactly how the end was portrayed. its either Tony dying and the audience experiences it with him or its just the viewer dying because the show is now gone forever.
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Speaking of Seinfeld, I remember when that finale aired people were pissed and/or disappointed over that ending, too.
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I'm still thinking it might be Tony. I'd have to go back and watch the last bit again establish POV as the screen cuts to black. I sincerely hope this wasn't just a way to get a movie done.
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I resent the notion that those that are disappointed in the way the finale ended are just disappointed because there wasn't any blood and gore. That's absurd.
Yes, you're right. I oversimplified and apologize if I ticked anyone off.
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what i liked about the final scene was it really let you feel what it was like to be a mobster. you felt the tension, the paranoia that Tony must feel all the time, having to always look over you shoulder never knowing when that might be it. then, all of a sudden, you feel what its like to die, just complete blackness out of nowhere. pretty powerful if you ask me.
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I don't mind an ambiguous ending but this one just isn't very interesting. Not even worth trying to figure out imo. It tried too hard to be clever. I think it failed.
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