The Sopranos: Kennedy & Heidi
Was this week perfect? By all means not, but taking out a character that has meant something to all the show's fans forever, and showing what looks like an inkling of an ugly finale when it comes to Tony and the New York crew could provide for one of the more fantastic endings, perhaps the one we all deserve after surviving through so many production delays and season holdups.
From day one of this season I knew that Christopher was going to lose his life, but while it could be surmised that Tony's hand would be involved, I have to say that I never would have taken that literally. The preview last week showed a bit of the truck getting in an accident, but who knew this would have been the end of it. When Christopher started spitting up blood, I knew he would die, it was just a matter of how long. When Tony ditched on calling 911, it was so very clear that he wanted to end this right here and now. Later on, when he was talking about being relieved that Christopher was dead because of his being weak, I couldn't help but think that the same thing was exactly what I heard in my head when he was suffocated. Whether Tony knew that Christopher was truly a weak link in the chain of the Soprano crew or not, or that there was a Fed that could have been the guy in the stairwell last week, or that evidence could have been left at JT's shooting, it didn't matter. What did matter is that the dominoes have most certainly begun to tip over.
It was pretty awesome that we got to see Big Pussy in the kitchen recently, and Tony mentioned him again tonight. That was the last character that truly meant something to a lot of fans of the show that had his life cut short (of course others have died, but not necessarily someone *that* integral to the stories), and now that Christopher's storyline has ended, presumably there'll be no more Cleaver, especially after the mug was tossed into the trees in Tony's backyard. On top of that, Tony most certainly took advantage of the end of his nephew's life by hitting up his chippy on the side, even going as far as taking peyote with her. Something that longtime Weblogs, Inc.-family friend and Cinematical founder Karina Longworth mentioned tonight got me thinking after the show closed, though - that Tony could think that the "universe is rewarding him for killing friends." He clearly knows what he's done, as he mentioned a lot of it to Melfi - in his dream and for real - and the peyote has him thinking... clearly or something, so is that the second domino falling in our big chain reaction finale?
Something else that will probably get as much airtime here as it did on the show was the death of Paulie's "mom." Paulie, not surprisingly, acted all peeved at the lack of support his extended "family" gave him in this time, but it's a pretty solid bet to say that Paulie just doesn't get it. It's always about him, and it's always "personal" when someone does something that potentially impugns him. Just unfortunately that it worked out that way for him, considering his longtime service on this show, but perhaps his demise won't be a life-or-death one and much more about showing how disjointed he ends up from Tony and the crew. If anything, I think that if Tony were to find out exactly why and how Christopher fell off the wagon, that could cause a bit of a problem between the two old-school guys.
As for A.J., he's clearly feuding with himself these days. He seems to like having been causing problems with his friends when it comes to settling gambling debts, but the attitudes - and racist comments - that the guys made around him definitely got him stirring. Unfortunately, he's just enough of a wimp to push the bicyclist back into the shoving in the street, leaving him with nothing but a futile "why can't we all just get along" with his shrink.
As far as ratings go, I'm going to give this episode a perfect 7 for the week. Sure, it's high, but I think the drama of Christopher's death and Tony's "coming out" party with the peyote definitely have me thinking that we will have a solid ending to a solid show. I definitely think we'll have some blood on the hands of Tony Soprano. That said, I think the previews for next week where Carm is talking about the "Soprano curse" could be talking more about whatever situation that their son has gotten themselves into than anything about Tony himself.
What I want to know, if I have any question for all you readers this week, it's whether we think that there is any possibility that Tony could give up all of what he has in order to keep Carm with him, and take a package with the Feds as an ending or not. Beyond that, I'm just going to predict that we've only begun to see the "action" that will affect all of the long-timers on this show in the next three weeks.
(ed: when I say "perfect," I mean was it the best episode ever? No. Was it great in the scheme of this season and overall shows on television? Definitely.)
|1 - Worst||17 (2.5%)|
|7 - Best||225 (33.3%)|