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Did David Chase take his cue from The Twilight Zone?

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 14th 2007 4:19PM

SopranosOK, if you're not all exhausted by the Sopranos talk and examination of that final scene, let me bring up yet another take on the episode, via a friend of TV critic Roger Catlin at The Hartford Courant.

During the scene in the safehouse in the episode, there an an episode of The Twilight Zone playing on the television. An alert viewer figured out that it was the 1963 episode "The Bard," where a TV writer gets help from the ghost of William Shakespeare, who gets angry at the meddling from advertisers and the network and eventually punches an actor (Burt Reynolds).

As Catlin's friend puts it:

One is left to wonder whether Chase was more drawn to the teleplay within the teleplay because of its idea of the impossibility of writing a very, very important script (and pleasing yourself, AND pleasing everyone else too) by non-supernatural means or instead that even Shakespeare sometimes had to be a show biz pragmatist.

You can't have everything.

This is a cute theory, though in the end this is all speculation. But I would assume that nothing in that finale, from the songs on the jukebox to the cat staring at the photo to what's on the TV in the background wasn't thought out carefully. Or maybe we just examine TV too much these days, heh.

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Raindog

Carmela tells Tony that the restaurant will take them at 8:00. The restaurant is similar to a diner and isn't the kind of place you need a reservation. Did they shoot the scene with Carmela announcing the reservation and then realize they needed Tony to be able to watch eveyone coming and going through the front from his table?

June 22 2007 at 1:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Voicesof1

The guy with the made in America Hat was "The Russian"
from the Pines! Nuff said

June 15 2007 at 9:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gordy

I thought that was common knowledge...hence my 'RIP Tony' remark.

June 15 2007 at 11:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lee

THIS JUST IN......
Check Out This Article From TV Guide.
http://community.tvguide.com/blog-entry/TVGuide-News-Blog/Todays-News/Sopranos-Clan-Hails/800017014
I think we got an answer. Tony Soprano is dead.

June 15 2007 at 11:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
HARVEY MANDELL

The final episode was good as watching a Super Bowl that ended in a tie score.....Althought I loved the show,there were way too many boring and forgetable episodes....The whole series run would have made a great two hour movie if you left those wasted scenes on the Cutting Room floor.....Let us fans hope there is a Movie to come and Mr. Chase has a chance to really prove he is the great producer some people claim him to be.

June 15 2007 at 10:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gordy

I thought the ending was typical. This show has been so inflated, that fans expected great things in the finale. In the end, it was what it always was...lacking and overrated.

RIP Tony.

June 15 2007 at 9:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gary

Lets see if Chase puts in all the alternative endings in the DVD. Will make for some high sales me thinks.

June 15 2007 at 2:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Walt

It's a bit humorous when, instead of having extra scenes you don't want to see in a story's "Director's Cut", the final episode of The Sopranos, certainly a "Director's Cut" was instead missing a scene.

Me, I've never watched the show, so I can't comment one way or the other on the show itself. It's only this controversy that's made me think about how people become vested in a story, and quite obviously with a story's ultimate end.

The goal of any story teller is to tell the story, and any good story has at the very least a decent ending.

Look, putting Jar Jar Binks in the Star Wars franchise was a mistake. A mistake the director made. You live with it.

But you also know not to pay all that much attention to the next project that creator does, unless you're willing to have the same thing happen again.

June 15 2007 at 1:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Borat

Umm yeah right...it wasn't Chase who wanted all the attention.

June 14 2007 at 7:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Peanut

David,
Why did you go to a site called "TV Squad" and click on a link about The Sopranos if you're tired of people talking about the tv show "The Sopranos"?

June 14 2007 at 7:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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