TV The Mobster’s New Clothes?
posted by June 11 at 8:14 AMon
Spoiler alert: Apparently there’s nothing to spoil from last night’s Sopranos finale, the vague stasis of which has fans and critics howling and bickering.
Alessandra Stanley in The New York Times: “The abrupt finale last night was almost like a prank, a mischievous dig at viewers who had agonized over how televisionís most addictive series would come to a close. The suspense of the final scene in the diner was almost cruel…Nothing happens. Credits. What? Mr. Chase wanted to end his tale without melodrama or even a splashy denouement. He succeeded.”
Frazier Moore of the Associated Press: “Chase was true to himself, and that’s what made The Sopranos brilliant on Sunday night, and the 85 episodes that went before. The product of an artist with a bleak but incisive vision, The Sopranos has always existed on its own terms. It was challenging and elegant, but seldom tidy.”
Nikke Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily: “It was terrible. Apparently, my extreme reaction was typical of many series’ fans: they crashed HBO’s website for a time tonight trying to register their outrage. HBO could suffer a wave of cancellations as a result…Chase clearly didn’t give a damn about his fans. Instead, he crapped in their faces. This is why America hates Hollywood.”
Me, I was too busy watching Kiki & Herb lose a Tony Award to a ventriloquist (this is why America hates Broadway) to pay attention to last night’s Sopranos, but I’ll weigh in sometime after I catch it on DVD. Until then, please continue bickering in the comments.