I have a big deadline today, and I intend to make it. I’ve already tried two or three short, dashed-off entries for you folks to splash around in the comments over, but they all sucked more than usual and so: Bleah.
Besides, the only thing I can think about today, besides the deadline, is last night’s “Sopranos” episode, which left me with so much to chew on that I’ll be working it over for days. I know not everyone here watches the show, but hey — if you do, have at it. We could start with the episode title: “Kennedy and Heidi.” Those were the names of the two girls in the car Chris nearly collided head-on with, but what’s the deeper meaning? And, of course, there is a deeper meaning — this is “The Sopranos,” after all — and particularly when you consider Tony’s remark when he saw Kelly at the funeral (“Jackie Kennedy”). Or maybe there isn’t. And not to take anything too literally, I’m wondering if Chrissy is Ba:
Number four is Ba, the heart, often treacherous. This is a hawk’s body with your face on it, shrunk down to the size of a fist. Many a hero has been brought down, like Samson, by a perfidious Ba.
Or maybe he’s Ka, the Double, most closely associated with the subject. The Ka, which usually reaches adolescence at the time of bodily death, is the only reliable guide through the Land of the Dead to the western lands.
Anyway, I’m pretty sure the next to go is A.J. Discuss. I’ll be back later, A.D.
Dorothy said on May 14, 2007 at 9:06 am
When I saw the previews for last night’s episode, I thought for sure Carmella was fielding a call about A.J. Christopher was a surprise. It was a strange episode, and I think you’re right that A.J. is the next to go. Sort of like “Godfather III” with Mary dying on the steps outside the opera house.
LA mary said on May 14, 2007 at 9:54 am
Haunted is the right word for the feeling that show gave me. So much sadness. Maybe AJ will off himself?
MaryO said on May 14, 2007 at 10:17 am
And what a way for Christufuh to go. Smothered by Tony. It wasn’t even a “real” whacking. No wonder he needed the peyote.
I’m on the East Coast, and I forced myself to stay up very late to watch the West Coast feed so I could see it again.
Wonder if Tony will be seeing Chrissy in his dreams — the way he saw Pussy and several others whose names I can’t quite get my head around this morning?
I’ll just note for the record that Tony appears to become Livia in the next episode. “Poor you!” he says to Carmela. The circle of life…
nancy said on May 14, 2007 at 10:32 am
David Chase has been trying to tell us, from season two at the earliest, that we are wrong to feel anything but contempt for Tony, and it doesn’t seem to do any good — the guy still has a fan club. The message boards over at TVWoP are full of people who think he strangled Chris as a mercy killing, to spare him the pain and uncertain fate of a long recovery. You know, because he’s such a good guy and all. (I see how it happens, but as the shrink told Carmela a few seasons ago, “One thing you can never say is you weren’t told.”)
I think now he needs to just bring the goddamn hammer down on the whole family. I’ll be sorely disappointed if Tony ends the series alive.
ashley said on May 14, 2007 at 10:37 am
“I’ll be sorely disappointed if Tony ends the series alive.”
Really? I think it would be kinda ironic if he ended up in the joint, with no family or crew to go home to.
Mindy said on May 14, 2007 at 1:29 pm
It’s tough trying not to read today’s post and the comments. Through the miracle of Netflix I am finally able to watch the Sopranos. Been watching since January and am half way through season three. Addicting stuff! I forgot what it was like to enjoy a TV show and really look forward to it. Too bad the networks aren’t brave to produce great shows.
LA mary said on May 14, 2007 at 1:44 pm
It’s very hard to take network TV after watching The Sopranos. Last night’s episode was pretty amazing.
Laura said on May 14, 2007 at 2:10 pm
I thought the series would end with Christopher taking down Tony. Oh well. Until last year, I was sure Pat Buchanan would one day be revealed as Deep Throat. Shows you what I know.
brian stouder said on May 14, 2007 at 2:47 pm
Further to Laura’s point – and taking into account that mostly all I know about that series, I have read right here –
still, I DID see the episode where Tony’s brother-in-law has a fist fight with Tony at the lake, and ends up whacking some guy as a Tony-favor to some Canadian pharma guys.
My NN.c training taught me to watch for foreshadows, and earlier in that episode (before the fisticuffs) Tony and the brother-in-law (can’t remember his name) are in a boat on the lake, talking about the future…and the B/L says he wouldn’t want to have to kill anybody, what with dna testing and so forth.
And when he whacks the guy (who is not a gangster) at a laundromat, he makes it look like the mob hit that it is, AND the victim grabs his shirt just before the coup de grace (another shot in the head) and the B/L stands up with his shirt torn open.
So I think HE will get busted (obvious mob hit, plus dna evidence in the victim’s hand), and then cut a deal with the hapless police that convicts Tony
LA mary said on May 14, 2007 at 3:12 pm
There’s be so much foreshadowing this season, Brian, it’s hard to say what is going to happen. Maybe Tony will step out of the shower as Bobby Ewing.
Dorothy said on May 14, 2007 at 3:15 pm
Brian, Tony “suggested” (and I use that term loosely) that Bobby (his brother-in-law) do the killing, and I feel certain he did it as a way to wield his power over him. Tony is the boss, after all, and it was his intention to make Bobby feel the weight of his fist at his neck, making him do something that is not in his nature. Bobby is the one who took care of Uncle Junior when he was under house arrest, and he honestly feels love for Uncle June. Bobby is more tender hearted than any of them.
Bobby certainly did not do that murder as a way to impress Tony. He had no choice.
Jeff said on May 15, 2007 at 7:16 am
EPA’s gonna bring Tony down, just you watch . . .
Laura said on May 15, 2007 at 8:12 pm
I’m guessing AJ dreamed the whole thing up while looking at his mafia snow globe.