The Complete Fourth Season
Carmela to Tony: "Everything comes to an end." True enough, Mrs. Sope, but on The Sopranos, the end comes sooner for some than others (rest in pieces, Ralph). Though for some the widely debated fourth season contained too much yakking instead of whacking, and an emphasis on domestic family over business Family, what critic James Agee once said of the Marx Brothers applies to The Sopranos: "The worst thing they might ever make would be better worth seeing than most other things I can think of." And in most respects, The Sopranos remains television's gold standard. The fourth season garnered 13 Emmy nominations, including best actor and actress consideration for James Gandolfini and Edie Falco as Tony and Carmela, whose estrangement provides the season with its most powerful drama. The season finale, "Whitecaps," was a long-time-coming episode, in which she at last stands up to "toxic" Tony. The season's--and one of the series'--most shocking episodes was "Whoever Did This," which marked the grisly swan song of Emmy nominee Joe Pantoliano's psychopath Ralph.
Other narrative threads include Christopher's (Emmy nominee Michael Imperioli) descent into heroin addiction, Uncle Junior's (Dominic Chianese) trial, an unrequited and potentially fatal attraction between Carmela and Tony's driver Furio, and a rude joke about Johnny Sack's wife that has potentially fatal implications. Other indelible moments include Christopher's girlfriend Adriana's projectile reaction to discovering that her new best friend is an undercover FBI agent in the episode "No Show," Janice giving Ralph a shove out of their relationship in "Christopher," and the classic "Quasimodo/Nostradamus" exchange in the season-opener, which garnered HBO's highest ratings to date. Freed from the understandably high expectations for the fourth season, heightened by the 16-month hiatus, these episodes can be better appreciated on their own considerable merits. They are pivotal chapters in television's most novel saga. --Donald Liebenson
It's tough times in Jersey for Tony Soprano. The sluggish economy hasn't been good for the family business. His wife Carmela is angling for more financial security. Some longtime lieutenants aren't happy with Tony's recent decisions. A rival boss wants a bigger piece of the suburban pie. A Sopranos is actually heading to trial for the first time in decades. At least one child seems to have lost interest in higher education. And the ducks aren't coming back anytime soon. PROGRAM INFORMATION Number of Episodes: 13 1. For All Debts Public & Private 2. No -Show 3. Christopher 4. The Weight 5. Pie O My 6. Everybody Hurts 7. Watching Too Much Television 8. Mergers & Acquisitions 9. Whoever Did This 10. The Strong Silent Type 11. Calling All Cars 12. Eloise 13. Whitecaps
THE SOPRANOS, THE 4TH SEASON.HOW CAN U NOT LIKE IT?
THE SOPRANOS, 4TH SEASON. WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO SAY, ITS THE SOPRANOS, NEED I SAY MORE.
HOW CAN U NOT LIKE THE SOPRANOS, NO MATTER WHAT SEASON IT IS?
OK, I DO ADMIT,THAT THE VERY LAST EPISODE OF THE SOPRANOS COULD HAVE ENDED BETTER. BUT THAT WAS THE UNIQUENESS ABOUT DAVID CHASE.
EVEN THE ACTORS THEMSELVES NEVER KNEW WHAT HE HAD PLANNED, HE KEPT EVERYBODY GUESSING. AND FOR AUTHANTICITY, DAVID CHASE HAD THE MANNERISMS,LANGUAGE,MOTIONS, AND EMOTIONS DOWN TO A SCIENCE WHEN IT CAME TO EVERYTHING ITALIAN, BUT WHY NOT-HE"S ITALIAN! THATS RIGHT. YOU WOULD THINK THAT A NAME LIKE DAVID CHASE ISNT ITALIAN, BUT LIKE MANY ITALIANS AND SICILIANS. HIS FAMILY CHANGED THEYRE NAME TO SATISFY THE PREJUDICES OF SOCIETY.
IT CAN BE THE FIRST SEASON OR THE LAST SEASON, IT DOES NOT MATTER.THE SOPRANOS WILL GO DOWN AS A SERIES THAT PEOPLE WILL REMEMBER FOR A LONG TIME.
THANKS FOR GIVING ME THIS OPPORTUNITY TO REVIEW THE SOPRANOS.
SINCERELY, RANDAL MASSARO. YES, I TOO AM OF ITALIAN-SICILIAN DESCENT.
There is no getting out
I love the movies about the Sopranos. Hope they continue on with more great movies. Just like they say-- There is no getting out. When I first starting viewing the movies on A & E I had to purchase the uncut versions. I now have the five seasons and will purchase the sixth. I heard that Tony was shot at the end and, then that was the end. Who did it. Maybe his wife Carmela's Italian love of her life or the young russian girl that loves Tony. Makes one wonder if it was for love, power or money. Could be for all the reasons. What do you think?
Worst sopranos season ever. period.
This season sucked. it lacked what made the first three season brilliant. There were less whackings, less excitement. Less thrill. Instead, it concentrated more on garbage between Tony and his wife, unexciting stuff. This season was lame and boring. The only exciting scene in the whole season was Ralph Cifaretto getting whacked, and even that was mildly exciting. This is by far the worst season of the sopranos ever made. I recommend this season to die hard sopranos fans only. Otherwise, guys who liked the first 3 seasons and the fifth season, will most likely not like this season. Bottom line, the fourth season sucked.
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Why I bought season four of The Sopranos
About a month ago I bought season four of HBO's The Sopranos: season four. I'm a big fan of the show and it's great to own the whole season. Many of the episodes are enjoyable upon repeated viewing; they're like movies that you need to see more than one time to really appreciate.
One of the features that interested me most is the comentary and bonus material that come with the discs. For any avid fan of the gangster world or just an inside look at writing and creating a TV show, The Sopranos discs offer a lot of good extras.
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