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IT'S OVER WITH ME AND TONY
16 May 2007
Well, I feel better this morning. Barbara Walters agrees with me. She doesn't like Tony Soprano any more either.
It has always amazed me that I got so hooked on Sopranos and on 24. Action and violence are two of my least favorite kinds of entertainment and yet I got hooked on those shows. (At least Sopranos has good writing going for it. 24 can't even claim that.)
What was there about Tony Soprano? He's this big mafia don--the kind of goombahs that I grew up around, living on the edge of North Beach in San Francisco. As I've grown up and have become more aware of things, it makes me wonder about what my friend's father really did. He worked for the Sunset Scavenger Company. A garbage man. Yet he owned a big apartment building. Did we have mafia connections in San Francisco? Did my parents party with a mafia don? Who knows?
Tony was this mass of contradictions. The guy who could wack a guy without blinking. Who could toss a good friend off a boat into the ocean. Who could kick a prostitute to death in a parking lot, and then go home to Christmas dinner with the family.
Tony is the guy whose insecurities and misgivings come out only in sessions with his psychotherapist.
I just don't know what there was about Tony that I liked. Maybe because he reminded me of my father, the guy I could never reach but always tried to.
*** SPOILER ***
But at the end of last night's episode, I began to realize that I didn't like Tony any more.
Tony is riding in a car with his nephew, the guy who we always assumed would take over as the Don some day. There is an auto accident and Tony and Christopher go rolling down the hill in the car.
There is a lot of visualization in the final episodes leading up to the series finale in two (or three) more episodes. Last week Tony was out on a boat with his #2 man, Pauli and there is a lot of flashbacks to other incidents on boats, close-ups of knives and axes and you had to wonder if Pauli was about to be knocked off (he wasn't. Yet.).
Tony is not seriously injured in the auto accident. Christopher is more seriously injured. He asks Tony not to call for help because he (Christopher) couldn't pass a drug test. Christopher has been clean and sober for a long time and has recently slipped back into his old ways. Tony looks at Christopher. He looks at the car seat for Christopher's new baby sitting in the back of the car with a tree limb penetrating it ... if the baby had been in the car she would have been skewered.
Tony looks at Christopher, fighting for breath and he just holds his nose until he dies.
I've watched Tony kill lots of guys (including ordering the death of Christopher's girlfriend last season) and while it was shocking that he would kill his beloved nephew, what finally turned me off to this mob boss is the smirk on his face as he attends Christopher's funeral, how he laughs and tells his therapist how relieved he is that Christopher is dead.
On The View this morning, Barbara Walters said pretty much the same thing -- that she'd watched Tony do a lot of terrible thing over the years and yet there was something about him she'd always liked, but she doesn't like Tony any more.
I don't like Tony any more.
My friend Steve says he thinks Tony is going to be sent to prison on a RICO charge. I thought someone was going to kill him, but I suspect going up on a RICO charge is a better ending to the show.
What saddens me is that I finally want something bad to happen to Tony.
...and in real life, I'm not all choked up over the death of Jerry Falwell either. Lest we forget, Falwell is the man who brought you the following quotes:
There may be tears in some places in this country for the passing of this man, but not in this house.
Steve's comments on Jerry Falwell.
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