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The opening sequence alone justifies the huge acclaim The Sopranos has
gathered since its debut in 1999. After a brief flashback which shows
Tony as he throws away his gun while running away from the meeting that
resulted in Johnny Sack's arrest, we cut to the present day, with Tony
getting arrested because someone saw him throw the gun. As the cops
knock on the door, Carmela asks: "Is this it?". Obviously it isn't (the
gun charge is too weak, especially since there was a three-year gap
between the fact and the arrest), but in a way Mrs. Soprano has a
point: this is it - the last selection of episodes produced for the
finest drama in television history.
With the charges dropped, Tony has another preoccupation coming along: his birthday, which is celebrated by paying a visit to Janice and Bobby at their lake house. While the women discuss parenthood and other normal stuff, the brothers-in-law alternate fishing, discussions about death and preparations for an upcoming business deal. It all goes very well until Tony makes some off-color remarks about Janice one night and a quiet evening turns into a fistfight between alpha-males. Part Two of Season Six goes through one heck of a start...
Soprano Home Movies doesn't really count as a season premiere, but feels like one anyway for how it slowly yet brutally brings forward the grand theme of the last nine episodes of the show: death. Sure, many characters have carked it over the course of the previous 77 episodes, but the beautiful conversation Tony and Bobby have about what they think happens when you die is big enough a clue in regards to what the main concern of the final season will be. Moreover, having such a soulful sequence followed by a down-and-dirty fight sums up the series in the most perfect way: a poetically violent masterpiece.
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Tony Soprano is back. And as usual, the premiere is filled with a lot
of exposition and memory-joggers to keep viewers from losing all the
story lines and plot points.
The show opens with a flashback to Tony and Johnny Sack's fateful meeting before Johnny is hauled off to prison. The emphasis here, though, is on Tony's flight from the property, and his hasty disposal of his gun. The usually careful Tony finally gives the authorities something to nibble on.
***Spoiler*** The rest of the episode is dedicated to catching up with Tony, his family, and his crew post-jail visit. He's mad at Christopher for not showing up to his welcome home party. Bobby Baccala returns a monetary gift to Uncle Junior. A.J. has a party at the Soprano Manse while his folks are away for Tony's birthday.
There is one big, surprising scene with Tony, Bobby, Carmela, and Janice at the Baccala vacation home on the U.S./Canada border. Everyone commences celebrating Tony's birthday with booze and board games, when a drunken Tony begins making snide remarks about Janice. After holding in his anger for a while, Bobby takes a swing at Tony, and a huge brawl ensues, building further on a tense relationship between Bobby and his brother-in-law/boss, who's manliness/power is now in question. It's a brutal fight between two men so desperate to hold the crew and their families together. ***End of Spoiler***
All in all, it's a good episode, but one that will probably be forgettable in the whole scheme of the show. But of course, the opening episode of a season is usually just a teaser for the action and turmoil to come, and this one leaves a lot of room for huge possibilities in the next 7 installments.
Tony and Carmela pay a visit to Janice and Bobby in their new digs way up north. AJ throws a party at the Soprano house in their absence. The high point of the episode has Tony constantly needling Janice until Big Bad Bobby's had enough. He proceeds to beat up Tony real good. Watching these two aging grizzly bears go at it is a bit scary as the fight is staged like all fights on this show: no-holds barred and uber-realistic. Having the two women screaming for their men to stop only adds to the sense of danger. Also, it is a shocker to see Tony laid out on the floor, semi-conscious, only a few episodes after watching him almost die after being shot point-blank.
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im gobsmacked about this episode. how the producers could take hard man/mafia boss tony. and make him look like a wimp, he gets the crap kicked out of him by his brother in law, "blobby bobby" and i kinda got the impression bobby is gonna be the head of the soprano family, i know how weird it sounds, but they,ve changed bobby,s character. it kinda disappointed me to see tony get hammered by him. but, if we know tony as well as we think we do, it ain't the end of it. tony finally gets bobby at the end to wack someone, but the bloke he kills rips part of bobby shirt off, and im thinking their gonna nail him for DNA in the later episodes. maybe tony knew this and did it as a result of revenge for getting his ass kicked. it didn't really mention anything about the conflict between him and phil either, watch it for yourselves and see what u think,
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