I liked Sly B's post about Deadwood (and Jorge's, and her name) a lot. She and I watched the latest episode of The Sopranos last night, and whooo boy. Her post has resonated with me all day as I've replayed the episode over and over again.
**Spoiler Alert** If you haven't watched the latest episode yet, and don't want to know, stop reading.
I think The Sopranos was unique when it premiered because it gave us a main character that was morally reprehensible, but also was someone that we could grow to care about and sympathize with. After all these years, I love Tony. I identify with him, and I hope he finds happiness. The writers set me up 100% for the HUGE slap right in the kisser from the episode we watched last night. It's almost like David Chase sat back and said, "Keep on watching, suckers. Keep on loving him. You're forgetting that he's criminally insane."
Tony is a sociopath. A lovable, overweight, boxer-short wearing sociopath. His near death experience last season, along with his reconnection with Carmella made me almost totally forget that he is a despicable guy. Then he goes and smothers Chris. Oh yeah! He is a murderer, he was irreparably damaged by his parents (particularly his mother), and he's growing very paranoid. Holy shit, this is a great show.
Sly B said:
One of the things that makes Deadwood so incredible is its sudden, surprising moments of gentleness and sweetness. In the midst of all the profanity, violence, and vulgarity are shining moments of humanity.
I could say that with Sopranos we have the opposite. We have had lots and lots of sweet moments with Tony, and now WHAMMO!!, we have the real Tony back.