|The Sopranos - The Complete Fourth Season
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The entire fourth season of the television program about the complicated life of New Jersey mob boss, Tony Soprano.
Genre: Television: HBO
Release Date: 28-OCT-2003
Media Type: DVD
Carmela to Tony: "Everything comes to an end." True enough, Mrs. Sope, but on The Sopranos, the end comes sooner for some than others. 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, and subsequent best actor and actress wins for James Gandolfini and Edie Falco as Tony and Carmela, whose estrangement provides the season with its most powerful drama, as well as a win for Joe Pantoliano's psychopath Ralph. The season finale, "Whitecaps," was a long-time-coming episode, in which Carmela at last stands up to "toxic" Tony, and "Whoever Did This" was the season's--and one of the series'--most shocking episodes.
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
- Good show but can be better.
I did enjoy the fourth season of the Sopranos. However, this season was very slow and boring at times. Here are a few of my problems with this season:
1. Very bad move killing off Ralphie. Ralph Ciferatto is one of the most interesting characters on the show. He has really been developed over the third and fourth season. Joe Pantoliano plays him brilliantly. You never know what to expect from Ralphie; charm, a sharp wit, an inappropriate insult, a strange sexual deviance, or completely crazy move of killing an innocent woman. This is what makes him so interesting. Getting rid of him robs the viewers of one of the best parts of the show.
2. Many story lines started, developed, then disappeared from the radar. Meadow was about to go to Europe in defiance of her parents. This story was building for a few episodes. Then the writers just dropped it and she was back registering for classes. No transition or resolution.
3. Along the disappearing stories, the biggest omission of all by the writers this season, had the best potential for greatness. Remember that great episode in the third season when Paulie and Chris tried to kill the Russian in the woods? He got away, although injured, and it was hinted that he stole their car. What happened to this story? Would have been great if he had resurfaced somewhere in the fourth season hell bent on revenge. He was suppossed to be a commmando. Great potential here missed.
4. Which brings me to my last suggestion. The season was boring at times because there was a lack of suspense and conflict. How about introducing a new character or two? Or maybe a war with another family? Something to unite or divide the whole clan would have added more suspense and interest....more info
- Best Soprano's ever!
I didn't think it was possible, this show just keeps getting better!...more info
- Tony has fidelity problems with both of his families
While watching the fourth season of "The Sopranos" it occurred to me that one of the defining moments in the history of the series was when Dr. Malfi was attacked and we waited for her to break down and tell Tony so that her assailant would disappear. But she refuses to do it, even though it would be so easy to do. All throughout the fourth season of "The Sopranos" there are several things that we are convinced that are going to happen that do not happen. Of course, the other broad clue that this was going to become a key element of the show was when Ralph made it all the way through the third season. We should have known that his ticket getting punched was going to be a surprise, even if it was a long anticipated event.
The original tagline of the HBO series was that if one family did not get him, the other one would, and that is especially true in the fourth season, although in different ways from the first. The bonds of fidelity are tested in these episodes as the decision to promote Ralph instead of whacking him creates cracks in the Soprano family that are exploited by both outsider and, rather surprisingly, insiders as well. As Tony makes a concerted effort to bond with Christopher as his true blood heir, Christopher's relationship with Adriana is tested as well. Meanwhile, with Meadow away at college and Anthony, Jr. off doing whatever, Carmella has a lot more time to think about things...and people, while Tony actually stops going to see his shrink (too soon, of course, as it turns out).
The open-ended format of "The Sopranos" is clearly the approach that the series is taking. If you are expecting everything from the third season that you wanted to see wrapped up handled during this one, you are going to be disappointed. One of the reasons this was such a strong season was that they kept throwing new items into the mix, and even with the bombshell dropped in the final episode you can really have no expectations for what will happen in the fifth season, set to premier Sunday, March 7th, 2004. The fourth season was not particularly bloody, with only seven bodies, but a couple were fairly significant and there were also a couple of significant animals that you could add to the body count if you wanted to. I have to admit that I did not think the show was that great when I finally got around to watching the first season (what series could actually meet such heightened expectations), but overall this is a superb series that manages to avoid expectations....more info
- When can they stop eating!!!
First, make no mistake; this is the show that could have just been the greatest TV series of all time if it were stopped at the end of the second season. On the other hand, it could also have been one of the great if it only extended to the third season. But now, by the end of the fourth season and with the announcement of the fifth season, it has stepped into a territory in which the distinction between good and bad becomes blurred.
As tragic as this might sound, it seems that all the originally great TV series just cannot escape the Bermuda of "not saying goodbye". To name a few, "The X-Files", "Friends", "90210" even the early shows like "The Growing Pains", are all perfect examples where the contents of the storyline get poorer and unconnected over time, where everybody ends up sleeping with everybody so the show can get through the day.
During the first two seasons, I could hardly notice dining scenes because I was so attached to the story and merely paid any attention to side effects. But as I was watching the fourth season, it really began to annoy me to see four, five, six or even more major scenes per episode involving eating meals. It is simply too much. Besides, the reason for me to notice this was, as some other reviewers pointed out, that the story has gotten poorly plotted. Random things happen for no reason and are completely unconnected whatsoever. By now, I really could not imagine what they would do for the fifth season, or even the sixth. Somehow, it seems the creators have just forgotten that starting is human, and concluding is divine....more info
- Tony is involved in more money and more sex.
Season One and two got you hooked and season Three left you yerning for more. Season Four has arrived. If you notice in the music intro, the snipet in the montage of the World Trade Center buildings is now gone. Out of respect for the people of what happened on Sept. 11, 2001. A mention of the tragedy is made in the first episode of this season. Tony is still wanting for his ducks to return. Tony Soprano is still a bad son of a gun. Abusive to his bartender for showing concern. His wife is pressuring him for more money. He then pressures his crime-organization for more money. The thing is Tony has loads of cash hidden in a secret concrete safe near the main house. His family doesn't even know about it. He has a secret safe outside too. Now the daughter has to see a psychiatrist. The first Soprano trial begins after 16 years. Disagreements get serious between the Italians and the Indians. Tony Jr. becomes worse in behavior. Tony Sr. gets involved in horse-racing wagering and of course more affairs with women. Dirt hits the fan for Tony. It's the wrath of Tony's wife. Linda Lavin appears in episode #41, Richard Romanus and Joyce Van Patten are in episode #42. Episodes contain profane language, sexual situations, nudity, graphic violence, blood and gore. Adults Only! There is an "Easter Egg" on Disc 2. Press in the down direction of awards and nominations. "HBO VIDEO" logo appears, click on it for a Soprano promo. The current episodes of "The Sopranos" can be seen on HBO (Home Box Office). The new season begins March 7, 2004....more info
- Season Four, Reconsidered
Upon its original airing, the fourth season of The Sopranos provoked a vocal and hostile response from the show's fans. Nothing happens, they would complain. The episodes wander aimlessly from one to the next. Plot lines are brought up and then dropped. Nobody gets whacked.
Viewers watching during its original airing can be excused for so thinking. Viewed one episode at a time, one week at a time, it was easy to feel dragged along. It is no secret that The Sopranos wasn't built to last and was never really intended to go on past three seasons; once its original conceit was used up, David Chase and the writers needed to find a new direction.
As a result, Season Four has no overarching plot lines, such as Tony's rivalries with Junior or Ritchie, or clearly delineated character arcs like the downfall of Jackie Jr. or Tony's doomed relationship with Gloria. Instead, much of the "mafia" story was dedicated to getting us better acquainted with the Soprano family's relationship with Johnny Sack, Carmine, and New York (storylines that pay off dividends in Season Five). Moreover, from the very first episode, "For All Debts Public and Private," Season Four has a sense of impending, post-9/11 dread; every week gave viewers the sense that something "big" was about to happen -- that Tony would discover Paulie "talking out of school," that the Feds would put the screws into Adrianna, that Carmela would consummate her flirtations with Furio -- but it never did. And when a major character did meet his untimely end, it came as an inevitability rather than a release. The buildup of tension that was never released undoubtedly led to the frustration of many viewers.
Still, on a second viewing, with Season Five behind us and without the suspense of waiting to find out what happens next, Season Four plays remarkably well. On DVD, unbound from the constraints serial-viewing and the weekly suspense of waiting for a new episode, the pace of the season improves dramatically, and the richness of each episode becomes apparent. "No Show" contrasts Meadow's post-adolescent ennui with Christopher's "learning curve" as acting capo. "Everybody Hurts" and "Watching Too Much Television" are two of the best self-contained episodes of the series. In addition to genuine suspense, "The Weight" shows us Johnny Sack's genuine affection for his overweight wife, foreshadowing events between Tony and Carmela. "Eloise" puts the finishing touches on the portrait of Carmela's bourgeois hell-of-her-own-creation touched on in "Second Opinion" and "Amour Fou" (both Season Three). The finale, "Whitecaps," plays out like a 75-minute version of Bergman's Scenes from a Marriage; it's the most brutal episode of the series (despite the fact that no regular character is expended), with Gandolfini and Falco giving two of the most devastating performances on television. Even the season's one true clunker "Christopher" -- a misguided course in Identity Politics 101 -- plays much better when you're not expecting anything more.
In Season Four, we were still learning how to watch The Sopranos and learning the demands it places on the viewer. Like life, it's messy. Entropy and inertia triumph over the artifice of resolution and the fiction of "closure." Conflicts are not resolved; they fester. What seemed desperately important one day is crowded out by new pressures and priorities. But this direction should be reason for celebration, not criticism. If the series doesn't conform to audience expectations, aren't we the better for it? In the 70s, they had a term for movies that didn't adopt standard notions of narrative form: they called them "Art Films."
In the final analysis, if Season Four does not live up to prior seasons, it is only because Seasons One, Two, and Three set the bar so high. (Compare Season 4 and the comparable season of, say, ER and then get back to me.) Rather than trying to carry on as a pale imitation of its predecessors, in Season Four the series evolves in a new direction, demanding more of the viewer, but proving why The Sopranos is the best show in the history of television....more info
- Product not Content issue
First, let me say I love the series, even though season 4 left a bunch of us saying "WTF was that?" allot. It was still better than most everything else out there.
My issue is with the DVD's themselves. I had numerous problems with skipping, stopping and general bad play issue with this season of DVD's. After paying $50 for these I was not expecting this kind of quality. Of course we had been watching the series in sequence so by the time I found this it was too late to return it. I even checked to see it they may be counterfeit but from all appearances they appear to be genuine. Was I the only one who had this issue?
In any case, starting season 5 now and they appear to at least work properly.... ...more info
- sopranos fourth season
great series - i've really enjoyed it - too bad that it was only shown on a cable station as I didn't have access to cable and knew nothing about the series until it appeared on disk...more info
- The Best Entertainment Out There
In the Sopranos Season 4, we see a bit of a shake up on many levels. We see trust damaged, we see human frailty, we see what happens when someone hits their breaking point, we see some good things come to an end and a beginning for other things to come. We see a series smack in the middle of their prime, and you wonder, where will it go from here?
Again, I have to say that it still surprises me that a show like this, can capture such a huge audience, even a fan like myself (who is not normally into this sort of thing). But it shouldn't be shocking, not when you have such a large outstanding cast and creative and gifted writers like this show does. And why is it so huge? Because this show does what many can't- and that's to be about more than one or two central premises. The Sopranos is about a lot of things, one of which is organized crime. But even more it's about family, friendships, morals, inner turmoil. I think it's the characters struggles that we relate to the most. Well, but don't get me wrong, we all enjoy the excitement of the family business as well! That's what we can't look away from, that's where we inhale a breath and hold it, wondering what's going to happen next.
Buy it, rent it, borrow it, whatever you have to do, just do it. Get this show and watch it. It's the best entertainment there is out there!...more info
- Great Episodes. A very good season.
The fourth season was erratic in terms of storytelling but Christopher's substance abuse problems and the related consequences with other characters provided among the best, if not the best, scenes out of all four years. The other characters and stories are very good also (and compared to almost any other show, except maybe Six Feet Under, even an "ok" Sopranos is well beyond any other show in terms of drama and character development). In terms of the DVD my only complaint is that there are not enough commentary tracks offered. Still worth buying....more info
Package was perfect. Product was perfect. Delivered on time. What more could you ask for....more info
- Best year of series !!!!!
This is the best year I sow from Sopranos, it's gorgeous.
Recommended for all...
- a little loose around the edges
Bottom line: this is not as good as series 1-3. That's not to say it's terrible - it had a hard act to follow. Where series 1 and 2 had an edgy Friday night tension to them, this perhaps picks up where series 3 was heading, into more lazy and rambling Sunday afternoon territory. Much of tension from series two, especially from Richie, seems to have evaporated, to be replaced by (OK, fair's fair quite bold) rambly discourses on topics such as race relations and sado-masochistic sex. Most of the running plot, of what there is, just doesn't seem to bite - will Furio hook up with Carmela, will Chris stop using the H?. will Ralph end up dead? Plus Tony is in a strange mood all series and makes a series of strange moves - would series two Tony ever have hooked up with Valencia La Paz after Ralph? - and the budding "romance" between Janice and Bobby Baccala had me reaching for the FF every time.......more info
- Season Four - "Soparano's"
The "Soprano's" continues to entertain and indulge the viewer in the ongoing saga of life in organized crime. There is not as much nudity as in the previous seasons (good or bad?)....more info
- Sopranos; 4th season
very good on the whole. don't really care for the 'Janice' character. find the character annoying, but think the acting is poor too. the rest of the characters were very good....more info
- SEASON 4 IS GOOD BUT NOT AS GOOD
With season 4 the series starts to slide a little. I don't think the show is weaker,it's just that how long can you watch a story before it starts to seem like you been there done that already? Look, I love the Godfather one and two,but three is just not as good. The total time it takes to watch the first two Godfather films is a little over 5 hours! That won't even get you through season one of the Sopranos. I hope I speak for everyone out there when I say that as good as the Sopranos is, it will never come closed to the Godfather movies. So I guess it is just starting to get old. I will certainly be watching the finale episodes, I just hope it isn't too big a let down. For those who are interested the DVD set has great transfers, but few interesting extras....more info
- Sopranos Rule
Tony and the rest of his peeps offer the greates entertainment value on the market, on or off television. And the "New Sex Now" dvd offers unparalleled value as instructional enligtenment for adults....more info
- The Sopranos fourth season contines the story of Tony Soprano
Many people thought that the fourth season of The Sopranos was too much talking, not enough whacking. However that didn't stop this season from delivering masterpieces of confrontations and back stabbing. In this season Tony Soprano's relationship with his wife starts to take a turn for the worse, his business associates are starting to work behind his back, and then to top it all off someone may be talking to the feds...
This season comes with the usual 13 episodes, including:
For All Debts Public and Private: A slowing economy is affecting business, and the Sopranos are finding money a little tight nowadays, and Carmela [Tony's wife] is starting to worry about insurance issues. Adriana has made a new friend, who doesn't really get along with Adriana's fianc¨¦, Christopher. Meanwhile Paulie is behind bars on a gun rap, and he starts finding resentment toward Tony. And finally Christopher sets his sights on avenging an old murder.
No-Show: With Paulie behind bars, Christopher is put in charge of Paulie's turf. Meadow [Tony and Carmela's daughter] decides to take a year off from college to go to Europe, much to the objection of her parents. A construction site is starting to become a hotbed of criminal activity, and Tony has harsh words for his sister Janice's new relationship with Ralph, a made guy.
Christopher: Tony's uncle, Uncle Junior, is on trial for his life. Silvio and Furio intend to make sure a Native American protest does not stop the Columbus Day Parade as their pride sets in. Bobby Bacala suffers a loss that affects everyone in the family, especially Janice. Paulie starts talking to Johnny Sack, a New York crime boss, which includes several eyebrow raising topics. Tony also starts to wonder whether or not someone is talking too much.
The Weight: After someone makes a joke about Johnny Sack's wife at a dinner party, Johnny Sack goes on a rampage of words and threats. When the fighting of words and actions gets out of control, something must be done. Christopher and Silvio go on search for someone to take a hit, and it leads them to a group of men who seem past their prime, but are as deadly as ever. Carmela and Furio start a close relationship, and finally Meadow decides to volunteer to work at the South Bronx Law Center.
Pie Oh My: Tony starts taking an interest in a race horse that Ralph bought, and still has to deal with Carmela's insistence of investing in medical stocks. Adriana finds that the club Christopher gave her is now being used by Tony and his crew for "business" reasons. Meanwhile Uncle Junior is still in trial and now faces insult to injury when it comes to the court artist. Janice also reaches out to Junior's helper Bobby in his time of need.
Everybody Hurts: Artie, Tony's friend who owns a restaurant, finds that his new hostess is seductive enough to convince him to borrow money from Tony and give to her brother as a loan. However the brother can't pay the money back and now Artie is in debt to Tony. Christopher meanwhile has been given a lot more power in the family, but his drug addiction may get in the way of the responsibility he has to fulfill. Tony also hears news about his old mistress Gloria that sends him in a rage to Dr. Melfi.
Watching Too Much Television: Paulie finally gets out of jail and a party is held to welcome him back, however he still holds a couple of grudges, especially if it concerns his mother. Johnny Sack seems to be the only person who understands Paulie, so the two start talking. Carmela's cousin Brian, who is a financial advisor, tells Tony of a "hypothetical" housing scheme that would bring in a lot of money.
Mergers and Acquisitions: Tony has a lot more time on his hands now that he has Christopher running things for him. Ralph introduces Tony to his new girlfriend, Valentina, who is an art dealer. Paulie also gets his mom to go into the Green Grove nursing program, but is shocked when he sees how the other retirees treat his mom. Furio is in Italy and realizes a new revelation in his life and Carmela finds something really important in her own backyard...
Whoever Did This: Uncle Junior's case seems to be getting worse and worse, that is until an incident on the courtroom steps outside leads to an all new defense strategy. Meanwhile Ralph has some fun with Paulie's mother, and that only adds fuel to the fire that Paulie has been brewing for a while. However things take a turn for the worse for Ralph after his son is involved in an accident. [Really big twist in this episode!]
The Strong Silent Type: Tony and his crew are trying to find Ralph, who has mysteriously disappeared. Furio is back from Italy and is struggling to suppress his feelings for Carmela, who is struggling with feelings of her own. And finally Christopher's drug addiction is turning worse and worse, with Adrianna's pet dog the newest victim.
Calling All Cars: After a series of dreams follow Tony all through the night he now has to talk to Johnny Sack and another mob boss, Carmine, to contemplate the future of his new property business. Meanwhile Johnny Sack and Paulie are talking about Paulie's new loyalty to the New York crew. Janice is trying to move in on Bobby and his family, and AJ [Tony's son] gets on everyone's bad side after playing a mean trick on Bobby's kids. And finally Tony surprises Dr. Melfi after saying he doesn't want to be in therapy anymore.
Eloise: Tony continues to butt heads with Johnny Sack and Carmine who want in on the profit that Tony will get with his new housing scheme. Furio and Carmela continue their suppressed feelings relationship and Furio finds himself in the awkward position where he and Tony are out on the town with several ladies. Meanwhile everyone starts questioning Paulie's loyalty, but harsh reality hits Paulie when he gets to talk to Carmine. Meanwhile Carmela and Meadow start yet another argument.
Whitecaps: Tony buys a beachfront summer resort to calm down all the hassles in his family right now. It almost works until Carmela gets a call from someone in Tony's past that changes everything...Johnny Sack proposes a power play that relies on Tony's cooperation, and Tony needs Christopher now more than ever. The season also ends up in the air in a dramatic way as Tony deals with hassles in his family and his crew.
The fourth season of The Sopranos I thought was not a disappointment. The violence and killing is toned down a bit, but there are still twists in this season as well, especially in the ending. Plus James Gandolfini still does a wonderful job as Tony Soprano. The acting is superb, the drama is intense, and this is one season you should definitely get if you are a fan of The Sopranos...
- Great Season
Ok, I admit, I missed all Soprano's seasons until I got the first season for my birthday last month. I enjoyed the powerful acting and the evolving story of this dual family.
I have since, on my own, purchased and watched all four seasons. The fourth season would rate a 4.5 if Amazon would allow 0.5 ratings simply because it left "Whitecaps" in limbo for a long wait until the 5th season.
I think that Edie Falco's acting is some of the most dramatic and powerful I have ever seen, esp. in "Whitecaps" . I am proud to say that I am a new Soprano's Fan and look forward to the next season(s), albiet I hope they are not spaced so far apart.
- Very good and getting better
There has been a lot of flap-doodle about the fourth season being a bomb. This is simply not true. Every episode was very good. There has been talk about this being the last of the "The Sopranos" Don't believe it. If they were going to pull the plug on the series, Uncle Junior would not have received a mis-trial.
They would have thrown the book at him. Also, Tony would have ended up on a slab in the morgue after his wife shot him (in self defense). And Chris would still be the tratment center -
Pauly would have been picked up on a murder rap for wasting the old lady, and the list goes on. We still have to find out how Tony will react to the change Pauly made of him in the painting with Pie-O-My. There are to many good things yet to be revealed in this series, so believe me, they will be back. And millions are awaiting this in great anticipation....more info
- Yet another Masterpiece
When I watched the first series of Soprano's, I got hooked. As soon as the Series come out on DVD, I order them...the only problem is, I have to watch them in one go...so a whole weekend is gone but it's definately worth it. It's a must for every ''Italian Mafiaholic''...more info
- another sell-out
david chase said there would only be 3 seasons of the sopranos. HBO tossed a truck load of money at him and changed his mind. does it show? you bet. this is atrocious TV. the episodes are pointless and degrading to the brilliance that the show aspired to. unfortunately, too many people go ahead and defend something that was once great without looking at it objectively. empires fall, people, and the sopranos have fallen. the characters, situations, concepts, story-lines and subplots are misguided, come from nowhere, go nowhere and are dull. episodes like the columbus day parade episode are a travesty. have they really run out of ideas in only three seasons? as much as i hate low-brow manipulation, 24 is putting the sopranos to shame. they should have quit while they were ahead and PLEASE STOP PRODUCING GARBAGE JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE IS PAYING YOU MILLIONS FOR IT!
oh, the acting is still brilliant - from all of them - they just have nothing decent to work with....more info
- white caps
"when you start eating SAPRANOS you can't stop!" Hi! am a student from Shanghai JiaoTong Univ.china,oooh!thank God i finish watching the fourth season two days ago! am too thirsty now,i want to have the 5th seasons!am looking foward to see it!for those who did,ooooohps! you miss grest meal on the table!,while your stomuch sing something(want to be feeded).am very interest to know what's gonna happen ! its true,sapranos is the best!.
thanks in advance.
- Phenomenal Season
Season 4 was another fine instalment to a ground-breaking series. Sure, many would like to see more "whacking" and such; however, the mob element of the storyline is simply background to what is a superbly crafted family drama. "If one family doesn't kill him the other one will" was how HBO marketed the series from day one; an observation that is very astute.
Season 4 built on themes that have been around since the first season: Tony's increasing isolation from his own family and his business family; Carmela's moral issues with respect to her husband's career in "solid waste management", and the effects that the "business" has on everyone around them (Dr. Melfi, civilians, AJ and Meadow's friends, to name just a few. Replace the Mob element of the storyline with nearly any other type of career and the show would still shine. Picture the Sopranos family as a political family or oil business family, that would be interesting. But, there is something special about stories involving the intrigue of the mob isn't there?
In the end, Season 4 moved the plot along very well and has set us up for a phenomenal conclusion to the Sopranos' family history. (Re)discover a great Season 4 and bring on Season 5!...more info
I have found the series 4 season a great watch as i have every other season, well done and thank you...more info
- not boring like some say but not sopranos like others say
okay, this season is hard to talk about (heck, they all are but earlier ones for different reasons, ie lack of befitting superlatives); no, this fourth season is heartbreaking-and not just for carmela and tony. watching the series in one fell swoop the problems are even more jarring. it's like an entire episode is missing from the set. plots begin and end without lead-ins or follow-ups. i don't know if there were production or cast problems early in the season but it sure seems like there were. christopher in rehab-never touched once, come on, that screams to be shown (cold turkey days, interacting at group, the steps). ralphie and janice-starts like a whim (not how the plotting soprano sis usually operates) ends with a whimper. meadow just moves into an apartment? with two other roommates the parents never meet?? and one of them is a guy (who, much to tony's chagrin, is not gay)??? and she's suddenly in love with a new fellow without so much as a mention?! as for all the complaining about the season being boring due to a lack of killing, this is just stupid. there's plenty of entertaining beatings and murders; as well as some inspired monologues (Colombus day and Syvetlana come to mind). the episodes' problems are that the pacing and plotting is off. it is as if they were completing the writing throughout filming of the season which is certainly not how the previous, almost operatic and finely-tuned, seasons felt. on the plus side the last two eps are up there in the pantheon and compared to other tv shows this season rates a four....more info
- Greatest Show Just Plain Brilliant
I still don't understand people who don't like the 4th season of the Sopranos. They completely miss the whole point of the show and that is we are watching a show about a mobster and his family and friends. Do you think in the real mob it is constant whackings and shootings, no they have real problems and real issues, hence Tony seeing Dr. Melfi. That is the brilliance of the show we get to see the inner workings of the mob even if it be just sitting down for Sunday dinner. The fourth season had some great performances and the setup for the next two season's is great. Especially with the future of Christopher and his rising stock that could be a disaster down the road. A great season and I can't wait till season 5 I am sure it won't disappoint it hasn't yet for me....more info
Barnes and Noble sells this for $69.95....more info
- GIVE ME MORE
The season that keeps delivering season after season is back and season 4 will not dissapoint. lots of action lots of drama. What can I say the show wins awards because it's darn right awesome. If you have invested in the first 3 season and liked them yuou will love season 4. ...more info
- The Sopranos Gets 2 Thumbs Up
So many hidden clues were pointed out and mentioned in this finely written season of The Sopranos. This season was all about the relationships within families. It showed the beginning of what is going to be the end. The acting is so perfect, the actors and actresses really fit the glove of the characters. The Sopranos isn't just about organized crime, it's about modern families and how they stick together through thick and thin. When you watch The Sopranos, every sentence has a clue of what is to come. This would be my 2nd favorite season after the 2nd season. David Chase really stepped up to his word, and deserves credit, and so does the cast along the writers.
What makes this season so nicely arranged, is it left the viewers wondering of what is to come. So many problems are left unsolved. That is what The Sopranos are all about. You never really expect who's next to sleep with the fishes.
This season really brought up the images of the characters that were not really in the action last season. With Adriana being the rat, this season, really made the show more interesting, it kind of reminded me of those old days when Big Pussy was around. With Furio having feelings for Carmela, really polished the image of Sopranos. Junior got off the trial really hyped up the relationship between the family. Johnny Sack conspires to cap Carmine. So many things have left us wondering. Even if Tony does bad things in his life, he's still a family man. He loves his wife. The show lets the viewer realize that these
kinds of situations happen in real life.
If youre a Sopranos fanatic, you will find many clues this season. I would suggest every individual with a taste in organized crime to get this DVD. The Sopranos combine humor, romance, crime, and action into one.
This season gets 2 thumbs up!!!...more info