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Monday, March 20, 2006 |
( 3/20/2006 05:52:00 PM ) Bill S.
KEVIN FINNERTY – Was intrigued to note that Sopranos creator David Cross didn't take the opening episode for this season – but instead chose to tackle the second, more surreal offering: a powerful blend of dreamy set-pieces and tough-nosed emotions (let's give a big whew! to Edie Falco for the latter) revolving around the seriously injured and hospitalized Tony S. Some swell small character moments in this outing: from sister Janice's histrionic look-at-me performance in the hospital room to son A.J's sullenly ineffectual vow to avenge his father's shooting (anyone notice how much he sounds like the equally boneheaded Christopher in that scene?) to shooter Junior Soprano's disjointed police interrogation. If one of The Sopranos' big themes is that family will do you in just as inexorably as a gangland contract (even as an honest working stiff in his dreams, Tony gets ground down by his loved ones), it's also ever willing to give each family member their emotional due. Looks to be a particularly ripe round of episodes, folks – perhaps all those months waitin' between seasons will have been worth it . . .