MY FAVORITE EPISODES OF THE SOPRANOS
Yes, I realize I'm over a decade late, but I just watched the genius that is The Sopranos for the first time.
- •Pine Barrens (S3E11)Helmed by my beloved duo from Boardwalk Empire (written by Terence Winter; directed by Steve Buscemi), this episode follows Chris & Paulie while they're lost in the woods. It's supremely dark and hilarious. "Guy was an interior decorator."
- •Whitecaps (S4E13)This episode makes the list for the inevitable Carmela & Tony blowout. It's intense, but it's a pleasure to watch because the performances are next level.
- •Long Term Parking (S5E12)Another inevitable episode – Adriana came clean about the feds. Even though I knew it wouldn't end well, this episode probably best illustrated what the institution of 'the mafia' entails.
- •Whoever Did This (S4E9)Loved this one not only because I despised Ralph, but also because Tony's adoration for animals fascinated me.
- •The Test Dream (S5E11)The show was no stranger to dreams or psychology, and people either loved or hated it. Obviously I fall in the former camp. Tony's dreams yet again guide him to a decision that needs to be made. The episode was co-written by Matt Weiner, creator of Mad Men, so I also loved elements we would later see in Don Draper and other anti-heroes, especially prevalent here.
- •Made in America (S6E21)Love, love, LOVED the ending. The ambiguity was perfect, and as David Chase said: it's all there. I'm of the camp that Tony is killed given all the signs and the direction of the final scene (Master of Sopranos has an awesome analysis). Only complaint? Janice didn't die. I was holding out hope.