Last month I reviewed the first three seasons of the Sopranos (three, two, one). This month I finished watching it.
The last three seasons kind of blended together. More visits to the therapist to talk about feelings, more gabagool, more of characters complaining about their lives.
My biggest problem with the show is that all of the non-mobster characters seem totally inept, like they aren't capable of thinking for themselves. On some episodes the violence and mob deals seem to take a back seat... just so annoying characters (the wives in particular) could demonstrate how lazy, indecisive and dependant they are.
Another problem with the show is that the small video clips that play during the DVD episode selection contain spoilers.
Overall though, it was an entertaining show. The way that the mobsters dealt with problems was always interesting.
I tried watching some of the DVD commentary last night, didn't like it very much. Seemed like the actors/writers/etc just talking about how great they are at their jobs, meh.
I had to take a break for about a week part way through this season. The series seems to have more scenes in a doctor's office than I cared to see, having the main character talk about his feelings in excruciating detail. They could have let the viewer figure out what his motives are for some things.
Still pretty enjoyable, I liked the finale a lot. Also, the episode that Steve Buscemi directed was excellent. The contrast of the peaceful nature scene with the characters violent intentions was great.
The show originally aired on HBO, which I didn't have a subscription to. Later, a censored version was syndicated on one of the basic TV cable channels. I saw a few episodes, really liked them, and decided that I wanted to wait and purchase the full flavored version.
Fast forward about six years, Amazon.ca was having a sale on some TV DVDs, so I picked up the complete Sopranos series. Yesterday (Friday) the package was left on my doorstep, so this weekend I'm having a Sporanos binge.
The first season was great, a lot of character development with some mobster violence. The pace of the storytelling seemed very fluid, dialog seemed natural given the context of the world the show takes place in.
Sometimes the show would date itself, Nintendo 64 and CRT monitors are some examples. I also thought the box art was kind of cheesy, would have preferred a cityscape or something, rather than poorly cropped character portraits against a solid background.
I picked up this video streaming player from Walmart for about $100. This was the top-of-the line Roku player, I was mainly going to use it to watch Netflix and Youtube.
Fast user interface
Wired ethernet connection
Uses less electricity than a regular computer
Takes up almost almost no space on TV stand
No HDMI cable included in box
No Youtube support
No web browser
The channels (apps you can download) are extremely low quality
There is technically a way to watch Youtube: install a third party media streaming program onto a server then stream the output from that to the Roku, but that defeats the purpose of a low powered streaming device.
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