Forgive me, television fans, for I have most certainly sinned. Here we are, on the eve of the series finale of ‘The Sopranos’, and I must admit to you all that I’ve never watched a single episode of the series in its entirety. So here I am, as an intrepid television blogger, forced to be woefully ignorant on what is likely to be one of the biggest series finales of the past few years. Part of me always worries that Tony Soprano will abduct me and I’ll end up like the corpses in the above photo.
In a perfect world, I would have watched the series. I should, then, be writing all about how I feel The Sopranos was as a whole, I should be writing a review of the finale…but I can’t. But, I feel like I should nonetheless spend some time reminiscing about The Sopranos, although in a slightly different way. As a result, I present the five reasons why I never got into The Sopranos.
5. I Am But a Youngin’
Yes: I was but 13 years old when the series first premiered, so let’s just say that it wasn’t exactly standard viewing for someone in that age group. At that young age, I was fascinated that CTV was eventually able to pick up the series and air it censorship free considering its content. My only memory of the series from this period was flipping onto CTV, finding strippers, and being very confused. (Not by strippers in general, but by them being on CTV at like 10:30 pm on a Sunday, just to be clear).
4. Canada, eh?
Living in Canada means that HBO isn’t standard, and The Movie Network was a bit slow on the uptake with the series’ first season. More importantly, however, I don’t think we actually got The Movie Network at that point. This made it somewhat difficult to follow the series even as I grew older and more into the show’s audience range.
3. The Ridiculously Overpriced DVDs
The Sopranos, it seems, is not a series that HBO wants people to get caught up on. While the earlier seasons are now down to $40 American, new sets remain at ludicrously high prices. Considering that the TV DVD craze hit when it did, HBO remains a highly priced brand that makes it nearly impossible to catch up on their series without breaking the bank.
2. The Timing of my TV Revolution
With University came a new obsession with television, and it also meant catching up with old series I hadn’t quite watched on a regular basis. However, The Sopranos happened to be decidedly on hiatus during my first year of university. At the very time I was opening my world to other series (Such as The Office (US), Arrested Development, etc.), The Sopranos was not on the cultural radar enough for me to consider it an option.
And the #1 Reason I’ve Never Watched the Sopranos is…
1. Sometimes its Best to Wait
To be honest, part of me has almost held back on purpose for a variety of reasons. I admit I held a certain amount of animosity against the series as it was nominated for so many Emmy awards as opposed to shows I watched. And, there is always something about a show so very critically adored that makes you want to stay away almost in spite. I regret all of this now, mind you, but perhaps there is something good to come out of it.
Now, I am faced with the task of sifting through 6 seasons of a highly regarded TV drama…and I kind of like that task. While I’m unlikely to ever do it again, the idea of being able to spend time sifting through all of Tony Soprano’s indiscretions, to be able to see A.J. and Meadow grow up, finally get to see what makes Edie Falco and Lorraine Bracco so amazing in their roles, and maybe find out for myself what all the fuss was about. And, do you know what? That actually sounds kind of interesting.
So, as the series comes to a close tonight, I hope that it is satisfying and powerful television for those who have been watching the show since it began in 1999. For the rest of us, those who have never jumped on the bandwagon, I can only hope that the finale, when I finally get around to watching it, is as similarly satisfying for my future self. I might have never watched the Sopranos, but trust me: I will. Eventually.