When the curtain finally closes on The Sopranos next week it will mark the end of an era, both in the fictionalized world of the television show, as well as one of the first true successes in Cable serial dramas. Without a doubt The Sopranos ushered in Cable driven programming as we know it today (see: The Wire, Big Love, Deadwood, Entourage, Weeds, etc), as well as, arguably, upping the ante, and quality, for traditional network programming (LOST anyone?).
While The Sopranos may have dipped in overall appeal over the course of the past two seasons, I’d be lying if I told you I was not on the edge of my seat Sunday evening, and can hardly wait to see how the final 58 minutes play out next week. How’s it going to go down? Guns blazing OK Corral style? One thing is certain though — the producers have a lot of loose ends to tie up and not a lot of time to do it.
Besides the storytelling, The Sopranos have always made interesting use of music throughout the course of its six season run. Both in framing of the story itself as well as incorporating tunes that would actually make sense in the world of Tony Soprano. And sometimes to a fault, according to an interview with one of the producers, in which he lamented the fact that to be true to the character it was necessary for Tony to have a deep love for cheesy late ’70s and early ’80s arena rock of his teenage years.
This past week, during the second to last show, an early scene set at the Bing used the swirling, psychedelic run of The Doors “When The Music’s Over” off the 1967 Strange Days album. ( Fast forward to the two minute, fifty three second mark in the tune to here the exact segment used ) While this has long been one of my favorite Doors songs, I think you would be hard pressed to find a strip joint using it as a pole-dance number. Without giving away key plot points and spoilers from the episode, I think it’s safe to say the use of the track was the producers winking at the audience, for indeed, the music is almost over – in more ways than one.