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Sopranos, The: The Complete Second Season (DVD)
In its second season, The Sopranos sustains the edgy intelligence and unpredictable, genre-warping narrative momentum that made this modern mob saga the most critically acclaimed series of the late 1990s. Creator-producer David Chase repeatedly defies formula to let the narrative turn as a direct consequence of the characters' behavior, letting everyone in this rogue's gallery of Mafiosi, friends, and family evolve and deepen.
That gamble is most apparent in the rupture of the relationship that formed the spine of the first season, the tangled ties between capo Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) and monstrous matriarch Livia (Nancy Marchand), whose betrayal makes Tony's estrangement a logical response. Filling that vacuum, however, is prodigal sister Janice (Aida Turturro), whose New Age flakiness never successfully conceals her underlying calculation and opportunism. Soprano's relationship with therapist Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco) also frays during early episodes, as she struggles with escalating doubts about her mobbed-up patient. At home, Tony contends with wife Carmela's ruthless ambitions on behalf of college-bound Meadow, as well as son Anthony Jr.'s sullen adolescent flirtation with existentialism--the sort of touch that the show handles with a smart mix of sympathy and amusement.
Without spoiling the surprise of the season's climactic last episode, it's worth noting that only on The Sopranos could we expect a scene that sets up a mob hit with a perversely funny touch of magic realism--a talking fish, lying on a fishmonger's iced display, speaking with the voice of the victim. It's a touch at once morbid and goofy, and consistent with the show's undimmed brilliance. --Sam Sutherland --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Beautiful follow up to season 1. The characters and their dynamics are now formed. A main character's betrayal to both Tony and his business erupt with poignant and violent... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Carolyn Dillon
After watching season 1, I had to get right into the 2nd season. It's great to watch this series in order as the names and stories make so much more sense! Great characters.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Perhaps one of the best TV drama series ever made, and in my opinion, it is (besides the prison show "OZ"). James Gandolfini is spectacular and so are his co-stars. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Joel R.
This show is great, but come on, does it really need to be so pricey when it comes out for sale? After all, you only get 4 CD's for this price. Read morePublished on May 6 2007 by D. Landry
I was totally looking forward to this second series of The Sopranos. Its amazing writing and compelling story lines are the finest ever to emerge from TV. Read morePublished on June 16 2004 by Joe Lemondeo