"All things move toward their end, on that you can be sure," Nick Cave, Song of Joy.
Endings are tough. Typically tv shows are prematurely axed or they fade out with a whimper, with scant notice of their passing. Not so The Sopranos. Anyone excited by top-notch film production; meticulous, detail-oriented, and compusively watchable story lines; and masterful acting needs to see this box set.
After almost a decade of mayhem and malfeasance, Tony Soprano and his crew are ripe for the picking, and Phil Leotardo, an irascible and slightly unhinged mobster, might just be the man to put them all under. Just when a leader needs his troops to rally behind him the most, Tony finds himself questioning his underlings' loyalties and abilities.
The end is near; the stakes are higher this time around. The Sopranos has regularly offed major characters throughout its history, so prepare to see some of your long-time favourites meet their ends. The peerless cast rises to the test - they're certainly not endearing but absolutely human. I particularly enjoy how a character can rationalize their own bad behaviour, but scorns the same traits in others.
And how about that ending? You love it or you don't, but six months after the screen went black, people are still talking about it.