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The Sopranos: The Complete Second Season
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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.
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"The Sopranos: The Complete Second Season" has to be my favorite season. As much as I love the first one, this was when things were really funny, intense, dramatic and involving. The season doesn't let us down when it comes to Tony having more problems than ever before. Both in his Mafia Family and his immediate family, Tony can never get a break. His wife gives him grief while his kids keep doing things that upset him. And don't get me started on his ill mother and self-centered sister. Life isn't much better in his Mafia Family when the brother of Jackie is released from prison and is giving Tony a hard time both personally and professionally. Not to mention that his long time friend, Big P. comes back from a long hiatus when he was first suspected of turning rat to the Feds. All of this leads to one incredible and unpredictable season that showcases the show like none other.
For me, this was the most entertaining season of them all. I loved the characters, the constantly changing storylines, and the personal and business life of Tony Soprano, which is superbly balanced in this season. There's still the much appreciated humor in these episodes that were found lacking in the next two seasons. It doesn't feel like a soap opera, but a more enhanced look into the Mafia world.Read more ›
James Gandolfini, Edie Falco, Lorraine Bracco and all of the other outstanding actors for this series bring such a liveliness and depth of character to each character that each and every one of them deserves all of the accolades they've received and will continue to receive for their performances in this pivotal series.
Series creator David Chase can only be described a pure genius for "The Sopranos!" No other movie or series has ever taken a look at the mob life such as this one and it works brilliantly from episode to episode, there's never a dull moment. I truly enjoy how they work in clues in one episode that may payoff in that episode or it may take several episodes before it pays off, it's just brilliant. "The Sopranos" is truly episodic drama at its finest!
Even though I do find that the pricing for the boxed DVD set is a bit high considering that there are only thirteen episodes per season, it is worth every penny as it will give you an opportunity to get caught up on the entire season. Due to job responsibilities at the time, I didn't get caught on to this show until recently and I can only imagine the wait between episodes and seasons on HBO, as I will soon be discovering as the fifth season rolls in here in a few months.Read more ›
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I was decepointed because i couldnt watch disk 3 because it has scuff marks but the item was new and sealed so its not amazons fault but still very disapointedPublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
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