ok, so i'm a lurker but i really want to talk about this 'Made in America' episode.. I have watched it 4 times now, and I keep thinking about it a lot. I recorded it and didn't get to watch it until Tuesday. By that time, I had already accidentally read a few spoilers (they were impossible to miss), and the references to the 'Members Only' jacket had me thinking about Season6's first episode, titled 'Members Only'. That was the one where Junior shoots Tony, and leads into the next episode where Tony dreams about becoming salesman, Kevin Finerty. A trippy near-death dream episode. So that had me already wondering if it was going to be a near death/dream episode.
And I totally think it was. The whole episode is trippy and dreamy (for example, the airplane going overhead swerving, then the train sounds suddenly stopping when they are in the sitdown. the return of Hunter for a few seconds, and she is a medstudent (hunter would not have been a med student!) and the people throwing up after phil's head getting crushed, the 1 second scene when tony tells carmella that AJ wants to enlist, and of course Tony watching himself at the restaurant.) After watching it a few times, I am totally convinced that Tony has died, but I think that he was killed after he fell asleep at the end of the previous episode (he never saw it coming).
The entire final episode is a dream that Tony takes before he finally dies at the very end of the episode. He dreams this after he gets shot at the end of the previous episode (or should I say 'when he gets shot, after the previous episode ends'). Camella is happy, AJ becomes enlightened, Meadow gets a super fat job offer, Phil acting goofy with babies then getting his head crushed, AJ says, "you are in a dream!", agent harris helping Tony (and the creepy scene when he finds out that Phil has been killed - he slaps the desk and says, "were going to win this thing"). The feds were listening in on Tony's conversation (he had that paranoid thought one last time) Then they go to AJ's psych and she is smiling at Tony as he starts going off about his mother one final time. And the cat (because it was staring at Christopher, I wonder if it has some reference to Adrianna? And Silvio getting the pedicure (lol)- that was wierd. When the SUV blows up, the Dylan music starts melting in slow motion as if it were a tape.
The first time I watched this episode, I was convinced it was a dream. I just thought that at the end, Tony would wake up in the hospital with his family around him (sunday night, drudge report said, "HBO chooses life", so i thought tony had lived. Drudge also said everyone was mad at the ending- I was thinking that everyone was mad with the episode becuase it was a lame episode... it turns out that people are mad becuase they just don't get it!) Anyway, instead of Tony waking up with his family around him , it faded to black (or should i say, it slammed black darkness in your face!).
That Journey song is now going through my head. When AJ reminds Tony to remember the good times is one of the most beautiful moments in Sopranos history. The episode that Tony takes peyote was amazing, this season was my favorite. I am totally blown away by the final episode. I laughed, I cried.
RIP, Tony Soprano