The scenes between Vito and Jim are the best thing about the whole series for me. The relationships through all six series that aren’t transactional and are genuinely tender you can count on one hand. Carmela and the decorator’s the only other one that comes to mind without looking.
Artie and Charmaine are such great characters, involved but not involved, conflicted with their own complicated issues. Artie’s loserism and charmaine’s history with tony casting a murky light over everything. So good, man.
A thing that struck me on this watch (and maybe I’m imagining it) is that there’s quite a clunky key change between Artie and Tony in series one. Iirc at the beginning they’re childhood friends, but not really that close, and yet by the end of that series they seem to have morphed into lifelong buddies with a deep history.
Yeah I’m sure you’re right, lots of clunky stuff about the first season innit. Though tbh most of the really terrible stuff I think of from season 1 is mostly in the pilot. Cartoon punch sound effects when they do over the college professor. Carmela whipping out an AK47 or whatever being possibly the biggest clunker of all though, ha.
I found the Carmela and Tony reconciliation stuff a bit clumsily done. The marriage seems definitively over, and relations are ice cold, then he just offers to buy her some land and she forgets all about it. Maybe I’m slightly misremembering.
Nah it’s when she goes to every lawyer in town and not one of them will touch her, and she’s looking out the window at that huge piece of shit floating in the pool that she realises that she has no option but to reconcile with him.
No option that would enable her to continue living the lifestyle she’s used to, anyway.
The teacher episode where he instantly calls her out on her manipulation is a big one too. She is so used to doing it that she doesn’t even realize she is doing it - that moment of insight that she is better off with a big stupid prick that she can transact with to get what she wants from life is swiftly followed by “fund my career as a property developer and do better at lying about the other women and I will come back”.
From that point on she is all in, even backing him when he quits therapy. Entirely corrupted and colluding in his self destruction rather than trying to provide some sort of bulwark against it.