burning through The Sopranos pretty quickly. just finished Season 3.
through this season, the characters were getting to me; I was finding it incredibly hard to sympathise, much like the way our viewer surrogate Melfi, her feelings crystallised in that minor outburst on at the phone at the end of one particular episode.
I felt on edge most episodes because of this barbed melodrama. 'One Man Army' really brought it all together, though - Jackie Jr. dying, Junior's song, all that tension from the lies upon lies just broke.
it did me in, I did shed tears. the dominant theme as of the point I'm at seems to be the inexorable crumbling of everything Tony touches.
that's the main draw of the show, for me, Tony's vulnerability. when he's aggressive, bullish, dishonest happy, whatever, that pushed me away. whenever he breaks down, I pour back in.
I just want them all to be honest with themselves and each other. I reckon I can appreciate the more toxic stuff for what it is when I watch it through again, but at this point, I needed that tension to snap one way or another.