Tuesday, June 12, 2007

The Movie Never Ends

So what is a story anyway? Is there a significant difference between ‘plot’ and ‘story’? And if there is, is it always necessary for the ‘plot’ to be resolved if the ‘story’ has essentially been finished? And what exactly means that the story has been finished? If the show is a story about a family named The Sopranos and at the end we’ve reached more or less a conclusion about who they are and where they are in the world, is it really necessary for the Russian from “Pine Barrens” to suddenly turn up again? Or to find out who’s turning state’s evidence?

What’s more important in the particular piece, the plot or the story? What are you more interested in?

Sitting in the restaurant eating Onion Rings, Tony has won for now, but more is coming. He knows it. Carmella has moved on from wondering about Adrianna, A.J. has stopped worrying about the war, Meadow has forgotten about medical school. His family is with him, as he wants, but all he can see as he looks up at every person coming in the door are people who might be coming at him. The guy in the truckers’ hat that says USA, that woman who looks slightly like Janice, the two black guys near the door, the guy in the Members’ Only jacket who may or may not be kinda familiar…This is who he is. And he’s not gonna stop, it’s gonna go on and on and on and on. And even though other things will very likely happen that we’ll never get to see, maybe that’s all that needs to be said.

I’m just wondering.

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