So, The Sopranos has ended. I spent the entire morning ignoring all my regular bookmarked websites, all those RSS feeds I subscribe to, and got on with illegally downloading it, as I have done with the rest of this final season.
And herein lies a problem with the world wide-ness of the web, and the more staggered nature of TV and movie distribution. I believe that this season hasn’t even started in the UK, I have no idea when the dubbed-into-German version will be on telly over here; yet the US-driven web is already dissecting the (in my opinion, superb) ending.
Maybe HBO make too much money from selling shows like this to foreign TV stations, but it’s all a bit old fashioned, isn’t it? And it makes people like me, who’ll happily go to a bit torrent site and download it, into criminals. I don’t want to do it, but I’ve not really got any choice. I own six Sopranos DVD box sets, and I’ll buy this one when it is released, I just can’t be arsed to avoid some of my favourite websites for the next six months just in case one of them might mention something that happened in the last nine episodes.
I’ve now watched it, and looked at the RSS feeds, and of course, talk of the ending is all over the place. It would have been impossible not to know what was gonna happen.
Oy oy oy, and the people in Darfur think their lives are tough…