For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Dark Comedies, here’s a review of Pine Barrens (Sopranos episode) by Sherise of The Girl That Loved to Review
Thanks again to Reut of Sweet Archive. for choosing this month’s genre.
Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Steven of Past Present Future TV and Film We will be reviewing our favorite B&W films prior to 1990. Please get me your submissions by the 25th of August by sending them to email@example.com Try to think out of the box! Great choice Steven!
Let’s see what Sherise thought of this episode:
Dark Comedies: The Sopranos, “Pine Barrens”
I love dark comedies. It’s probably my favorite genre. I could have picked a million different ones to do, but instead the first thing that came to my mind was… a television show. A very specific episode that is branded into the minds of many viewers. I am talking about the legendary Sopranos episode “Pine Barrens.”
To me, this hour of television captures everything that a dark comedy should be. I think it could be enjoyable even if you haven’t seen the rest of the series. There are three storyline to this episode: Paulie, Christopher, and the Russian; Tony and Gloria; Meadow and Jackie. The first storyline is also the most memorable and hysterical. Paulie and Christopher go to pick up some money from a Russian guy. The situation gets out of hand when Paulie thinks he has killed the Russian and they have to bury his body at Pine Barrens. Paulie and Christopher are easily the funniest characters on the show. They have a lot of funny lines that are tinged with darkness.
The other focus of the episode is the dynamic between Tony and his mistress, Gloria. Tony’s psychiatrist later goes on to describe their affair as Amour Fou, “Crazy Love.” This episode perfectly captures all the ups and downs between the two. They fight, they make up, and they fight again. All culminating in a hilarious yet very dark argument during which Gloria throws a steak at Tony’s head. It’s wonderfully funny, but Gloria is so volatile and hysterical it becomes evident that Tony is simply repeating the destructive relationship he had with his borderline mother.
My question to you is: What happened to the Russian?!