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Can Someone Make an Alternate 'Sopranos' Ending?

June 11, 2007 9:30 AM

I’m not a “Sopranos” fan. I never got into the show. I don’t think I’ve ever watched one full episode.

Still, I understand what it’s like to be fanatical about a book or movie or TV franchise.

And that’s why I can understand the frustration some “Sopranos” watchers feel today at the up-in-the-airness of last night’s series finale. Even though I took a certain amount of pleasure as a non-fan in looking up the ending online a few hours before the West Coast premiere, I still felt for my husband—a die-hard fan—when he called me into the living room at four minutes before 10 p.m. to watch the final minutes with him.

I didn’t reveal the ending to him, of course. But eventually, I had to.

Here’s what happened: the second the scene cut to black, he jumped up, cursing Comcast. He was convinced, as many fans were, that our digital video recorder had messed up, swallowed the real ending. He hit rewind a few times on the DVR, watching over and over. I finally had to put him out of his misery and tell him, yes, that was the real ending.

So I thought it would be fitting today to see how quickly alternate endings or other finale-related Sopranos videos turned up online.

OK, so first I try a search for “Tony Soprano” on Google to see if Google’s new universal search feature incorporating video will spit back any current video results. And the answer is: No.

So then, I do a video search on Google for “Sopranos finale” and still there’s nothing timely.

Over to YouTube. And that’s a big No too. The top results are the seven-minute “Sopranos” compilation summarizing the series as well as some trailers.

Now I am off to video search site ClipBlast. I don’t find any fan-created alternative endings there, but the results are more time-sensitive. There are gobs of videos from this morning with TV experts and critics discussing the actual ending—something on Roo and also a link for CBS2.com.

So there you go—if you want more “Sopranos” video, discussions, and blah-bah-dee-blah, go to Clipblast or Blinkx and you’ll find the latest.

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