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All true.billymac wrote:I adore Pine Barrens. As to why, I can only speak for myself, although I will provide my thoughts as to why, in general it is an episode beloved by many Sopranos fans.
On the surface, it is the story of two near-incompetent (not professional) inner-city wise guy half-wits who are decidedly out of their element and lost as literal babes-in-the-woods, incapable of coping with a reality outside their own. The contrast of their ability to function highly in the inner city crime world versus their inability in the wild to accomplish something as simple as finding their way back to their car evokes some of the great themes in classical literature and modern entertainment. Think for example of just how marvelous it was to contrast Harrison Ford’s city detective existence with Amish Farm life in the movie "Witness". That stark contrast provides a superb backdrop.
It's at a 10 for me and one of the best episodes ever. The Pines Barren dialogue and action are the gold standard for 21th century television.HagensBing1977 wrote:A CLASSIC!!!!
This episode gives us some good psycho-Gloria action and some interesting drama with the Russian. But the comedic aspects of this particular episode make it stand out. And imo, it served to display Bobby as an integral character in which his character never turned back. A++++