‘The Sopranos’ Death Is Still the Worst Show Ever

Of all the crappy characters on TV, The Sopranos” Jackie April Jr. (Jason Thurburn) was perhaps the saddest of them all, with his inevitable death symbolizing his bland existence. As the son of former DiMeo family boss Jackie Aprile, it’s easy to guess that Jackie Jr. will be the same. And yet, as the episode of arguably the greatest TV show of all time has shown, he’s like that little pebble in your shoe: it’s never a real threat, and more annoying than anything else . Little Jackie’s death was as insignificant as it was portrayed on TV, but as the show illustrates…that’s exactly the point. The kid was nearly drowned in three inches of water, a foretaste of what was to come.


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Jackie Aprile Jr. has always been pathetic

Jackie April Jr.
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First seen in the Season 2 episode “Knight in White Satin Armor”, basically everyone in the Sopranos raves about him. His father kept him out of the business, wanting him to be his own man outside the underworld. When his father died, he willingly hitched a ride with Uncle Richie (David Proval), and integrate themselves into what they call “this thing about us.” When Rich was killed by Janice Soprano (Aida Turturro), Jackie tried to go straight back. He began to become a fixture in the series, as well as his mother’s boyfriend Ralph Cifaretto (Joe Pantoliano), despite his initial disdain for him, he is drawn to the allure of mob life. After all, Ralph is a soldier of the Soprano family, and Jackie’s fragile heart is slowly swallowed by decadent thoughts.

For all the bad influence Ralph had in his young life, one could easily attribute it to his innate sense of abdication of responsibility. Instead of taking the path his father wanted him to take, he chose a more alluring path to success. Who can blame this guy? He’s the son of the previous boss after all, and he keeps reminding everyone of that. Little Jackie, at least in his own mind, felt that he should be given something, even a position, because of his last name. Ultimately, this spells disaster for the Maverick.

When he decides to get in on the action, he immediately gets into trouble for his inexperience. When he and Christopher Mortisanti (Michael Imperioli) robbed a benefit concert, and he froze in his car, nervous. Believing he had some leverage over the family, he decided to help Matush, who was expelled by Adriana La Cerva (Dre DeMatteo) clubs that sell ecstasy.He assures him with the utmost cringe godfather– style posture, he will do whatever it takes to get him to sell drugs at the club. Apparently, despite little Jackie’s “help”, Matush was beaten again. Jackie seemed to think that the scenes in the movie and the deals that took place before his eyes would immediately translate to reality for him and his team.his relationship with Tony Sopranoof(James Gandolfini) daughter Meadow (Jamie Lynn Siegler) would have been a nice break for him, but it turned out to be a lot worse for him.

It’s not good when you let Tony Soprano down

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Tony, a close friend and colleague of Applel Sr., assures Jackie’s father that he will take care of the boy and keep him out of gang life. However, little Jackie’s rebellious nature gets in the way, and his relationship with Tony Soprano reinforces his rebellious nature. He is dating the boss’s daughter and is a best friend, almost invincible. Of course, in typical Little Jackie fashion, he screwed everything up. Tony sees him gambling in casinos and stripping at strip clubs, all of which disappoint him. When he meets Tony in the bathroom, he drops a gun, which angers the mob boss. He didn’t want to have anything to do with the child anymore, and little April’s mood slowly declined.

His relationship with Medo ended after Medo found out that he was cheating. In an effort to regain some glory, after hearing stories from Ralph about Tony’s bluff, he goes to rob a game of cards. They accidentally kill a local gangster and wound Forio (Federico Casteluccio). As in his entire life, he was unlucky that day when Christopher recognized the face behind the mask and was betrayed by one of his friends. He hit rock bottom, experiencing only the cheap thrills without reaping the enticing benefits of crime. It seemed like every step he took on a path his father didn’t want him to take would lead him to hell. If only he could listen, but we’re talking about little Jackie. Apart from repeatedly blurting out how he does things in his father’s name, he is inconsistent and haphazard in his approach.

This boring death in ‘The Sopranos’ may have a purpose

James Gandolfini in the driver's seat of a car in The Sopranos
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Because of his actions, he started hiding out in the Boonton Project. He’s basically a walking dead man begging Tony to spare his life, but the plea is quickly ignored. In the last moments of his life, he played chess with one of the children, and even here he could not rest. Overwhelmed by his opponent, he threw away the board, effectively surrendering. This is basically a portrait of his life. He gives up when the going gets tough, never learns from his mistakes, and counts on the whims for favors. Vito Spatafore hit little Jackie in the head as he stepped outside for fresh air (Joseph R. Ganascolli) in the most unintentionally funny way. Or on purpose?

Looking back at the course of his short death, it was completely different from all other shocking murders. The Sopranos. It feels rushed, without gravitas, and without meaning. He’s even been shot by the worst prop gun imaginable, in which the barrel doesn’t move while firing, and the shell doesn’t eject after firing. The camera immediately cuts to him slumping across a clearly painted patch of snow, ending with the lumbering Vito slowly walking towards his getaway car. Even viewers accustomed to the suspension of disbelief that fiction provides will question this. How could a tall, slow, wobbly man possibly stalk a relatively young lad who could see him from a mile away? How is it possible that no one has ever seen an uncaring man having a sweet time in his car after shooting someone dead? Yes, the whole sequence is a mess, but maybe that’s the point.knowing david chase And with his thoughtful writing, this tragic death may actually have symbolic meaning.

throughout the process The SopranosSo far, the audience has witnessed the comedy of Little Jackie’s life. He miscalculates every opportunity presented to him and makes the stupidest decision of his life, even deciding to cheat on the gangster’s daughter. Treating his death in the most honorable way possible, or even giving it a certain sense of ostentation, would completely negate what his character stands for. It might be the most awkward showing of a character ending on TV, but it serves its purpose.great philosopher Aristotle mentioned in poetic theory The best ending is surprising but inevitable, and the hilarious death of Jackie Applel Jr. is the only way it could have happened. Fortunately, at least he didn’t suffer.

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